When we started our Domestic Violence Shelter program in 2013 we knew the therapeutic value of gaming. The systems provide an invaluable opportunity for staff to build relationships and rapport with the kids in domestic violence programs. Children who have been subject to trauma and abuse are understandably reluctant to build new relationships with people, and the shared experience of playing games together provides common ground. Gaming can be an incredible tool to help break down the barriers that victims of abuse put up around themselves, allowing them to feel a sense of normality and fun at an incredibly difficult time.
Over the past year, we have refined the program, lowering the cost of the systems we deliver to almost a third of the initial offering as well as implementing a regular disbursement schedule. We are sending four shelters a month a GAEMS case with a FullyLoaded Xbox One, loaded with games that were hand-picked with the understanding of the sensitive nature of the shelter environment in mind.
December 13th, 2018 6:30 pm
11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004
In the last 15 years, Child’s Play has partnered with over 160 Children’s Hospitals and over 100 Domestic Violence Shelters to improve the lives of children through the kindness and generosity of the video game community and the power of play. In the last year, we have funded five more Gaming and Technology Specialists across the country, as well as funded another 30 grants to update equipment and bring new technology like VR bedside. Join us for an elegant night to celebrate the giving of the gaming community. 100% of the money raised at the Child’s Play Dinner Auction goes to support our hospital and domestic violence shelter programs.
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Play Games, Feel Better
What happens when you play a game? Do you have fun? Do you forget your troubles for a while? Does the world just melt away as you become immersed in the game? Does time seem to fly by and before you know it hours have passed? The answer is most likely, yes. After a stressful day, games can help you to feel better.
For the children who are in hospitals, games are one of the only ways to escape. Games help them forget, even if for a moment, that they are sick and stuck in a hospital. Games provide a distraction when blood needs to be drawn, or when various other procedures need to be been performed. Games, in this environment, are a tool to aid the Child Life staff in helping the children feel more comfortable, to feel better.
“Play Games, Feel Better.” Who knew such a simple statement could mean so much to so many.