Meet Huck House Youth Award Winner, Jania Perry.

After a childhood in foster care and being adopted at 14, Jania came from Rhode Island to Ohio when she turned 18 because her biological mother lived here. “Don’t underestimate me!” is the motto that guides Jania through life. If you do underestimate her, she will do what it takes to prove you wrong. She is a hard worker and has maintained employment while in Huck House’s Transitional Living Program. One of her goals is to pay off loans.

Her strength and determination are especially evident when it comes to her young daughter. Jania is committed to being the best parent she can be and boldly states that her daughter comes before everything. Jania left an abusive relationship to keep her daughter safe. She diligently applies what she learns from her parenting lessons. She says that the most important thing she has learned from her parent mentor is that it’s okay to let babies cry. As hard as it was, she knew she had to move her daughter to her own room. And that meant listening to some crying. When Jania is with her daughter, Huck House staff observe that she is incredibly attentive and always teaching new things. With a little giggle, Jania will tell you, “I’ve learned that kids are funny!”

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Main Campus
1421 Hamlet Street
Columbus, Ohio 43201
Adminstration Phone: (614) 294-8097
Fax: (614) 294-6109

Housing Program Office
1720 Kenmore Road
Columbus, OH 43219

Marsh Brook Place
5981 Chatterton Road
Columbus, OH 43232

YOP Shop
2216 Bancroft St.
Columbus, OH 43219

Direct Contribution

Donate Goods and Supplies

Items we need:

Clothing and Personal Items

  • Underwear
  • Sweatpants (Youth M – Adult XL)
  • Sweatshirts (Youth M – Adult XL)
  • Shorts (Youth M – Adult XL)
  • T-shirts (Youth M – Adult XL)
  • Socks
  • Wallets
  • Earbuds

General Supplies

  • Composition notebooks/journals
  • Adult coloring books
  • Colored pencils
  • Art supplies
  • “Smell goods” (i.e. Bath & Body Works)

Toiletries and Hygiene Products

  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner*
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Body soap*
  • Tootbrushes and toothpaste*
  • Brushes and combs
  • Ethnic hair care products

    The * denotes that the item must be in a full size bottle.

Misellaneous Items

  • Baby items
  • Pillows
  • Solid color twin comforters
  • Kitchen utensils, general cleaning and laundry supplies, picture frames
  • Non-perishable food items for youth outreach (crackers, cup of soup, fruit snacks, chips)
  • Gift cards from $5 to $25 for fast food restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations
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