Home Start Heroes.

Do you have a heart for children? Have you ever wanted to be a hero? You can! Become a partner with Home Start today to help strengthen families and protect children.

For over 45 years, Home Start Heroes has fought to protect precious children from abuse. To effectively prevent and treat child abuse, Home Start provides life-changing services such as parenting education, housing, employment case management and mental health services, with a focus on self-sufficiency and resiliency. In fact, over 28,000 low to moderate-income families and children benefit each year from Home Start’s programs!

Two of these innovative programs are the Maternity Shelter Program (MSP) for homeless young mothers and their children, and its accompanying “Repurpose for a Purpose,” Thrift Boutique. MSP provides safe, stable housing and supportive services to give moms and kids the love and support needed to get back on their feet. The Boutique provides professional work experience to the moms in the MSP and is also a source of revenue to support Home Start’s sustainability efforts.

Lyndse, Thrift Boutique Lead Associate, is living proof that their Maternity Shelter Program and its Thrift Boutique are changing lives. Last year, this 20 year-old homeless mother began volunteering in the Boutique. While in the MSP, she set a goal to gain experience and confidence to enter the workforce.

Initially, Lyndse was shy and only felt comfortable working in the back-donation room folding clothes. With gentle staff encouragement and guidance, she became an employee and continued adding responsibilities. The day came that Lyndse opened the store by herself and managed it until close. Now, she loves being up front and greeting customers. Home Start’s Boutique has helped transform Lyndse from shy and timid into a confident young woman who recently moved on her own to support herself and her adorable 3 year-old son.

Are you ready to put on your cape? Join the life-changing team of Home Start Heroes at their 10th Annual Hallo-Wine Fall Festival on Saturday October 28th from 3-6 PM. Guests will enjoy a fantastic array of boutique wines, hand-crafted beers and liquors, and gourmet hors d’oeuvres at Burnham House, a beautiful historic venue near Balboa Park.

Purchase your tickets today at www.Home-Start.org and help every child in San Diego to have a safe, nurturing home.