Ambassadors Represent HSF and Encourage Families at Homeschool Conferences
This year, Home School Foundation (HSF) Ambassadors from Arizona, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Virginia attended their state and local homeschool conferences as HSF’s representatives, providing help and encouragement to struggling homeschoolers.
PENNSYLVANIA: Helping abandoned homeschooling mothers and their children
Shannon Smith, a brand new Community Ambassador for Pennsylvania who represented HSF at the annual Christian Homeschool Association of Pennyslvania (CHAP) conference, shared, “We spoke to several families who seemed in need of the services and help that HSF provides. . . . Most people had no idea what HSF does!”
Another new Pennsylvania Community Ambassador, Tracey Hanwell, talked with a distraught homeschooling mom in serious need of help—her husband had left her and their four children. Denise Phillips, our seasoned Pennsylvania Community Ambassador who organized HSF’s representation at the event, noted, “HSLDA referred two homeschooling moms to the HSF table who had been abandoned by their husbands. I am grateful that HSF exists to give hope in terrible circumstances.”
As they encouraged all of these mothers, our compassionate Pennsylvania Ambassadors pointed them to the “Get Help” section of the HSF website for further assistance.
MASSACHUSETTS: Supporting the homeschool community
Massachusetts State Ambassadors Robert and Darlene Muto reported that the HSF booth was “buzzing with non-stop activity” at the MassHOPE conference.
“Families shared with us how they have been blessed by HSF support—like the single mom with serious medical problems and the new widow whose husband was killed by a drunk driver. We had people who had never heard of HSF stop by to take brochures,” the Mutos said. “We really enjoy serving the homeschool community as ambassadors of the Home School Foundation!”
ARIZONA: Seeing the fruit of their labor
At the Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE) convention, the Arizona Ambassador Team included Jacki Lo, Cathy Yee, Marlon Avila, Shawn and Debbie Simpson, Josh Simpson, Simon and Shanell Grozav, and Grant, Carol, and Jonathan Gary.
The high point for the team was a visit from one of the first families they had ever assisted—the Heltons. Four years ago, Mr. Helton lost both his livelihood and the ability to speak clearly after suffering jaw cancer. An Ambassador Program grant and some skillful networking helped him obtain necessary dental work.
“After talking with so many new families and connecting with past recipient families, Grant and I were thrilled to see the Helton family,” Carol Gary recalled. “Four years after awarding the grant, it was amazing to see how well they were doing. Seeing lives change in very practical and dramatic ways is why our team loves what we do.”
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