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Opportunities to engage in leisure activities are limited for women experiencing homelessness (Klitzing, 2004). The purpose of this capstone was to develop a program for a residence serving women who are at risk of homelessness to improve their leisure participation and exploration. The needs assessment involved on-site observations at the Community Mission of Hope and Empowerment Village, literature review, client interviews, and an online questionnaire for volunteers and staff members. Although the program was not implemented due to time constraints and current programming already occurring, future sessions were outlined, and supplies were ordered through a grant to prepare for implementation. The 9-session program was based on the interests of the women at the Empowerment Village, incorporates aspects of wellness, and was proposed to promote more leisure opportunities for the women at the residence.

Publication Date

Fall 12-8-2022


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Women, homelessness, at risk of homelessness, leisure, wellness, program development

Medical Subject Headings

Leisure Activities, Needs Assessment, Homeless Persons, Volunteers, Surveys and Questionnaires, Female, Humans


Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences December 8, 2022

Enhancing Leisure Participation for Women who are Experiencing Homelessness



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