Hearts to Homes is pleased to announce a partnership with CASA-NYC

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Hearts to Homes is pleased to announce a partnership with CASA-NYC. Family court judges assign CASA-NYC volunteers to the most complex cases for young people involved in the NYC child welfare system. These volunteers work diligently to provide individualized attention to each child, ensuring their needs are protected and rights addressed while helping them navigate the maze of the NYC foster care system.  They work to ensure that children in foster care are moved quickly into safe, stable, nurturing, and permanent homes – with their families of origin whenever possible. We welcome CASA-NYC as the 27th referring partner in our Hearts to Homes family. 

Meet our New Board Members! 

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 Clockwise from top left: Gloria Dios, Allison Reich, Jan Jason, Mary Leitner

Hearts to Homes is pleased to welcome, and introduce to our donors, four new members of our Board of Directors. Each of these individuals brings a commitment to philanthropy and to our mission to help foster youth make a smoother transition from foster care to independence. We look forward to working with them as we continue our work in New York City, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Putnam counties.

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News Report Documents the Impact of Your Support!

On Wednesday, October 12, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt featured the story of Christina Abraham, a young woman who received Hearts to Homes furnishing support this past August. Watch the report to learn more about the impact your donation makes!

Part 1 and Part 2 of NBC Nightly News Films give a more in-depth look into the process of aging out and Hearts to Homes’ program for assistance.

Unprotected: Aging out of foster care (Part 1)

Unprotected: Aging out of foster care (Part 2)

Talented and Treasured

Debra and Patrick

Our thanks for the treasure, time, and talents of Debbra Stolarik and Patrick Dolan, two Hearts to Homes board members who have finished their term. Their efforts on behalf of foster youth helped us expand our support to youth at twenty-six organizations. Our mission would not have had this growth without their amazing leadership!

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Two new agency expansions bring Hearts to Homes assistance to Putnam and Suffolk counties

Hearts to Homes is pleased to announce two new partnerships which are helping us expand our services geographically to more individuals in need!


NAFI New York is a multi-service agency that has provided programming and individualized support services to youth and families, since 2005, in a variety of settings across New York State.  In this case, this partnership is the direct result of an expansion of services to Putnam County!  NAFI’s core services include foster care, wraparound programming, and ground-breaking, evidence-based services for families in their homes and communities.  

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Family & Children’s Association (FCA) is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit that is dedicated to providing help and hope to Long Island’s most vulnerable children, families, seniors, and communities. We are pleased to be supporting young adults who are part of FCA’s Project Independence. This new partnership has led to the furnishing of our first home in Suffolk County!

We welcome NAFI and FCA as the 25th and 26th referring partner in our Hearts to Homes family.

Hearts to Homes partners with Lutheran Social Services of New York (LSSNY)


Hearts to Homes is pleased to announce a partnership with Lutheran Social Services of New York (LSSNY).

For over 130 years, LSSNY has provided early childhood education, supportive housing, hunger prevention, foster care, and legal services for immigrants and refugees. The agency is transforming from a provider of social services to a purveyor of social change. By working to dismantle the causes and effects of persistent poverty and social injustice, LSSNY transforms communities, helping program participants reach their full potential.

Hearts to Homes is proud to support LSSNY youth who are aging out of foster care. We welcome them as the 22nd partner agency in our Hearts to Homes family.

Services Expanded to Include Rockland County

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The New Tappan Zee Bridge (The Governor M. Cuomo) spanning the Hudson River in New York.

Hearts to Homes is happy to announce the expansion of services to young adults aging out of foster care in Rockland County.  We look forward to working with Rockland County Department of Social Services to provide furnishings and furniture to Rockland youth in need.  This follows recent expansions to Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Hearts to Homes Expands Services

Hearts to Homes is expanding, and we wanted you to be the first to know!  Young adults who are aging out of foster care in Nassau and Suffolk are now eligible for our services. Some of our existing partner agencies already work with foster youth in these counties, so the transition to helping young adults in these new geographic areas will be seamless!  Without you, this expansion would not be possible.  Thank you for your continued support.  We hope you are as excited as we are by this news!

Speech by Tyneisha Fraser at the Open Hearts at Oceana Event March 23, 2022

Tyneisha Fraser is a social worker with Catholic Guardian Services.  She has lived experience with Hearts to Homes as a young adult aging out of foster care herself.  She has also referred eight young adults to us over the last few years in her role as a case planner in family foster care.  Tyneisha brings a unique perspective, as both a recipient and a referring case planner.  We thank her for her thoughtful words.


Good evening, everyone.

 My name is Tyneisha Fraser. Today I will tell you about my journey growing up in foster care and my experience with the Hearts to Home Organization. My siblings and I were placed in foster care when I was 7 years old.  At the age of thirteen years old, my mother passed away, which left me to grow up in foster care alone. During my teenage years, I struggled with my self-esteem, searching for love and affection from my teachers and peers. I also struggled with losing my birth mother and being separated from my siblings.

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