Promote Child Health
Shelter worker training
The National Center on Family Homelessness
The physical and emotional health of homeless children is dramatically worse than that of other children. Homeless children are sick more frequently. They have more emotional problems, cry more often, and are easily distressed. Their diet is often determined by shelter kitchens and whatever prepared foods their family can afford. Excluded from the routines of usual family life, homeless children do not have regular opportunities for sports, group play, or physical exercise.
Your donation will help train shelter workers in Greater Boston to teach young homeless children and their parents about good nutrition, physical activity, and how to deal with the stress of being homeless. The program emphasizes the importance of staying physically and emotionally healthy in order to meet the challenges of homelessness. The trainings help shelter workers teach children about traumatic stress and what to do about it. This helps children gain a greater sense of safety and feel more comfortable with their emotions.