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Celebrating Who You Are Is Critical

Celebrating Who You Are Is Critical

By Liam Bailey When asked to think of “who you are,” what comes to mind? The words that pop into my head are descriptors and identity words. Everyone is made up of a multitude of identities and these are important for how we move through our lives. The world we live in isn’t always celebratory…

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A Basis for Transformative Relationships

Transformative Relationships

By Gabby Lampen The journey of a member at HQ begins with our member agreement. This agreement is the foundation of how we build relationships and ensure everyone has the space and safety to be themselves and pursue what they need. Although we ask little of youth to become a member, we ask considerably more…

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DeWys Manufacturing – We Can Do Better Together

dewys manufacturing

HQ is extremely humbled ­­­to announce that DeWys Manufacturing will be matching up to $5,000 of donations made in response to this 2019 spring campaign. Their support has been amplified by an additional matching gift of up to $10,000 from an anonymous donor, making the total potential match $15,000. Help us secure every dollar with your…

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A Critical Piece

Critical Piece

During the polar vortex weather event of 2019, HQ closed due to weather for the first time in its four plus years of operation. One of HQ’s core values is to be boldly transparent and Drop-In Manager, Drea McKinney sat down to share some thoughts and observations on a week when the weather posed unique challenges for everyone…

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A Trip to The Social Security Administration

Trip to The Social Security Administration

“I don’t think about my vital documents super often. I’ve had a passport since I was 12 – that’s my privilege.” Gabby and I are sitting with a member – let’s call them Dee to preserve their privacy – in the waiting room of the Social Security Administration. Gabby, our Member Specialist and Advocate, is…

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Health and Home

Health and home

An Interview with Sharon + Tracey In the United States, about 15% of Americans live without health insurance, a significant barrier to health access. Among homeless Americans, this percentage rises to 70%. The nurse’s station at HQ is a direct response to this disproportionate need; our youth, many of whom are uninsured, deserve a space where…

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Coffee With Megan Huxhold

Coffee With Megan

Rest, Resources and Readiness are at the core of HQ and drive our work. But as Sam, our Education and Employment manager likes to say: “The fourth “R” is Relationships.” The bonds we form and strengthen with our youth, staff, board, volunteers, community partners… These are at the core of HQ. We believe each and…

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Breathing In The Sun

breathing in the sun

BY: JALIM ALI Early morning at the bus stop, eyes closed, light still bleeds through, filling my head with that yellowy red, my breath slides in and out of my lungs almost effortlessly, I feel the sun breaking up the chill bite of the morning, the soothing sounds of chillstep flow from my headphones, breathing…

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Reminded Of Our Past, Empowered For Our Future

Reminded of our Past, Empowered for our Future

Across generations, there has been a history of African Americans who excel in various professions and venues. We have great poets like Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou. Innovators like George Washington Carver, Madam CJ Walker and Lewis Latimer. Actors like Sidney Poitier and  Denzel Washington. We are musicians, artists, politicians, medical professionals, and businesspeople. What…

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