Education Facility Project
Research shows that it is very traumatic for a child to be removed from their home, but also to lose their friends and teachers at school. These may be the only people that make them feel safe. The Night’s Shield is a registered non-public school that will soon be recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education. At this time, the Shelter has a teacher on staff. The children that are placed in our emergency shelter are in school the very next day, therefore eliminating any interruption in the child’s education.
Our classrooms and library are actually bedrooms, utilized as very small areas; too small to meet the children’s classroom needs. In addition, to give the children room to run and play and to not think about the crisis they are going through, the community churches have opened their gymnasium doors for the Shelter to use for the children to play basketball, volleyball and just run and have fun. While this works as a temporary solution that we are grateful for, it would be easier, more accessible and more efficient to have means of this kind of play on our property.