Our programming provides specialized support to children to help them develop healthy behaviors and relationships, including through reading hours, play groups, art therapy, and educational outings.
At My Sister’s Place, we view the children we serve as survivors too. Children who live in a home with domestic violence frequently suffer from trauma, even if they do not witness the abuse firsthand or are very young when the abuse happens. At our shelter, and in the community, MSP provides programs to support children and help them develop healthy behaviors and relationships.
For example, we host a regular Art Therapy Group facilitated by Restoring Ivy Collective, open to both our child and adult clients. Often lacking the ability to constructively express their feelings, children who have experienced trauma and witnessed violence may exhibit negative or aggressive behavior at school and at home. Exposure to this type of violence is also the greatest indicator that a child will grow up to find himself or herself in a violent relationship – as either the abuser or abused. Because of these odds, and because of our dedication to breaking generational cycles of violence, we devote significant resources to supporting our child survivors.
Moreover, our Volunteer Program facilitates regular children’s programming. Volunteers for Children’s Playtime dedicate time during weekdays with our children in the playroom, engaging in intentional free play activities, while our adult clients spend time in group sessions meeting with case managers, etc. Sessions include pre-planned group activities such as art, games, puzzles, outdoor play, and more. Volunteers for our Reading Program help children gain lifelong literacy skills to empower their learning, through reading books and assisting with homework. Visit our Volunteer page to learn how you can be involved.