As we reflect on 2023, Hearts to Homes is thrilled to share a milestone that fills our hearts with pride: furnishing a record-breaking 165 apartments! That’s a 35% increase from the previous year, when we furnished 122 apartments.
This incredible achievement brings our total to 584 furnished apartments since Hearts to Homes began. More than just numbers, these are homes for independent young adults, including the parents of 192 custodial children, contributing to family stability and brighter futures.
In May, we announced that we had reached a major milestone as we crossed the threshold of $1 million in essential home furnishings provided! The timing of that announcement could not have happened at a better time – during National Foster Care Month.
Recognizing the importance of employment and the variety of factors that may prevent achievement of some educational goals, in September, we announced the expansion of our services to all youth who age out of care with a job, regardless of their educational credentials. Prior to this expansion, a young person needed to have a high school diploma, a trade certificate or two completed parts of the GED.
The last quarter of 2023 was particularly astounding, with 51 apartments furnished – a 59% increase compared to the same period in 2022. This growth reflects the increasing need for our services.
We are able to meet this need because of the unwavering support from our community.
Every furnished apartment is a step towards breaking the cycle of instability and building a foundation for a promising future. We’re grateful to every individual donor, corporation or foundation who has been part of this journey – your support turns these aspirations into reality.
Here’s to continuing this impactful journey and transforming even more lives in the coming years. Thank you for being a vital part of our mission!