A Gift That Lasts a Lifetime

A Gift That Lasts a Lifetime

Gaurika Duvur loves to read. That’s why the sixteen-year-old collected donations to build a library for children living at Sister Me Home. Improvements included a new bookshelf, increased reading selections for all ages, and a multimedia library with an interactive display.

Children’s Program Coordinator Laura Singley—pictured—worked with Gaurika to fine-tune the project for children living at Sister Me Home, our 20-bed shelter for women and children fleeing an abuser.

“Reading expands not only the vocabulary and imagination but the ability for children to understand and control their own cognitive state,” Singley says. “Through reading, we can provide children with a lifelong tool to learn, communicate and manage their emotions.”

The disruptive effects of trauma can hinder or inhibit a child’s development. That’s why our Children’s Program was designed to address the needs of children who have experienced homelessness and family violence. Fun and therapeutic activities and support for moms help create an opportunity for children to reach their fullest potential!

This article first appeared in our 2015-16 Annual Report.

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