Updated: July 20, 2014 2:19AM
The community counseling department of the Crisis Center for South Suburbia is holding an expanded summer camp for children residing in the emergency shelter and is seeking donations such as art kits and other items, according to a press release.
The Summer Camp Experience originally was introduced to ensure the children impacted by domestic abuse had an opportunity to enjoy fun-filled, educational activities while living in shelter. Over time, the focus of the program has also become therapeutic and healing, the release said.
Mothers are encouraged to attend with their kids. Camp coordinators engage the children in activities designed to help develop team-building and social skills. The activities revolve around educational play and include arts and crafts, nature exploration, reading programs, interactive games and more, the release said.
“Our hope is the program will help bring a sense of normalcy to the lives of the children while they’re in shelter,” crisis center executive director Edward Vega, Sr. said in the release. “It’s important for them to have this peer interaction and structure while away from school.”
The center is seeking donations for camp, specifically asking for sand art kits, steppingstone kits, water tables, sing-along nursery rhyme CDs and DVDs, individual chalk boards and chalk and/or individual dry erase boards and multicolored play parachutes, according to the release.
For more information or to schedule a time to drop off donations, contact Kerri Twietmeyer, donation coordinator, at (708) 429.7255, Ext. 126.
For more information about the crisis center, visit www.crisisctr.org.