Consulting on Collaboration

Building relationships is vital to making change. At HQ, this means building relationships with members, with young people in the community, with our supporters and neighbors, and with local businesses doing good work to make an impact. We take building relationships very seriously and trust that this focus creates opportunities for unique partnership.  A local…

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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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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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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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