Graduate School

Bank Streeters Lend Aid in City Shelter

Posted by Dara Eisenstein on November 08, 2012

Child Life Volunteers

A cadre of Bank Street Child Life students, alumni, and colleagues joined hands with art therapists on Sunday, November 4, 2012, to answer a request for help by a US Navy mental health team deployed at a New York City shelter set up to serve families displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

The volunteers responded to a social media blitz; in less than 24 hours, they had coordinated and gathered art materials, cars and gas. They led the children in expressive arts activities with a variety of art materials. After a four-hour shift, the team met to debrief "conference group" style, sharing important feedback about the children's needs, "aha's" and uplifting stories.

Commander Moira McGuire, pictured above with faculty member Deb Vilas and the Bank Street volunteers, expressed her appreciation for the efforts of the team.

tagged art-therapy, child life, hurricane sandy,
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