You and your volunteers will probably have some wonderful ideas on fun activities to do with the children you meet in the motels. It can start out as simply as you and a volunteer just going to the motel (after you ask the owner or manager’s permission to be there) one afternoon to pass out peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. You may bring a few books for the children to keep. You may even bring games and sit down to play with the children.
All of these things are definitely simple and very much appreciated by the children. As you return again and again you will begin to build relationships with the children and possibly their parents. Your imagination will start to kick in because you want very badly to bring experiences to the children you know they’ve never had. You care about them and you want their lives to be better.
No matter what activity you plan, never, ever forget that your staging area is a motel parking lot, and parking lots have what? Cars. Lots of them, not necessarily parked. You will encounter moving, speeding cars for various reasons, ranging from the innocent fact the residents are trying to get to their room, all the way to someone who is high and out of control.