P-3790

Playground for WISH

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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Ketchikan

Total Budget: $15,000

Areas of Focus: Peacebuilding and conflict prevention, Maternal and child health

Activity Type: Community Development: Construction/Renovation

Summary: Building a playground for residents of the Women in Safe Homes Shelter


WISH operates a 32 bed emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence/sexual assault and their families, a 24-hour crisis call line, family support services and a number of outreach programs and education services for youth and adults. In 2020, WISH provided services to 319 individuals through the shelter program including 80 children, the majority of which were under the age of 5. The current shelter site is essentially filled with the existing facility leaving no space for an outdoor play area for

children. Children who have experienced trauma need to move and to have access to a safe and engaging play area to expend their excess energy.

The City of Ketchikan, in partnership with Women In Safe Homes, is renovating the former Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility in to a safe, ADA compatible emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence/sexual assault and their families. The new shelter facility has a covered, secure recreation area adjacent to the children's area. WISH would like to place a play structure designed for the ages of 0-5 on a cushioned pad/flooring in this area. The renovation budget does not include funding for such a

structure and First City Rotary would like to build this as our project.

The play structure will give children in WISH's shelter program a safe place to release their excess energy while they work through their trauma. Currently, the WISH Child Advocate has to make arrangements to take children in shelter to one of the local playgrounds for outdoor exercise. Such outings generally entail, multiple car seats and are dependent upon having a volunteer or additional staff available to assist. It is not always safe for children in the program to leave the shelter. Having a secure playground

attached to the shelter will also provide a safe space for parents to congregate while their children play.

The other half of the covered area has a basketball hoop for older youth in shelter. So, in essence, for young children in shelter, the playground is truly a place of healing. Our project will be funded from proceeds from our annual duck race, and just like our other projects, members will directly aid in the construction of the project. We anticipate this to be completed by June 30, 2022.

Project Contact Person

District: 5010

Rotary Club of: Ketchikan (The First City)

Primary Contact: Michelle OBrien

Email: mobrien@kpunet.net

Project Status

Approved
This project is "Approved". This means that the district leadership has reviewed and approved the allocation of district funds for this project. Once the funds from the district have been issued, the status of the project will be changed to "Paid".

Project listed for the 2021-22 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project

Date

Cash

DDF

Total

Ketchikan (The First City) (5010)

20-Apr-21

$10,000

$5,000

$15,000

Total

$10,000

$5,000

$15,000

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History Log Entries

20-Apr-21

by Michelle OBrien

System Entry: Creation of project page.

21-Apr-21

by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.

22-Apr-21

by Michelle OBrien

System Entry: Project signed by Michelle OBrien.

23-Apr-21

by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Signature Process cancelled by user.

23-Apr-21

by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.

23-Apr-21

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Michelle OBrien.

25-Apr-21

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Austin Otos.

9-Jun-21

by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.

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