Families Moving Forward offers a temporary home to families with children in the crisis of homelessness. Working together, we create a path to stability and self-sufficiency through personalized services and ongoing community support.
Laughter. Running. Jumping. Climbing. Swinging. Sliding. When you think of a playground, you think of a happy, carefree environment. But there’s much more going on than just fun.
When kids are playing, they are learning reflexes and movement control, developing fine and gross motor skills and increasing flexibility and balancing skills. On top of that, when kids are involved in physical activity, they’re building stronger muscles, improving bone density, and even preventing obesity and diabetes.
While you can actually see the physical benefits of play, there are also internal benefits that free play provides, like a child’s emotional development. Research has pointed to three areas where play helps children develop emotionally: building self-confidence and esteem; experimenting with various emotions; and releasing emotions from trauma.
We at Families Moving Forward aim to minimize the negative effects from the trauma of homelessness for the children in the families that we serve. Our Children’s Program is tailored to address this unique set of needs and utilizing the power of play is one of our strategies. The current playground at FMF is outdated and no longer the safest environment for children to play free. Through Project PLAY, we will create a beautiful and safe outdoor play space for families to spend time together, building bonds and gaining resiliency.
All donations are tax-deductible and any excess funds raised over our fundraising goal will be designated to our Children's Program. Here’s how you can help: