Carpenter's Shelter Playground


Carpenter’s Shelter is the largest single-facility homeless shelter in the City of Alexandria. Carpenter’s provides shelter, guidance, education, and advocacy for homeless individuals and families who seek sustainable independence and stability. We serve an average of 20 kids a day and over 100 kids annually. Much like your own children, they wake up every morning, have breakfast and get ready for school. From 8:30am-3:30pm the children attend school or daycare. Most kids take advantage of afterschool programs until their parents can pick them up where dinner is served from 6:30pm to 7:00pm. Each night from 7:00pm-8:00pm is designated for play where volunteers encourage and facilitate meaningful activities. For most of our children, this is the best part of their day. It’s a time where they are not worrying about where their family will live or packing their things in a trash bag because they are moving to another family member’s couch. Their learning disabilities are not put on display on the playground and they are not tormented with how their friends will react if it becomes known they are homeless. When they are on the playground they are not concerned with their parent’s stress or other adult responsibilities. 

Playground free play allows children to play any way they choose, supported by a wide range of structures and spaces. Free play allows our child to explore and interact with other children naturally.

Accordingly to the Food Action and Research Center children from lower income households are twice as likely to be obese than children from higher income households. Research has also linked stress, such as not having a place to live, to childhood obesity.

Our children are fighting scary statistics everyday but when they are on the playground the only thing they need to worry about is how fast they can climb the stairs to go down the slide.

Your action in voting for Carpenter’s Shelter will tell our smallest residents that play is important no matter where they live!

  • Adding small playground equipment.
  • Replenishing rubber mulch.
  • Adding new seating and trashcan.


Its for the Kids!

It would be great for the kids to have a new play ground with soft floors to play on.

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