For many people, homelessness might call to mind the image of a man with a makeshift cardboard sign approaching cars on a highway exit, or of a woman sleeping in the cold over a subway grate. The truth is that homelessness is a family problem. It affects over 2.5 million children in the United States alone, and the conditions for many of the kids living in shelters are simply unacceptable. A child should have a safe, clean place to eat, to study, and to play. I want to help one shelter go above and beyond to give kids a real sense of “home” for as long as they need to be there.
With the help of friends from the program Bright Spaces through the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children and others in the business community, we will transform the common room at the Bushwick Family Residence in Brooklyn, New York into a bright, happy space where kids can be kids. This shelter and its supportive staff desperately want the best for their children, but with limited resources they need help. The joy of childhood is something a lot of us take as a right, but for homeless children it is often a right denied. We hope to change that for one group of kids, and to inspire you to take action in your own communities.
All donations raised will go towards this shelter's playroom and others like it through the Bright Spaces program. The Bright Spaces program has opened more than 300 enriching places in homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and other locations that serve at risk youth, touching the lives of more than 100,000 children a year.