The Village Family Homeless Shelter serves 72 children who live in the shelter with their parents. Prior to Working for Worcester's renovations, the shelter did not have a suitable space to engage the teenage population that live at the shelter. WforW teamed up with the child advocacy team at the shelter and designed a major renovation plan for a loft room. Volunteers began by repainting and clearing trash out of the room. Then they installed a 50” Plasma television on the wall, as well as, a DVD player and video game systems in a new entertainment console below the television. The volunteers then assembled a foosball table and an old-fashioned popcorn machine around the couches and beanbag chairs. The room is now used everyday by the teens and staff, and the shelter has begun hosting movie nights, video game tournaments, and impromptu foosball competitions on the weekends!
Volunteers also spruced-up several the outside recreation areas at the Village Shelter. Volunteers painted the fence around the grassy play area a bright and energetic blue and yellow, along with the picnic tables. Moreover, WforW repaired the basketball hoop along with painting a shooting key and hopscotch courts around the play area. The volunteers and Village staff had a blast working on the renovations together. We are inspired and humbled by what the shelter does for families and children in our city, everyday!!!
Cite manager Patricia Feraud planned and coordinated all aspects of the Village Shelter project. To learn more about Patricia and the rest of the managing team, click here.