The Darkest Hours become the Brightest Hours.
New York City’s Hour Children reunites Mothers and their Children
In 1986, Sister Teresa Fitzgerald and four other Sisters of St. Joseph led the opening of St. Rita’s Convent’s doors. They welcomed the children of imprisoned women. And they took care of them, making sure they could regularly visit their mothers, and making sure that they could remain connected to the neighborhood they began their life in. In 1995, Hour Children became a registered non-profit organization. Hour Children has 5 residences that released mothers and their children stay in to reunite them and rebuild their lives. Those houses hold more than 60 families. Hour Children doesn’t stop with the kids, they advocate to keep mothers and children together, they offer parenting classes, they provide legal consultation, and family reunification counseling. After mothers are released, there’s housing, childcare, counseling and employment assistance for them. And for the stat heads: In New York, 30.4% of women who have been arrested are arrested again. But of the women who work with Hour Children, only 4% return to prison.