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Hope Through Creativity

On April 29, a group of 10 HCEF high school ambassadors and performers hosted the annual Hope Through Creativity performance at the Union Project in Highland Park. Hope Through Creativity is led by the High School Ambassadors of HCEF. Hope Through Creativity is part of the movement toward educational justice for homeless children in Pittsburgh.…
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HCEF Wins Ted Craig Humanitarian Award from Women’s Center and Shelter

On May 4, HCEF was honored with the Ted Craig Humanitarian Award at the Women’s Center & Shelter Celebrating Survivors benefit dinner. HCEF was recognized because of our continued work with the women and families served by Women’s Center and Shelter. Women’s Center and Shelter is an emergency shelter for women that provides specialized care…
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Donor Spotlight: Our Retail and Restaurant Partners

The first few months of 2018 are off to a great start at HCEF because of our retail and restaurant partners in Pittsburgh. These businesses are committed to raising awareness of childhood homelessness in Pittsburgh and have donated crucial funding to support the work of HCEF in our local community. We are very grateful for…
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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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