We are students at The Hockaday School and volunteer at an incredible organization called New Beginnings – a shelter that provides a safe place for women and children who have been the victims of domestic violence. Unlike ordinary shelters, New Beginnings does not give accommodations based on gender, which allows families to remain together in one room. The shelter also supports the women and their children during this harsh, transitional phase of their life by providing counseling and helping the mothers with career placement.
Whenever we volunteer at the shelter, we play with the children while their moms attend counseling to regain confidence in order to begin a new chapter in their lives. We volunteer because we want to give the children a break from their difficult situations.
The children are not allowed visitors and they are not allowed to visit anyone outside of the shelter. The playroom is their only source of fun and entertainment, a place where they are free to be children and not worry. One day we realized that as most of the children are under the age of six, parts of the playroom were unsafe for them. Old, chipped plastic containers sat loosely on rotted wooden shelves. It appeared that with one touch, the entire structure could disassemble.
We went to The Container Store for help. They listened to our request and designed, donated and installed elfa Shelving! The playroom is now safe, accessible and organized so the children can maximize their fun at playtime.
Grace G. and Taylor L., The Hockaday School