St. Pat's for All
2020 GRAND MARSHALS
Johanna Flores (pictured right with Sister Tesa) is a hard-working mother of three who came to Hour Children over 16 years ago, working as the executive assistant. She has been the coordinator of “Hour Working Women’s Program” since the doors first opened in 2008. Her compassionate nature and strong work ethic are what make her so amazing in this role. She not only leads this program but is also very involved with the wider “undocumented” community. As Coordinator, Johanna is responsible for the direction of training for women and connecting them to careers. She and her team have established partnerships with many organizations that include local business owners, colleges and other non-profits. The program is also approved by HRA, which now allows women to receive job training. This is a major milestone for Hour Children. Johanna is one of so many success stories at Hour Children. Without the motivation and support of Sister Tesa, Johanna's success story, among hundreds of others, would never have been possible.
“Sister Tesa believed in me before I believed in myself. Hour Children restored my dignity and self confidence. I worked hard, graduated from college and now my own children are in college. HOUR CHILDREN CHANGED my life and lives of hundreds of women who have come through the doors. Love makes a difference.”
The mission of Hour Children is to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and build healthy, independent, and secure lives.
Hour Children’s name acknowledges the key hours that impact the life of a child with an incarcerated mother – the hour of her arrest, the hour of their visit, and the hour of their reunification.
In 1986, Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, CSJ, helped develop a home in Long Island City, Queens for children whose mothers were incarcerated. Sister Tesa got to know the mothers when she brought their children to visit, and quickly realized that the women would need additional support if they were to successfully reunite with their children after their release. Incorporated in 1992, Hour Children has since become a leading provider of prison- and community-based family services to support women and children as they reunite, stabilize, and transform their lives.
Our values guide everything we do
· Every person has the capacity for change.
· All human beings are worthy of dignity and respect.
· We believe diversity makes us stronger and is critical for our growth.
· One size does not fit all. We provide personalized services tailored to each individual we serve.
· We foster trust with our community through accountability and responsibility.
· Our commitment starts inside the prison system, providing hope, structure, and support.
Mick Moloney is the author of “Far From the Shamrock Shore: The story of Irish American History Through Song” released by Crown Publications in February of 2002 with an accompanying CD on Shanachie Records. He holds a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught ethnomusicology, folklore and Irish studies courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, and Villanova Universities, and currently teaches at New York University in the Irish Studies program.
He has recorded and produced over forty albums of traditional music and acted as advisor for scores of festivals and concerts all over America. Mick also served as the artistic director for several major arts tours including The Green Fields of America, an ensemble of Irish musicians, singers and dancers which toured across the United States on several occasions.
He has hosted three nationally syndicated series of folk music on American Public Television; was a consultant, performer and interviewee on the Irish Television special “Bringing It All Back Home”; a participant, consultant and music arranger of the PBS documentary film “Out of Ireland”; and a performer on the PBS special “The Irish in America: Long Journey Home.” In 1999 he was awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts — the highest official honor a traditional artist can receive in the United States. Mick received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award from the President of Ireland in November of 2013.