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Arlington Resident a Top Volunteer for Working with Homeless Children

Arlington Resident a Top Volunteer for Working with Homeless Children

Arlington Resident a Top Volunteer for Working with Homeless Children

5/24/2019 –  There are approximately 16,000 homeless children under the age of six in Massachusetts. Often, these children are so young they are unaware of their circumstance, but they do face problems including hunger, improper clothing and neglect.

For the last 13 years in shelters in Somerville and Woburn, Arlington resident Robert Conway has been there to give those children a little enjoyment during their week. Through the organization Horizons for Homeless Children, Conway has spent time out of his day to entertain and play with the young children in homeless shelter’s throughout the area.

“I was getting close to retiring and I was looking for something to do with my time. I saw an ad in the Boston Globe for the program. It sounded like a good thing and I always enjoyed playing with young kids,” Conway said. “I just feel relaxed and real comfortable playing with children. Getting to hold an infant in your arms is very relaxing. In my career, I was spending all day with construction workers and that wasn’t the most relaxing atmosphere in the world.”

Horizons for Homeless Children is a nonprofit organization that manages programs in different homeless shelters around the state. The organization runs Early Education Centers which serve as a preschool for the children living in the shelters, as well as a Playspace Program, an indoor playground where he supervises playground activities, as well as reading and playing games with the children.

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