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New Directions Shelter Children's Activities

Thank you for your interest in hosting a children's event or activity at New Directions Shelter! Our shelter provides emergency housing for up to 8 families with children at a time.  

Click here to sign up or to receive more information.

Suggested times for events include: 

  • Weekday evenings from 4:30pm - 7:00pm

  • Saturdays between 10:00am - 12:00pm

  • Sundays between 4:30pm - 7:00pm


Suggested activities include: 

  • Holiday crafts

  • Story Times

  • Outside Games (We have a very nice yard and playground.)

  • Painting

  • Frosting Cookies

More information will be provided after you sign up. To sign up and schedule a time to help click here, or contact Missy Reams by email at, or by phone at 515-244-6251 Option 5.

​Volunteer Responsibilities and Information:

  • Dates are flexible.

  • Choose and plan an activity for 10-25 children.

  • Provide any needed supplies for the event. 

  • Do the event a couple times in a row to allow smaller groups of children to participate at a time (for social distancing).

  • Volunteers will need to set up the event and clean up. 

  • ​Suggested time for an event is 30-45 minutes. 

    • Again, you may need to do 2-3 sessions to allow all children to participate.

  • The week of your event, we will provide an update on the number of children staying in the shelter.

  • Volunteer groups may bring up to 10 people to host events. (This includes any children volunteering, too.)


Event Theme Ideas: 

Below are suggested themes and ideas for children's activities throughout the year.  However, we welcome other fun children-appropriate events, too.  

  • January: stories, games, hot chocolate, crafts, snowmen

  • February: Valentine's Day

  • March: St. Patrick's Day

  • April: Easter

  • May: Mother's Day

  • June: Father's Day and Juneteenth

  • July: 4th of July, outside water games

  • August: Back to School, State Fair (or carnival)

  • September: Fall

  • October: Halloween, pumpkins

  • November: Thanksgiving

  • December: Christmas

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