HARFORD COUNTY – Despite the difficulties of the pandemic, Harford Family House continues to help families in Harford County.
Harford Family House is a housing program that helps homeless families get back on their feet. They also offer programs for young adults coming out of the foster care system.
Typically, families stay for about six months, but the coronavirus pandemic has made things more difficult.
“A few of our families lost their jobs when COVID started and the sweating stopped, we had some difficulty getting families to work, but we made it work,” said Heather Volk, Resource Development Manager at Harford Family. Accommodation. “We were able to stay open because here at Harford Family House families have their own apparent space. Keep them apart from other families.”
Galia Moorehead lives in one of the apartments with her two children. They have been at Harford Family House for about a year.
“Ever since I’ve been here. My kids love it, I love it. Especially my daughter. She’s like they always have something for the kids and it’s usually just in the parking lot. It’s also a good thing,” Moorehead said. “It’s a place for stability. They help me through our first few months, if I need diaper wipes they just help support me because when I arrived I was really depressed. Everyone here has a good heart, they help us. I’m still thinking about how I’m going to help them when I leave.”
Right now, Moorehead is going to school to get her degree in sociology. She learns virtually, with her children.
“I want to own a group home. I’m a foster kid myself. That’s where the idea came from. The whole plan and I’m excited about it. It’s the first step of what I want to do,” Moorehead said. “I think in a few months I will have my car, a house and hopefully a good job.”
Moorehead is one of 30 families currently being helped by Harford Family House and staff are preparing for further influx, particularly once the eviction moratorium is lifted.
“As things continue to open up, we anticipate there will be an increased need for our services with more people experiencing homelessness,” Volk said.
They could therefore benefit from your help. They are having a fundraiser Wednesday, April 14 from 5-8 p.m. at the Independent Brewing Company in Bel Air.
They also reveal details of their May fundraiser at this event. A portion of the proceeds will go to Harford Family House.