Helping Children of Incarcerated Mothers (Aired on April 24, 2022)

         

 

Hour Children connects incarcerated mothers with their children, who stay for a few days with volunteer families living near correctional facilities while they visit their jailed mothers. Radio Rotary welcomes back Dr. Alethea Taylor, executive director of Hour Children, along with Kate Paletta, an Hour Children volunteer for the past 18 years. Ms. Paletta cares for children of the incarcerated mother for a few days so that the children can visit their mothers at nearby Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. Bedford Hills provides a parenting center for the visits. The visiting children interact also with Kate’s four children, often forming lasting relationships. The Hour Children program raises money and brings host families, children, and mothers together at an annual Mother’s Day luncheon.

Learn More:
Hour Children: https://hourchildren.org/
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women: https://prisoninsight.com/correctional-facilities/state/new-york/bedford-hills-correctional-facility/
Recidivism in Women’s Prisons: https://www.prisonpolicy.org/blog/2019/07/19/reentry/

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Program Helps Families of Incarcerated Mothers (Aired on March 6, 2022)

Hour Children is a remarkable group of programs that, among other assistance, connects incarcerated mothers with their children. Its 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 this show, RadioRotary welcomes Dr. Alethea Taylor, executive director of Hour Children, and her friend Laura, who is the house manager of one of the five Hour Children communal residences that provide a supportive environment for women starting the reentry process and reuniting with their children. The guests describe how Hour Children assists women incarcerated at Bedford Hills and Taconic Correctional Facilities, both located in Bedford Hills, New York, and the Rose M. Singer Center located in New York City, with facilities for parenting education and even a nursery for mothers who give birth behind bars. Listen for the many other
services from Hour Children.

Learn More:
Hour Children: https://hourchildren.org/
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women: https://prisoninsight.com/correctional-facilities/state/new-york/bedford-hills-correctional-facility/
Rose M Singer Center at Riker’s Island: https://www.cobanyc.org/rose-m-singer-center

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Astor Services for Children & Families (Aired on February 20, 2022)

You may have heard of the Astor Home for Children in Rhinebeck, NY, but that is only the original part of what has become since 1966 a wide-ranging service for mental health and education that is a major humanitarian force in the Hudson Valley and the Bronx. Sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York, Astor Services is now an essential part of many of the programs for children and young persons, including Head Start, Health Homes, Home Based Crisis Intervention, Probation Based Services, and much more. Learn about the wide reach of Astor Services in English and Spanish from this RadioRotary interview with Kim Stella, Assistant Executive Director for Care Management and Prevention at Astor Services.

Learn More:
Astor Services for Children & Families: https://www.astorservices.org/
Astor Home for Children: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astor_Home_for_Children
History of Astor Services: https://www.astorservices.org/about/history/#:~:text=Astor%20Services%20for%20Children%20%26%20Families%20%E2%80%94%20originally%20the%20Astor%20Home%20for,reduce%20the%20need%20for%20psychiatric

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Southern Dutchess Rotary Programs (Aired on December 26, 2021)

Southern Ulster Rotarians Will Ferrell (club president) and Paul Daniels (vice president) visit RadioRotary via Zoom to discuss the community and international projects that the club supports. Southern Dutchess was originally named “Plattekill Rotary,” but with members from nearby towns in Ulster Country and even some from nearby Orange Country, the current name seems more
appropriate. The good work that Southern Dutchess Rotarians do goes from the very local, such as providing donuts and hot chocolate at the annual Plattekill tree lighting, to the International, including helping fund improvements in a village in Guatemala. Much of their emphasis is on youth: a basketball and volleyball program for elementary school, providing summer camps for needy children, and sending local students abroad on Rotary Youth Exchange. Southern Dutchess Rotary is also proud to be a ShelterBox Hero, annually supporting Shelterbox disaster relief.

Learn More:
Southern Ulster Rotary Club: https://www.southernulsterrotary.org/
Konojel Project in Guatemala: https://www.voluntouring.org/2018/07/28/volunteer-konojel-guatemala/
Camp Robbins on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ycamprobbins/
Rotary Youth Exchange (YEX): https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges
ShelterBox USA: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/

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