It is estimated that in Toronto, more than 3,000 children stay in a shelter at least once during any given year, and more than half of these children are school-aged, between 6 and 16 years of age. Moving into a shelter can be a difficult and stressful time, especially for children. They have likely moved into a new neighbourhood, enrolled in a new school and experienced the loss of friends, family and familiar things.
While shelters provide safety and security, children are still dealing with the difficult and complex feelings associated with trauma and transition.
Taste of Home, a 25-week after-school group program, helps children living in one of our CDI-partner shelters learn to cope with their present challenges and build resilience and skills for the future.
Facilitated by Child Development Institute’s child and family workers, children are taught how to prepare simple, nutritious, budget-friendly meals, incorporating “tastes of home” into the recipes, while they learn stress management techniques to help them adjust to their new lives.