Sister Tesa Fitzgerald
After 16 years of work in schools throughout the New York area, Sister Tesa Fitzgerald dedicated herself to families impacted by incarceration. “So many people lament over children getting ‘lost in the system,’” she wrote in an essay for HuffPost. “For children of incarcerated mothers, their lives are governed by three critical hours: the hour their mom is arrested, the hour they visit their mother in prison and the more hopeful hour of reunification.”
She founded Hour Children to create a more positive and meaningful support system for formerly and currently incarcerated women and their children. Hour Children was recently one of five nonprofits across the country to receive a $20,000 grant from Allstate to further its work as part of The Renewal Awards, presented by Allstate and The Atlantic.
Hour Children strives to end the cycle of intergenerational incarceration. Its mission 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. To accomplish this, Hour Children provides compassionate and comprehensive services and encourages all to live and interact with dignity and respect
Hour Children has been recognized as one of the first Platinum-level participants at GuideStar Exchange, and to has been recognized as one of the 51 organizations receiving a perfect score in the latest ratings from Charity Navigator