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Creating Hope through Learning

by Jiexi Wu Carnegie Mellon University In 2016, 3,000 children in Allegheny County experienced homelessness. The Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) is working to address the unique educational needs of these youth. For years, HCEF has been devoting itself to providing children and youth experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County with educational resources and helping them…
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Diocese Poster & Essay Contest

We are excited to announce the 2017 Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh Poster and Essay Contest winners! These students chose to either write an essay or design a poster relating to how they can help children and families experiencing homelessness in our community. Claire Stevens of Blessed Trinity Academy wrote this year’s first-place essay, and Alexandria Westray of…
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Intern Profiles: Christa Brashier

Christa Brashier is the Development & Outreach intern for the Homeless Children’s Education Fund. My name is Christa Brashier and I am a senior at the University of Pittsburgh (PITT), where I major in Media & Professional Communications. Prior to Pitt, I attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) where I was in a collaborative program…
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Book in a Backpack

I began working as an after school reading tutor with the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) in the winter of 2010. I enjoyed choosing the library books I planned to read to the children in various Pittsburgh shelters and I especially loved to read aloud to them. We often shared the reading; I would read…
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2016 Hope Through Learning Award Winners

On Thursday, July 21, HCEF honored five inspiring young people with the 2016 Hope Through Learning Award. We celebrated these college-bound recipients with a ceremony at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. The Hope Through Learning Award is a financial award available to young people who have persevered against homelessness and are applying to post-secondary education programs.…
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Supporter Spotlight: Young Brothers Tae Kwon-Do

On Saturday, May 21, Young Brothers Tae Kwon-Do held their spring tournament in support of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF). The tournament raised $10,610. Grand Master Kong and Young Brothers have been donating proceeds from their tournaments to HCEF since February 2011. The most recent donation brings their total to over $75,000! On behalf…
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