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Rest and relaxation are essential components of shelter life.  In our living room women gather to watch movies or chat after a long day.

Does anyone ever have any fun in the shelter?

Although shelter life may seem serious because of the difficult situations that many of the women have fled, not all of the focus is on the past. 

living room

Residents are also concerned with developing the friendships and social connections that their abusers have prevented them from having.  The women also need time to address their personal needs.  Several programs at Morningside aim to do just that.

Even though not all children from violent homes have been abused, all have undergone the traumatic experience of witnessing abuse.  Our children’s caseworker develops age appropriate counseling and playgroups.  She also facilitates these groups and provides individual sessions with children as needed.

Ongoing support groups for women and children offer a peer-focused educational environment that helps women understand that they are not alone and are surrounded by women who have survived similar circumstances.  Support groups enable women to learn from each other, build trust and a sense of community, and are a valuable tool for women to establish or re-establish independent lives.