Our Story

We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to experience safe and supportive spaces that respect and foster their strengths, creativity and abilities. Since 1994, Home Away has enriched the lives of thousands of children and youth impacted by homelessness, providing emotional, social, recreational and educational support. Our multi-faceted programs create supportive environments in which homeless youth can attain their full potential, live healthy lives, and break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.  


Our Team

Don Blasky, LMFT

Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) Program Director

Don has worked in the field of youth development for over 30 years and has been a leader at BACR since 1987. Integral to the merger between BACR and Home Away in 2012, Don currently serves as  the BACR manager for Home Away and oversees all programmatic, fiscal and fund development activities. Don has long-standing relationships with the youth-serving community throughout the Bay Area and is part of city, regional and state-wide committees and work groups all focused on improving the lives of students.

 

Diallo Grant

School House Director

Diallo studied Philosophy and Writing at SFSU and has worked with school-age youth since 2001.  He has experience with every age group, from kindergarten through college, as a private tutor, classroom teacher, and in after-school programs. He has been at Home Away since 2006 and has directed the School House program since 2013. His experience at Home Away is that love, community, structure, and play can heal most trauma and return a sense of optimism and potential to kids who feel hopeless and jaded about the future.

 

Justin Gamm

Beach House Director

Prior to joining Home Away, Justin served as an Americorps service member in after-school program sites in Oakland and San Francisco, and directed an after-school program for Title I families in San Rafael through Bay Area Community Resources. Justin is dedicated to building community and enacting positive social change through outdoor education and, as Director of Beach House, is excited to lead expeditions for youth groups that might not otherwise have access to our National Parks. 

 

Freddy Eberhardt

Fundraising Coordinator

Freddy studied Public Management and Policy at the University of Arizona where he was involved in fundraising for five years before joining Home Away. The challenges he faced as a youth and his success as a young adult have compelled him to give back in any way possible. He is committed to building a strong support network for the close-knit community and family environment he has found at Home Away. 

 

Kristen Schepker

School House Program Coordinator

Since her first official job as a summer camp counselor-in-training, Kristen has worked with youth in various settings, including classrooms, after-school programs, and the great outdoors. Prior to joining the School House team she served homeless children and families in family shelters and transitional housing facilities throughout San Francisco. She studied anthropology as an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis and holistic health as a graduate student at the California Institute of Integral Studies. 

 


Advisory Board

Fran O'Sullivan, Board President

Ash Aggarwal
Robert E. Aune
Ellen Burke
D.M. Kloker
Madhavi Maheshwari
Jennifer Marcellette
Kate Misskelley
Barbara Myers
Hiroko Ninomiya
Margaret Park
Yasaman Sohrabi
Bud Travers
Alicia Young