Friday, May 17, 2013

School is Out!

School will be out soon if it isn’t already for some kids. We love summertime at Hope House. It is so fun to watch the kids enjoy the summer days. They are able to relax and enjoy their vacation from school and spend their days exploring, playing and just being kids.
One of our main goals for the children staying at Hope House is to let the kids experience being kids. They have been through so much trauma and they deserve a chance to be free of adult burdens and worry, they deserve to have fun and to have the opportunity to be a child.

Much time and energy is spent helping children work through the trauma they have experienced and help them adjust to life in shelter. Shelter can be a bit challenging especially for our older teens who would like nothing less than to be a thousand miles away from here. Finding activities for the kids is the challenge of our Children’s Advocates. They have the opportunity to work with all of the kids and they plan activities that are age appropriate and keep in the theme of just letting the kids be kids. Our Children’s Advocates have been known to plan movie nights and play games and eat popcorn now what child or adult for that matter wouldn’t enjoy that!

We are so grateful for the opportunity to work with the children that stay with us. Children are wonderful and their enthusiasm and zest for life is contagious. We know it will be a wonderful summer and we look forward to spending it with all of the kids.

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