HBF Programs and Services
SISTERS TOGETHER EMPOWERING PEERS (S.T.E.P.) Program
S.T.E.P. began in 2002 and is a peer-led support and empowerment group that addresses health and social inequities for African American parenting women in our community. Many STEP women start their journey through the Black Infant Health, (BIH) Program, who we partner with and provide support to their women. STEP Leadership provides continued education on issues such as access to essential goods and services, i.e., housing, education, job training, school readiness, and health information. Our “kitchen table” talks provide opportunities to share information and experiences. Please join our Sisters’ Circle! We meet every 4th Thursday, 6-8PM at The Rec. Room, 3222 Adeline Street, in Berkeley Childcare, food and support is provided…
THIRSTY FOR CHANGE! PROGRAM
HBF, Inc., in partnership with the Center for Food, Faith and Justice are working together to create an atmosphere of healthy eating and drinking for our families and community and to foster a cultural change in our communities that supports the elimination of health inequities created by the predatory proliferation of soda and junk food in our communities.
“Thirsty for Change!” is engaging African Americans in South and West Berkeley through providing a broad array of fun and creative activities for parents, their children and families to improve the health of our community through nutritious foods, cooking, community gardening and art. Our approach includes listening to our community needs and ideas, creating youth water ambassadors, conducting workshops on “Soil to Soul gardening”, engaging in art, poetry and artistic activities for community education and sustaining ourselves through publishing our evaluation findings to community and civic leaders to encourage continuous healthy behavior and policy change to improve our health.
TELLING OUR STORIES
We offer participants a safe space to address stressors associated with motherhood, mother-child bonding, relationships, and more through the form of self-expression and writing. To date, HBF has completed three rounds of empowerment writing circles that have culminated in three books, entitled: What We Carry: Stories Black Women Never Tell – Volumes 1, 2, and 3. As a celebration, HBF hosts book launch events with live readings for the participants to share their stories.
These books are authored by several dedicated writers (Black women) who gathered over a period of 6 weeks for two hours at a time sharing stories of many life experiences. Topics in the book range from Black Hair and Family Relationships to the Representation of Black People in Books and Films and more. This book represents the voices of Black women from all walks of life. The communal writing space whereby this book was birthed is an integral space devoted to Black women and community empowerment. When the women are empowered, the community is then empowered.
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HBF intends on expanding and developing programming in the following areas:
• Birth Equity Advocacy and Birth Justice
• Fatherhood Engagement