Submission Date


Document Type

Entry Level Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

First Mentor

Brandy Nix

Second Mentor

Brittaney L. Sargent, OTD, OTR/L, CDP


Homelessness is an increasing problem with various implications on individual’s physical, mental, and occupational wellness (Tsang et al., 2013). Occupational therapy is positioned to provide holistic, client-centered, and trauma-informed care to those experiencing homelessness (Salsi et al., 2017). While residents at Valley Rescue Women and Children’s Center (Valley Rescue) have access to a variety of services, occupation-based education and interventions are extremely limited. This paper describes the completion of a capstone experience at Valley Rescue, with a focus in program development and advocacy. Residents of the shelter expressed interest in education on mental health and wellness and occupational engagement. Throughout this capstone experience, residents received education on health management, leisure exploration, rest/sleep, and securing employment. Through a review of the literature, the need for the implementation of a women’s wellness program at Valley Rescue was identified. Future interventions with this population should include further education on mental health management and overall wellness, while maintaining and facilitating clients’ autonomy and independence.