Spring is in the air at High Desert Homeless Services. Although our clients have entered the shelter as a result of difficult and sometimes traumatic experience, we believe in giving them a little fun in the midst of daily shelter activities.
Daily activities for adult clients includes intensive skill-building, job search, housing search, and many other activities. The children at the shelter go to school, most staying in the same school they were enrolled in prior to going to the shelter. Fun activities are included in the client’s 30-90 day stay at the shelter and holidays are celebrated with the help of local business and community support.
On Monday, April 3rd clients were able to visit Circus Vargas, which was located in the City of Hesperia. Circus Vargas donated plenty of tickets for all of our clients to enjoy the fun. Although, we still need a carpool van, we were able to use volunteer and other shelter vehicles. We were not going to allow our clients to miss this amazing event. The chatter and laughs among the clients, both children and adult showed how appreciated the experience really was.
Volunteers and staff took hours of their time on Friday, April 14th and on Saturday, April 15th to prepare Easter baskets and stuff well over 500 eggs for the clients. We had pre-made baskets donated by Mary Jo Kirsch from Capstone Realty, MMEC, and several other private donors. HDHS staff and volunteers were able to add additional items to the baskets making them super amazing, thanks to the kind donations from business owners, and private donors. Easter Baskets may seem insignificant, but to these families it truly means a lot to know that their child(ren) will never go without while in transition.The donations also mean so much to HDHS staff and volunteers, who without the help of them would make doing these special events for the clients very difficult.
On Saturday, April 15th 2017, the children living at the shelter received their age appropriate Easter Baskets and were extremely happy. Following the Easter baskets, the children (0-17 years old) were all given an Easter bucket for a very fun Easter Egg hunt, where just about each child ended up with a nice full bucket thanks to community generosity. Clients will have a special dinner on Easter Sunday.