Between 20 and 30 children and teens from CHI’s homeless family center in Commack are attending a summer day camp each day at the facility. The camp, which is offered to kids ages three to 17 from late June though the end of August, begins everyday with a healthy breakfast provided by volunteers from Long Island Cares, a Hauppauge-based hunger assistance organization.

Six teenagers currently living at the family center were hired and trained by CHI staff  to serve as camp counselors, earning minimum wage for 25 hours per week throughout the summer. One counselor, a 17-year-old who recently graduated from a South Shore high school, said that the money she earns this summer will be a huge help when she starts at Suffolk Community College in the fall.

Camp activities for the younger children include a morning stretch and exercise, a summer reading program, weekly trips to the movies, and occasional field trips to the park or other camp facilities.