Help Us Help Them

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About Home Start

Congratulations to Home Start, Inc., for being selected as the APHA 2018 Help Us Help Them host city charity. Home Start is a non-profit child abuse prevention and treatment agency, guided by their mission to assure the safety and resiliency of children by strengthening families and their communities. Home Start has strengthened and developed San Diego’s families and communities since 1972. To effectively prevent and treat child abuse, Home Start addresses the conditions that can contribute to risky or abusive situations – poverty, unsafe neighborhoods, lack of affordable housing, and unemployment – while concurrently addressing individual self-sufficiency and emotional needs.

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Giving Back to San Diego

APHA's goal is for every Annual Meeting registrant to join in the effort to give something back to the host city. Help make a real impact in San Diego by giving generously to Home Start. Give back with a monetary donation or with your time during the on-site volunteer event at APHA 2018. Learn more about how Home Start is making a difference in their community.

Make a Difference as a Volunteer

Give back to San Diego. This is the second year that APHA is implementing a volunteer opportunity into the Annual Meeting. We welcome all attendees to volunteer on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the San Diego Convention Center. You can reserve your time to volunteer through Annual Meeting Registration beginning on June 4.

Your Donation Makes an Impact

Home Start provides five different programs designed to strengthen families and protect children.

  • Community Services for Families (CSF)
    The goal of CSF is to promote child safety, child well-being and stable living environments for children.
  • Maternity Shelter Program (MSP)
    The Maternity Shelter Program provides pregnant or parenting homeless women ages 18-24 and their children with housing and wrap-around supportive services.
  • Mental Health Services
    The Mental Health team at Home Start provides therapy services to children, families, and adults, both in the community and at the Home Start Inc. Counseling Center. Most services are FREE to clients.
  • First 5 First Steps
    This program provides in-home parent education to pregnant women and their families. Our highly trained Family Support staff provides services to teens, military families (including active duty and veterans), immigrants, and low-income women.
  • Communities in Action (CiA)
    CiA offers a hand-up through a continuum of care to help move individuals and families towards self-sufficiency. Working from a strength-based perspective, each client is treated as a partner in the creation of individualized service plans designed to help them achieve self-sufficiency.

Every dollar makes a difference

Donations can be made through registration beginning on June 4

  • $10 can provide a home safety kit to a family in our First 5 First Steps Program to ensure their home is a safe space for their young child.
  • $25 can provide a case of diapers or wipes for a family in any of our programs struggling to make ends meet.
  • $50 can provide a gas card to a young mother in our Maternity Shelter program to allow her to attend work and school in order to create a better life for her children.
  • $100 can help provide a therapy session for a child who has experienced trauma or abuse.
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Major Achievements

  • In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, Home start served nearly 23,000 individual clients.
  • 202 children and 28 adults received therapy through our Mental Health programs.
  • 576 families received in home parenting education and case management services through Home Start’s Community Services for Families program.
  • 40 young homeless women and their 45 children received housing and supportive services through Home Start’s Maternity Shelter Program.
  • 179 families received at risk home visitation services and parenting education through our First 5 First Steps program.

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