Playing it safe

All kids need a chance to play, especially those coming out of domestic violence situations. An Interval House program is connecting vulnerable children and youth to recreational activities in a safe and affordable way.

Last year, the program was offered only to shelter residents. Now, an HCF grant is helping to expand it to all rural and urban Hamilton families who are escaping domestic violence and abusive situations and accessing Interval House services.

When families are experiencing violence, children may not be able to enroll in community-based programs and sports. This can negatively affect their connection with peers as well as their physical, emotional and mental health.

Safety and cost are significant barriers to participation in community activities for these children. The Interval House program ensures affordability through partnerships with recreation organizations and access to equipment and transportation. Partnerships with Hamilton Police Services and the Children’s Aid Society also ease safety concerns.

From Fall 2023 Legacy Newsletter