Gemeinschaft Home's women residents relax and have some fun at home!
Day to day life is quite structured for women enrolled in the residential program. While not required to work, all participants are encouraged to maintain active employment, and most do so in conjunction with the program group sessions (life recovery curriculum), community service obligations, and other court-mandated and outside treatment requirements.
Yet, case manager Michelle Roberts stresses the importance of establishing a healthy home environment for residents during their free time, just to acclimate them to the idea of home as a safe and stable refuge from the world, a source of social well-being and support—and even fun!
Roberts often organizes evening group sessions that are designated as “home activities,” including sessions in which residents work together outside on a gardening project, play games, have a movie night with popcorn, or do self-care groups with face/mud masks, etc. Whatever the activity, the goal is to provide participants with a model for living beyond the streets. These moments provide an opportunity for stress relief and respite from the outside world, and they also contribute to the overall growth of everyone in the program.
Do you ave an idea for a fun activity and would like to volunteer an evening of time with Gemeinschaft Home’s residents? Let us know!