|Friday, April 17, 2020
As we enter the second month of the impacts of the COVID-19 Coronavirus on our community I hope this message finds you healthy and doing well. This pandemic has already caused much pain and suffering in our community and around the globe.
Thanks to all of you, the work of Children’s Friend continues. We are working to support our most vulnerable children and families through this crisis. As with most disasters, those most vulnerable feel the negative impacts first and most harshly.
How we do our work, and how we live everyday has changed dramatically in the past month. Despite all of the changes and uncertainty, I am pleased to report that with your support, the work of Children’s Friend continues. Here are a few examples of your amazing work in these trying times:
Many of you are aware of the rich history of Children’s Friend. As we face this pandemic together, I want to share a very relevant piece of our history with you.
When Children’s Friend was founded back in 1834, the world was dealing with a cholera pandemic.
Following is a quote from our founder Harriet Ware writing to her siblings about the pandemic. “You, probably, may know something of the agitation that has prevailed here in relation to the cholera. We are expecting it every hour, and have been so for weeks or months. I have had thoughts of suspending my school, but I have submitted to the advice of those who are best acquainted with the circumstances, and all agree that it is important to continue the school until it may be broken up by the pestilence. I have never thought of fleeing to save my life, for no angel has been commissioned to inform me to what mountain I might fly and be secure.”
Just as Harriet Ware did not flee to the mountains, neither have you, as evidenced by the above list of accomplishments.
Thank you for being part of the Children’s Friend Family. Together we will get through this.
Stay safe and stay connected with us on social media.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Read Joselynn’s story.
Hi, my name is Joselynn. I am 11 years old. A few days after birth, I was placed in a loving foster home. I was reunited with my birth parents at a few months old, only to find myself back in foster care at 16 months old.
Read Maria’s story.
Maria Buccieri first became involved through a friend who recruited her to join the 5K Walk & Run committee.