Cheyanne Deopersaud Speaks at Open Hearts at City Winery 2024 

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Hi everyone, Thank you so much for taking the time out to celebrate such an amazing program!

Standing before you today, I’m filled with immense gratitude and a sense of accomplishment that once seemed beyond my reach. I began to live independently at the age of 19, a transition marked by uncertainties and the stark reality of stepping into adulthood with not much more than my laptop and a few pieces of clothes to my name. It’s a journey that truly underscores the transformative power of Hearts to Home, an organization that has been a beacon of hope and support for someone like me.

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We Welcome Two New Referring Partners

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Hearts to Homes is pleased to announce two new referring partners – Lawyers For Children and The Jewish Board.

Lawyers For Children’s ACT Project provides legal and social work services to young people aging out of foster care, directing specialized attention, advocacy, and resources to this critically underserved population. Through the ACT Project, their clients achieve better educational outcomes, acquire job training, receive therapy and appropriate medical services, and get help developing meaningful connections to caring adults who can support them through their transition to adulthood and beyond. Providing sustained and intensive advocacy for these young adults can make a dramatic positive difference in their lives, helping them enter the community as successful, independent adults.

Hearts to Homes is pleased to announce a partnership with The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. The Jewish Board strengthens families and communities throughout New York City by helping individuals of all backgrounds realize their potential and live as independently as possible.

2023- Recap of an amazing year!

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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!

A New Look for Hearts to Homes’ Board!

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Hearts to Homes’ Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Nicole Grogan has been elected President of the board, Mary Leitner is the Vice President, and Cathy Murphy steps into the role as Treasurer.  Gloria Dios continues her role as board secretary.  Mary Theresa McCombe, co-founder of Hearts to Homes, has stepped down as board President, but will continue as Executive Director of the organization.

Hearts to Homes also began its new fiscal year by welcoming six new members to the board and saying good-bye and thank you to four outgoing board members, three of whom have been with us since Hearts to Homes was founded! 

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Support That Doesn’t Stop at the State Line

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Your donations to Hearts to Homes may reach farther than you realize!

Meet Sara Scott, a former foster care youth who had just graduated from college in Westchester County. Sara applied and was accepted into Seton Hall University’s 14-month accelerated nursing program in Nutley, New Jersey. She remembers feeling both excited and terrified – excited to continue her education and pursue a future career, but terrified because there was no housing available for the program.

“How could I afford to buy all the necessities needed to furnish an apartment for the first time?” Sarah recalls.

After reaching out to different foster agencies for help, she was referred to Hearts to Homes for assistance.

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Hearts to Homes thanks CBS News for covering our story and highlighting the impact our services make!  Happy National Foster Care Month!

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May is National Foster Care Month, and we’re building futures, one apartment at a time.

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National Foster Care Month is an opportunity for us to celebrate foster youth and the people who provide them with love and support. Please join Hearts to Homes as we launch our May 2023 challenge to raise $30,000 to furnish 12-15 new homes – and build futures, one apartment at a time.

Every dollar donated will help provide the essentials to furnish a first apartment and support a young adult leaving foster care. Whether your donation helps purchase pots and pans, a comforter, a shower curtain or a coffee table – you will be helping create a stable, healthy home.

When we help provide the essentials to furnish a first apartment for these young adults, we help them create a space of their own – and improve the odds that they remain in their apartments, in school or employed, and parenting their children.

Join us in helping young adults aging out of foster care make a fresh start. We have the opportunity to receive a $15,000 match when we raise the first $15,000 in GoFundMe donations! Visit our GoFundMe link to make a donation today

The need for our services is greater than ever – hundreds of young adults aged 18-21 years of age will transition out of foster care in the NYC area this year (our geographic coverage includes Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Nassau, and Suffolk). Most leave foster care with few possessions and no family to help them make this transition.

Of course, you can also donate right here on our website –

Or, you can “buy a bundle” of the most requested household necessities for our next foster youth aging out –

You can also find us on Venmo @Hearts_to_Homes and make your donation there!

