Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


The problem is that too many children and families are homeless. The contributing factors of homelessness are high levels of poverty, unemployment and mental illness. The consequences of it are that children have a risk for poor educational outcomes, risk for health problems and distress in children and families. Game Night at the shelter was focused on alleviating the distress in children. Six different games were available for the children to use. The children were surveyed to assess the outcomes of them having fun and for other possible Game Nights. The volunteers were also surveyed to see what went well, any improvements and if they would like to volunteer again. Eleven children participated and there were seven volunteers. Four of the eleven children rated a four to how much fun they had while the rest of them said five. All eleven children said yes to having another game night. While, six volunteers said yes to volunteering again and one said maybe. This event gave the children a chance to forget about their living situation temporarily and to let the kids be kids. The survey results showed that the Game Night did meet the expected outcomes of the children having fun and of a possibility of having another Game Night. The results recommend another Game Night at the shelter.