Safe Horizon and Mary Kay Unveil New Nature Explore Classroom At Rose House Shelter
Posted on: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Keywords: Safe Horizon, Mary Kay, Nature Explore Classroom, Rose House, Domestic Violence, Safe Horizon, Arbor Day Foundation, Dimensions Education Research Foundation, Shelter, Human Resources Administration
A new Nature Explore Classroom – an outdoor area with gardens, plants and educational activity areas for children – opened at Safe Horizon’s Rose House, the largest domestic violence shelter in New York City. The building, located in Manhattan, is a New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) owned and funded facility that has been operated by Safe Horizon since April 2011, to provide a safe environment and support services for women and children who have had to escape from violence in their homes.
Nature Explore Classrooms, developed in partnership by the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Education Research Foundation, and funded by Mary Kay, have been shown to be highly beneficial for children traumatized by violence. The Rose House Nature Explore Classroom is among the first in New York City built for a domestic violence shelter, transforming a concrete space into an interactive and therapeutic playground that is unique to this urban residential setting.
The Nature Explore Classroom at Rose House consists of areas for gardening, dirt digging, nature art, quiet gathering, music and movement, and building. Staff, residents and other stakeholders gathered at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate and show their appreciation for this new outdoor space. During the ceremony, Mary Kay also presented Safe Horizon with a check for $20,000 to support our services.
Safe Horizon thanks Human Resources Administration, Arbor Day Foundation, Dimensions Education Research Foundation, and Mary Kay for their support and assistance in bringing this great resource to Rose House and its young residents.
For more information, please read the press release here.