At Eva’s Satellite, recreation includes using the gym for sports, going on excursions, playing board games, watching movies, playing video games, relaxation activities, and various art programs. Recreation is an essential part of life at Eva’s as it keeps the youth busy and uses their skill sets to help them build confidence, as well as improve their physical and mental well being.
Youth can encounter new sports and art forms and discover numerous learning opportunities in areas such as discipline, responsibility, and teamwork. Youth are brought together to create a community where they can collaborate with one another and build connections. We also have many youth who were strong athletes in school, and that was a big part of their identity. They can reclaim that identity by using the gym and having access to sports. The gym is a space that they can make their own, away from the stresses of life.
Recreational programs also provide the youth at Eva’s Satellite alternate ways of coping, compared to drug and alcohol use or self-harm. Art can become a way for them to express themselves and narrate their stories in visual ways. It gives them a chance to release negative emotions and build motivation and esteem. There is a high rate of artistic creativity within the homeless community – visual artists, writers, poets, singers, rappers, dancers, and so on – and they often lack the opportunity to develop and get recognized for their talent.
Recreation is a vital part serving Eva’s residents and we need more resources to maintain them. Please read the following list below to learn more about the items we need most. If you would like to donate one of these items, or any item that may be helpful to us, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-364-4716.
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