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Birthday Parties for Homeless Children

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Help Families Celebrate their Child's Special Day

Birthday parties are so important to young children, 1-5 yrs. Children living in homeless shelters have already lost so much and are very likely to miss out on this profound childhood experience. Thanks to individual donors and the Lowell Berry Foundation, at least a dozen homeless children are given free, all-inclusive parties at Habitot every year. Please make a financial gift to keep this program going. Donate online now

Habitot the only East Bay organization providing this memorable childhood experience to homeless children and their families. Since launching Birthday Parties for Homeless Children 2014, Habitot has hosted 36 birthday parties with 648 attendees. We always have more families who ask than we have resources to support.

Family shelter directors and others may schedule a homeless birthday party by contacting us at familyprograms@habitot.org

"At Home At Habitot" Homeless Shelter Visits

Homeless Families at Habitot Children's Museum

Build Family Connections and Reduce Isolation

Berkeley Food and Housing Project, Matilda Cleveland Transitional Housing (East Oakland), and Women's Daytime Drop-in Center, BOSS, Oakland Elizabeth House and GRIP (Greater Richmond Interfaith Program) are the local homeless shelters that bring families to Habitot on regular visits. These families, which have lost that home-like setting where young children play, and often their play-date networks, enjoy exclusive time at Habitot to reconnect and play with their children.

Michele Dubowick, formerly of Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center, says, “I had never seen one parent laugh with her child before coming to Habitot.”

At Home at Habitot supports families going through an incredibly stressful time with playful interactions and exploration that enhance family well-being. One parent participant said, “I am a low income under-employed single mother. Having a day sponsored for us has renewed my son’s and my spirit and given us joy.”

FREE Return Visit Passes and Applications

FREE return visit passes and applications for subsidized memberships are provided to each family. For information or to schedule a homeless family group visit, contact familyprograms@habitot.org

Thanks to Our Sponsors

At Home at Habitot is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Sam Mazza Foundation and Lowell Berry Foundation.

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