Spreading Our Wings at
The Open Door Shelter
It's been great to watch our youngest residents learning about nature! Children who come to the Open Door Shelter's Family Resource Center cared for caterpillars as they transformed into butterflies. Once the butterflies were ready to spread their wings, the volunteers and kids released them into our playground and garden.
The Afterschool Buddies program and the Family Resource Center began as a way for families at the Shelter to have activities of their own. The Center includes computer workstations, a reading nook, books and educational games, and even a kitchen!
Adults with teaching and social service backgrounds and local students volunteer to help with homework, create arts and crafts projects, give cooking lessons, play games, and encourage indoor and outdoor play.
On an average day, kids and volunteers might team up for a Boggle tournament, write in journals as part of a reading program, and more! Even making a snack is an opportunity to learn - younger children making
fruit smoothies get to practice reading directions and measuring, while older kids can experiment with ratios of ingredients to make their own creations.
On average the shelter houses 20 families with more than 45 children a year. Thank you to the volunteers who help our children and families spread their wings!
Please contact us at email@example.com if you would like to volunteer with The Open Door Shelter over the summer or during the school year!