Since 1989, DrawBridge has inspired over 35,000 homeless and underserved children through weekly expressive art programs that are offered free of charge right where these kids live – in dozens of homeless shelters, safe houses and other low-income facilities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Through drawing, painting, clay, collage, and more, children ages four and up are given the opportunity to explore the playful creativity that is so important to healthy development.

BOSS has worked in partnership with DrawBridge on and off for over 20 years, hosting their art classes and activities for families and kids at our emergency shelter and housing program in West Berkeley, Ursula Sherman Village, whenever funding allows. Most recently, Drawbridge has been providing weekly art classes for families at the Village for over a year!

Art instructor Raine Robichaud leads youth and parents in all kinds of art activities every Monday, with the support of volunteers. Classes last for about an hour, and give families space and time to engage in therapeutic self-expression, learn new skills, and have fun together as a family.

Paper making project with kids at USV!

The class recently undertook a homemade paper project, as one example, and created some beautiful pieces. Activities like these are so important for families that are underdoing serious stress and trauma, letting them step outside that reality for a little while and do something inspiring!

Thank you DrawBridge for providing this amazing service to families and kids in need – our participants have an amazing time and can’t wait for Mondays!


Donate to the CLC or other BOSS programs that help people overcome homelessness and poverty HERE.

Adopt a young person with gifts & cheer this holiday season! Contact Gwen Austin at gaustin@self-sufficiency.org or 510.649.1930 x 1001.

The Children’s Learning Center is supported by the Bernard E. & Alba Witkin Foundation, The Morning Glory Family Foundation, and local donors.