Shine a Light
Creating a Special Place for Homeless Children in a NYC Shelter
The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children® is partnering with TODAY on their Shine a Light Series, a year-long initiative focused on service and giving back to the community. Alongside TODAY host Willie Geist, we are working to create a Bright Space® at the Bushwick Family Residence, a homeless shelter in Brooklyn, New York.
More than 2.5 million U.S. children are homeless. Our dream is for each Bright Space to be a place where children and families can find the safety and opportunity to create an enriching childhood and strengthen family well-being. If you can, we encourage you to donate. Every gift matters.
About the Shelter
The Bushwick Family Residence is a transitional shelter for families located in Brooklyn, New York. The shelter, operated by the Volunteers of America – Greater New York, is a residence for 87 families. Families at the shelter receive a wide range of services to help them achieve independence and obtain permanent housing.
About Bright Spaces
Bright Spaces are warm, enriching places in shelters and community agencies where children and youth can build caring relationships, heal from trauma through play, and experience the joy of childhood. They are created and supported through partnerships with community agencies, financial sponsors, a Bright Horizons center, school or department, and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children®.
Willie Geist Reveals Bright Space for Kids in Homeless Shelter
About the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children
There are 2.5 million homeless children in the U.S. Half of them are under age 6. The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on brightening the lives of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness and other crises. We do this by creating and supporting Bright Spaces: warm, enriching places in shelters and community agencies where children and youth can build caring relationships, heal from trauma through play, and experience the joy of childhood. Bright Spaces are created and supported through partnerships with community organizations, financial sponsors, a Bright Horizons center, school or department, and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children. We currently have more than 300 Bright Spaces serving almost 100,000 children a year. There are still so many children that deserve a Bright Space – will you join us?