Child-safe playground at Yolanda House Shelter



We will create a fully accessible, child-safe playground at the Yolanda House Domestic Violence Shelter. Play and other outdoor activities help children overcome the trauma of violence and heal.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Research documents that children who experience domestic violence show more anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, anger and temperament problems. The trauma they expereince can manifest in emotional, behavioral, social and physical problems. A child's exposure to domestic violence is the strongest risk factor for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.

How will this project solve this problem?

Play and physical activities are the 'work' of childhood. By providing a safe place for play that is accessible to all children, we can help children find their own path to healing as they have fun and build new supportive relationships.

Potential Long Term Impact

Last year, 145 women and children were sheltered at Yolanda House (49% were children). Yolanda House offers emergency shelter in a home-like environment as well as access to a broad range of service to foster healing and independence.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $265

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $265 .  The original project funding goal was $9,216.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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YWCA of Greater Portland

Portland, Oregon, United States

Project Leader

Patricia Warren

Portland, OR United States

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Map of Child-safe playground at Yolanda House Shelter
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