I had the pleasure of creating a video profile of Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, the Executive Director of Hour Children, for a humanitarian prize she received in 2014. Hour Children is a not-for-profit agency that works primarily with mothers recently released from prison, and features a food pantry where members of the community can receive the help they need to provide nutritious meals for their families. Of the women assisted, 84% have been incarcerated for nonviolent offenses, and 60% for drug-related offenses, with many drug sentences related to mandatory sentencing rules. They are overwhelmingly people of color: 57% are African American, 27 % Latina, and 16% Caucasian. Only 40% had ever been employed – in any capacity – prior to their arrests and almost 65% had poverty level incomes. Of those who have held a job, 2/3 reported never receiving more than the minimum wage.
My plan is to raise as much funds as possible, and use the sum total to buy nonperishable groceries for the Hour Children food pantry. Then I'm going to make a follow-up video showing exactly how your generosity has helped this great organization!
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