A Place of Peace: Local Center Helps Children Escape Stress.
From Spring Hill / City View, Stephen Weiss and Melanie Sandoval created a sanctuary for Northside children from the stresses of inner-city noise and violence. At the His Place Community Center, Stephen and a team of volunteers renovated a space to provide a calming atmosphere as well as resources to identify and manage difficult emotions. Children attending afterschool programming at His Place visited the Peace Room to calm down after school and learn to manage their emotions.
“One day Melanie announced to the children at His Place that she had printed out extra math sheets for all of them. One of the children began pouting and stomping his feet at the thought of more math! Another student noticed and said ‘You should go to the Peace Room! That place is fun!’”, said project leader Stephen Weiss. “When I checked on the student later in the Peace Room, I found him working through his difficulty with math by counting pieces of Play-Doh and adding them up.”