• "Discipline, respect, loyalty, and love are what I learned from the houseparents. I have 3 older brothers and we all went there. Thanks Kurn Hattin–Always the place I call home."

    ~Stephen Smith, Class of 1994

  • "The area I came from wasn’t the best environment. Though I didn’t want to be here at first, I’d say my mom did the right thing. The houseparents are like family. They changed my life. I matured in all aspects from being a little kid to growing into a man.”

    ~Jacob Edwards, Class of 2018

  • "I love Kurn Hattin and miss it like crazy.  Kristi Lisai, thank you for being the BEST English teacher ever, being so easy to talk to, and teaching me how to be such a good writer!  Richard M. Long, thank you for never giving up on me when I would do so badly in social studies.  And to all of the other teachers and staff, just thank you for being my ... AWESOME TEACHERS!"

    ~ Chelsea Candello, Class of 2012

  • "Kurn Hattin provided advice, support, and encouragement to pursue my dreams. The most important lesson I learned was to be humble, kind, and help those who were less fortunate. Because of Kurn Hattin, I have found my voice, my purpose in life, and my passion to help those who are in need.”

    ~Heather Kampfer, Class of 2001, Alumni Association President

  • "I still remember walking into Kurn Hattin. The scared little girl I was. Seeing myself grow over the years has been a blessing. But I never could have done it without the backbone of my forever home. Thank you, all of you. I really did it. I graduated high school!"

    ~ Makiah Curtis, Class of 2012

  • “Kurn Hattin was the best choice my family ever made for me. When I was in the 8th grade I didn’t want to leave.”

    ~Kristen McDaniel, Class of 1991

  • “Best years of my life. I’m now 36 married and have 3 beautiful daughters. Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for everything this school did for me. Kurn Hattin definitely made me the man I am today.”

    ~Tom Adkins, Class of 1995

  • "The lessons of life that I still carry today were taught to me at Kurn Hattin 50 plus years ago. Although many of my teachers who stood at the ‘fork in the road’ are gone, I carry on their legacy. And now I stand at the fork in the road to point the way for those who follow.”

    ~Jerry L. Bardwell, Class of 1973, Trustee

  • "I was so proud of my girl, getting up on stage and singing her heart out. Kurn Hattin is building her up with so much confidence. I will be forever grateful for what you are doing for my little girl."

    ~ Brenda Boisjolie Arce, Mother

  • "I’m grateful to have had the experience at Kurn Hattin Homes, which was my and my brother’s ‘village’ that made such a positive mark on our lives.”

    ~Rhonda (Gaudreau) Nolan, Class of 1977, Incorporator

  • "I can’t help reiterating my admiration and thanks to a wonderful haven for needy children and one which has provided guidance, education and encouragement to many, many children, who have gone on to lead meaningful adulthood lives, some who have become leaders in society.”

    ~James Barschdorf, Class of 1944

  • “I’m so proud to have been at Kurn Hattin. It turned my life around and put me on the right track. I’m not sure where I would have been otherwise. And I believe I was the only boy who made ‘Eagle Scout’ at that time.”

    ~ Peter Stavrou, Class of 1951

  • "I support Kurn Hattin partly for sentimental reasons and as a teacher, I know the needs of children who no longer can live at home. I like their philosophy—to return the children home to their families. The families are given time to strengthen and heal. The children are given every chance to succeed and find their own niche whether it is with music, sports, writing, or animals."

    ~ Carol Howe, Friend & Supporter

  • "I didn’t know how to make friends. I had a lot of problems. I felt like I was stuck in quicksand. Then I came to Kurn Hattin. It was a slow process, but I was given a lot of structure and I needed and responded to that structure.“

    ~Christiana Mylott, Class of 2018

  • "Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth. It’s a phrase I associate with my upbringing at Kurn Hattin. I attended Kurn Hattin from 3rd to 8th grade and was given security, consistency, guidance, and direction. The girls, boys, teachers, and houseparents became my forever family.”

    ~Kim (Sherrick) Dawson, Class of 1982

  • "Kurn Hattin gave me guidance and structure when I needed it most. Kurn Hattin was the most perfect support my parents could have asked for. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child. Kurn Hattin is that village”

    ~Gizenia Boyd, Class of 2005

  • "My son has since graduated from high school and just turned 18! He’s an accomplished jazz musician and artist. Thank you Kurn Hattin for all you do for children.” 

    ~Chantal Paulino, Mother

6/6/20

Hello Everyone,

Today marks the official end of the school year and the beginning of our graduation ceremonies.  For our Kurn Hattin community this is a day of nostalgia and even a little sadness – for the loss of familiar celebrations and traditions due to this horrid pandemic, but it is also a day of joy and hope – for the accomplishments of all of our students (and staff), especially all of our graduates, during this dark time and the prospect of happy and successful days ahead!  We should not let the losses and shadows blot out the transformations that have happened and the anticipation of bright futures!  We wish our graduates nothing but success in their lives!!

Recognizing that Kurn Hattin is a community committed to transformation, hope, affirmation, equality, and openness, I feel I would be remiss not to also speak about the events surrounding us in the larger American community.  Our nation finds itself in a time of turmoil, division, negativity, inequality, and confusion.  We, as a set of “United” States, have allowed ourselves to be brought low by a false narrative and a system of injustice, that, in spite of pinpricks of light and progress over time, has yet to see the full sunlight of equality, equity, and justice.  From these depths of division and disunity as a nation, we perhaps once again can see the sprouts of justice and harmony as our citizens call us to a better version of ourselves.  Still, we should be cautious, because we have seen all too clearly that racial justice and harmony cannot grow without deliberate care and nurture.  They cannot grow in the heat of the flames of violence and destruction nor in the weeds of neglect and ignorance.  They need light.  They need the cool flow of life-affirming attention and the careful nurture of enlightened care-takers.  They need the protection of everyone around to keep them safe from being trampled upon or ground down by the knees of the careless and the vengeful.  Racial justice and harmony need US to ensure their full blossoming in our society.  WE need to write, to act, to speak up, to be watchful, and to protect.  We need to live into the values that we espouse as a community committed to transformation through perseverance, nurturance, hope, compassion, and sense of worth and let these Core Values carry us onward into racial affirmation, equality, openness, and an abundance of hope.  Let us work to become a true “United States” in an America that treats all of its citizens with dignity, respect, and true justice – not a caricature of greatness that has never fully been realized by our citizens of color.  I truly believe we are at a crossroads in our history, and we all need to choose wisely to support all of our people.

Have a wonderful summer,

Steve Harrison,
Executive Director

 

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