Sunny Days Summer Program: A Case Study and Evaluation of a Day Camp for Homeless Children
Hartmann, Karen M.
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The issues faced by homeless mothers are multiple as are the factors initially leading to homelessness. Many service organizations offer housing that at least offers respite from the streets. Some offer additional services that can help the adults' other needs while simultaneously caring for the specific needs of homeless children. SOS Community Services in Ypsilanti, Michigan is a full service organization whose main focus is serving homeless families. As child care is one of the key needs of homeless mothers, SOS sponsors a seven week day camp called the "Sunny Days Summer Program" that provides organized programming for children ages five through twelve. Because the camp is designed for children of homeless status, certain guidelines in hiring, training, and program activities must be planned to accommodate the particular needs of these children. In the following case study of the 1999 Sunny Days Summer Program, I outline goals as they were presented to the Sunny Days staff in their training and staff manual. I then provide an evaluation of the staff member's ability to fulfill these goals. Recommendations and discussion provide insight as to how future Sunny Days Summer Programs at SOS or other agency's programs for homeless children could be improved.