All of us in the DeWys family love to see people grow and reach their potential! It’s why we love HQ, and it is a big part of why we have supported the organization over the years. Youth are given the time, space and resources they need to know they are the creators of their future. This only happens with access to essential resources, and most importantly, when each youth knows they have people who genuinely care for them.
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 of them during their time at HQ: we ask for mindfulness, open-mindedness, patience, and intentionality, even in times of crisis. We also ask this of ourselves; of our volunteers and community partners; our staff and board members; of everyone who interacts with HQ. This led me to wonder: what would it look like if these philosophies expanded beyond HQ?
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.
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 struggling with housing insecurity.
“I don’t think about my vital documents super often. I’ve had a passport since I was 12 – that’s my privilege.”
In the United States, about 70% of homeless Americans live without health insurance, a significant barrier to health access. We spoke to Nurse Sharon Hiemstra and Educator Tracey Fahner about the important resources they provide: first aid, education, advice and answering questions.
Meet Megan Huxhold, a volunteer whose life has led her around the world, giving her a unique perspective around the ways we trust people, create relationships, and reach healing. From an early age, Megan was involved in creating relationships
I feel the sun breaking up the chill bite of the morning/ the soothing sounds of chillstep flow from my headphones/ breathing slows as the music swells/ and the cars slow/ the sun on my skin is warm now/ a golden glow/ transporting me/ sends me sliding back through my memories