Mission: Our Mission: To provide advocacy, community engagement, and direct service programs that support the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County.
Our Vision: That all children and youth experiencing homelessness will receive the necessary educational resources, guidance and opportunities to launch them on a path of success in school and in life.
Target demographics: Children and youth experiencing homelessness of all ages.
Geographic areas served: Our direct education services are focused primarily in Allegheny County, but we work to build awareness and outreach throughout the region and the state.
Programs: When children become homeless, the uncertainties of their situation and the accompanying emotional stress may mean they do not attend school for days, even weeks. Once back in school – often not the school they had been attending – they may have difficulty adjusting to new teachers, different expectations, and unfamiliar classmates. Children who are homeless can quickly fall behind.
HCEF is committed to advocating for the educational rights of these children and to fostering within them "hope through learning." The organization does this through extensive educational programs/services, outreach events, and collaboration within the community.
We are privileged to have as our partners in this endeavor the dedicated homeless housing agency directors and after-school program staffs and HCEF volunteers.
I am a faculty member at a local university who has partnered with HCEF for service-learning classes. I am very impressed by the expertise, professionalism, and heart of the staff I have worked with at HCEF. GREAT NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION.
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I have been involved with HCEF for the past 8 years. Over that period I have worked with all of the folks at the agency and have been impressed with their dedication to the mission of the organization and the people they are helping. In these eight years I have seen the program grow and prosper and since Bill Wolfe has become the Executive Director the program has become even more well known in the community. I am impressed with the fact that in September every child that is in the system receives a book bag stocked with the things they will need as they start school. With this protracted recession there have been more families than ever who find themselves in a homeless situation. HCEF ensures that children in the myriad shelters in Southwestern Pennsylvania have the opportunity to continue their schooling while in this situation. I personlly have encountered the children in this program and with the support of HCEF these kids are going to school without interruption and that is a good thing not only for each of them but for our community as well. I commend Dr. Joe Lagana, for his leadership in starting this wonderful program and the impact it has had on the homeless children in our community. who