What We Do
Pinwheel Place will provide a safe haven for children in crisis. We will provide residential care and coordinate medical and psychological services according to the needs of the child. We will service children from birth to five years of age who are referred from local agencies or by their parents. Most groups working with those in crisis realize that the devastation resulting from these factors impacts individuals, families and often whole communities for generations. Food insecurity, homelessness, inability to access health services and threats of emotional trauma are moment to moment concerns. If we are to help children deal with these issues we need to know that any kind of development will not happen while you are still in crisis, so for any intervention to be effective it has to address safety and well being first. The children will come to us because they are not safe, so first and foremost we will be a crisis shelter for children at risk. A plan of service will be developed for both the child and the parents. We will work with local agencies to provide services for the parents so they can reduce the risk factors that could cause the abuse and neglect in the future. The children will stay as long as needed.
The children will no longer worry where their next meal is coming from or when the next fight will happen, a child who is sick will get care. All of these things will have a profound impact on the child as will experiencing a loving home. Hunger, hurt, and fear will be replaced by relief, security and a reminder that there is good in the world, people who care and a reason to hope. It will change their lives forever and hopefully end the cycle of abuse and neglect. Their early life experiences can leave them with reduced abilities to control their behaviors, difficulties in the ability to form relationships, and deficits in social functioning. Their reduced anxiety will also allow them to focus on the developmental tasks of childhood which will have a major impact on them as well as the community as a whole.
To accomplish our goals we will have an internship program, bringing recent college graduates and other qualified young adults to commit to working a year (for a stipend) in caring for at risk children in our residential program. These young adults will come from agencies such as the Catholic Volunteer Network as well as college recruitment. The children in our residential program will require a loving environment and close supervision. The interns will both live and work in the home and will function as parents and role models for the young children.
We have community volunteers to help us with various projects, provide meals, give respite, organize activities and be role models as well.