Sisters of St Francis organize back-to-school supplies for
families supported by Mothers & Children in Crisis
(Syracuse, August 19, 2022)
This year, we delivered the donations from Holy Cross, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Community, and a few other supporters. Through our combined efforts we were able to help 82 children from 32 families prepare for the school year. In addition to the school supplies and backpacks, each child received new sneakers, new clothing including socks, underwear, and a new outfit. The families received educational material from the Onondaga County Health Department, some personal care items, and a gift card to purchase groceries.
No residential treatment center in Onondaga County allows single women to bring their children to the treatment facility. The closest one is 100 miles away. Without a residential treatment center in Onondaga County, mothers are forced to place children in an overburdened foster care system or with a family member.
Residential treatment centers provide a supportive recovery environment, leading to long-term recovery, a healthy lifestyle and positive parenting
Allowing children to remain with their parents continues the mother-child bonding process
Children in foster care are more likely to become victims of human trafficking