Potty Training and Shelter Living

Toilet training is a challenge in the best of situations, but for families living in temporary housing and sharing bathroom facilities, potty training can be an additional worry.

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Playtime at Overflow Shelter is Off and Running!

“You mean, we can run around and play?” The 7-year-old’s eyes grew large.

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Our Families Have Their Say

Each year, we survey parents whose children participate in our programs. It’s important to check in and make sure we’re meeting the needs of our families at each site we serve, and hearing their voices.

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Change is in the Air for Playtime

As the numbers of children experiencing homelessness explodes, we are forced to take a hard look at where we are and make some tough decisions about where we need to be.

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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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Ways to 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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