Lessons Relisha Taught Us: One Year Later

By Jamila Larson, Executive Director Relisha Rudd is a sweet, trusting, playful child who loved making art and being a big sister to her three little brothers. Her disappearance...

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Playtime Through the Eyes of a Volunteer

My name is Melissa and I have been a volunteer with the Playtime Project for three years and a Baby Room Captain for nearly two years at the DC General Emergency Family Shelter....

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Strengthening the District’s Summer Youth Employment Program for Homeless Youth

In recognizing the needs of youth in our Teen Program at DC General Shelter, we have made it part of our mission to enroll every eligible youth we serve in the District’s...

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Creating a Trauma Informed Environment

Although we work closely with families, on average, we are not privy to information about a child’s life experiences and family histories. Many parents and children we serve have...

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One in every 30 children homeless each year in America

That’s 2.5 million children in the United States go to sleep each night without a home of their own.  According to a new report recently published by the American...

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Thank you, generous holiday donors!

This year, thanks to your help, Playtime: Filled 475 wish lists for children at 6 shelters Gave parents over 200 pictures of their children Distributed 200 pairs of Toms shoes...

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What We Do

We believe that play is a human right that all children deserve, regardless of housing status. We seek to help create a city that provides every opportunity for homeless children to succeed by advocating for affordable housing and safe shelters for all families. Since 2004, our trained and screened volunteers provide weekly activities, healthy snacks, […]

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Why Play?

While it is well-documented that homelessness causes physical, emotional, and developmental harm to children, the resources that serve them are shrinking and largely inaccessible. Children are often left to manage the trauma of homelessness on their own, and consequently, a disproportionate number of children in shelters suffer from emotional, behavioral, and learning problems. A recent […]

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Get Involved

Ways to  get involved with the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project: Volunteer training occurs once a month and there’s always a drive going on. View our immediate needs and learn more about all the ways you can give back…

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