This summer, 18 students had the amazing experience of participating in Operation Homestead, thanks to the support of six host families. Students expanded their “horizons” by connecting with people and places they may not otherwise encounter.
In addition to current Horizons-Upward Bound (HUB) students, alumni students that are employed by HUB as Resident Advisors and Activity Leaders also had a chance to participate in Operation Home- stead as a chaperone. HUB resident advisor and alumna, Natori Tinnon had the following to say about her Homestead experience with HUB Advisory Board member, Bob Ufer and his wife Susie.
“Joy filled my heart when we reached out for “good-bye handshakes”, and Mrs. Ufer canceled them all with hugs. To meet people for the first time, and have them be so kind, giving, and generous, is truly a blessing. The Ufers will forever have a special place in our hearts, as we are so ap- preciative of their kind personalities and genuine spirits."
We are especially grateful to Lowell Baker, Nimish and Kalpana De- sai, Phyllip Hall, Michael and Sandy Hermanoff, Bob and Susie Ufer, and Michael and Beth Willoughby for hosting our students and making these experiences possible.
Each Homestead is special not only to the students that participate, but also to the hosts. One Homestead host commented, “Few things can match the joy of knowing that you helped to shape the future of your youth.”
You too can make a difference in the lives of HUB students by hosting a Homestead. Contact Sommer Brock, Director of Development at 248-645-3137 or via email at email@example.com to learn more about volunteering for HUB.