Teen Feed as a Secure Base

By Josh Horvath, Advocate While serving as an Advocate for Teen Feed, I often ask myself how do youth find themselves homeless and trying to survive out on the streets?  I currently am a graduate student in counseling psychology at Northwest University, and view a lot of my times at Teen Feed through a psychological […]

Aging Out

by Paula Heath, Advocate  “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened…”  Dr. Seuss If you look at Wikipedia for the definition of “aging out,” this is what you’ll find: “Aging out is American popular culture vernacular used to describe anytime a youth leaves a formal system of care designed to provide services below […]

Grateful Volunteers

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” ~William Faulkner By Paula Heath, Advocate Right now, you may be thinking that “grateful volunteers” should say instead… “grateful nonprofit organizations.” The truth is that I have been thinking how grateful I am […]

Teen Feed’s Vision

By Paula Heath, Advocate Teen Feed staff asked me to give them my Advocate’s point of view on the Board-approved Vision statement. It is a little bit of a cheat for me to do this, because I have spent a lot of time around corporate vision, mission, and values development throughout my career. While it […]

A Guide for Youth Engagement

– By Paula Heath, Teen Feed Advocate Life is slippery. Here, take my hand. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr. As an Advocate with Teen Feed, our role sounds pretty simple: establish a safe zone for conversation from 7-8 pm; elicit information, whenever possible, about the Youth’s present situation that can be used by Staff to […]

Food Teams Rock!

  “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” –J. R. R. Tolkien  By Paula Heath, Teen Feed Advocate Today was July 3. The menu was bacon cheeseburgers with mustard, mayonnaise, and ketchup, corn, and chocolate chip cookies. Last Saturday night, the menu was […]

What’s in a Backpack?

“Where thou art, that is home.” – Emily Dickenson “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”                        – Maya Angelou What’s in those backpacks, anyway? By Paula Heath, Teen Feed Advocate At Teen Feed, every night, those of us volunteers […]

Why I Volunteer

By Paula Heath,  Teen Feed Advocate Behind the scenes of our family life, my mother was always volunteering – for the animal shelter, the American Cancer Society, the recycling center, or taking baskets of food to the lower income families on the island. With her as my lighthouse, I look back at my own volunteerism […]

Just People

  Elisabeth Moore, a Teen Feed Advocate, writes an article for Real Change answering the question: “What was it like for a student from Bush School to work with homeless youth?”   In the end we’re all just people. While being stuck in traffic or at a red light one of my favorite pastimes is to […]

Volunteer Opportunity: Teen Feed Board of Directors – Treasurer

Teen Feed is looking for an individual with financial acumen and a desire to make a difference in the issue of youth homelessness to join our committed Board of Directors. This member would serve as part of Teen Feed Executive Committee in the role of Treasurer, helping to provide financial direction to help the organization […]