Thank you for your interest and support!

Hearts to Homes Announces a Major Milestone!

We are pleased to announce that Hearts to Homes has provided over $1 million dollars in furnishing assistance to over 450 young adults who have aged out of foster care in New York City, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. The average cost to furnish an apartment and provide essential home furnishings for a living room, bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom is $2,400. Hearts to Homes’ support has followed young New Yorkers, who have chosen to relocate, to Texas, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Connecticut as well as several counties in upstate New York.

Begun as a program of Cardinal McCloskey Community Services, Hearts to Homes provided furnishings for six young adults in 2016. By November 2017, Hearts to Homes had separately incorporated to facilitate expansion of our services to qualified youth at additional foster care agencies.

Since then, Hearts to Homes has expanded our referral program from a single agency to twenty-six referring partners – all of which are either foster care agencies or organizations whose missions are to support foster youth. Today, Hearts to Homes continues to expand services and referral criteria so that more and more young adults in need will be able to avail themselves of this critical support. In 2023, Hearts to Homes expects to furnish 140 apartments for young adults in need.

Our mission is focused on assisting youth at a critical moment in their lives – when they move from foster care to their first, independent apartment. Statistics show that Hearts to Homes’ support is one of the factors that reduces the chance of homelessness, incarceration or inter-generational foster care, instead resulting in more young people remaining stable in their first homes.

Hearts to Homes is indebted to the many donors who have made this possible and to our volunteers and referring partners who work with us each week to make a difference in the lives of these young people!

Better When We’re Together

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Sometimes, Hearts to Homes supports more than just an individual aging out of foster care. One-third of young adults are pregnant or parenting when they are referred to us for assistance.

Our goal is to help these families stay together – we have even enabled a family reunification – by supplying everything needed for a safe and complete home.  In fact, with your help, we’re supporting more families each year – 19 families in 2020, 26 in 2021, and 29 families in 2022.

Overall, that means that your support has helped to furnish the homes of over 145 infants, toddlers and young children, making their home a safer, more comfortable place to grow and thrive!

Currently in 2023, 83% of our parents are stable and living with their children. In one study, only about half of children born to a mother in foster care remained out of foster care by age two. Does providing a safe and comfortably furnished home help to keep these young parents more stable?  We would certainly like to think so.  The cost of caring for a child in foster care has a terrible emotional cost and can average $50,000 per year.

Through providing furnishing and living necessities for our recipients, at an average cost of $2,310 per family, we are part of a system of support that promotes stability. With your help, Hearts to Homes aims to keep families together and end the cycle of foster care. Because we all know, we are better when we are together.

2022 Brought Hearts to Homes Assistance to More Young People in Need than Ever!

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  • 123 apartments furnished over 365 days! That’s a 25% increase over the prior year.
  • Assistance provided to youth aged 18 to 26. The average age of our young adults is 21 years old.
  • 70% of apartments furnished were in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx. We also provided furnishings to youth in Queens, Staten Island, Westchester and, for the first time, Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam and Rockland Counties.  We also furnished apartments for NYC youth who relocated to Stamford, New Orleans and Houston.
  • We provided furnishings to young women who were leaving foster care while pregnant or parenting. The homes of 35 infants, toddler and young children were made more comfortable and safer with our furnishing assistance. In many cases, Good + Foundation or Bundles of Joy provided several items needed for these children. Synergistic partnerships are so important and beneficial! We appreciate the support these organizations provide.
  • In addition to expanding our services to more geographic regions, we expanded services to those who have two parts of their GED completed and who plan on completing that educational credential.  We also can now accept referrals of youth who have a trade certificate, even if they do not have a high school diploma/GED. We assisted 6 youth who aged out after graduating college and 24 young adults who are currently college students. Education and job skills are vital steppingstones to success!
  • Over 50% of those referred to us desire some type of mentoring relationship. Hearts to Homes can now connect these young adults to this vital resource.
  • Hearts to Homes provided a meal basket to 43 individuals who indicated that they needed this type of assistance during the year-end holidays.