What they do: Hour Children is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit agency located in Long Island City that focuses on providing comprehensive services to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their families. They are a leading provider of prison- and community-based programs that support these women and their families as they work to transform their lives and achieve self-sufficiency.
How they do it: To accomplish their mission, Hour Children provides compassionate and comprehensive services and encourages all to live and interact with dignity and respect.
Mission: Hour Children’s 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.
Latest project/campaign: Our 30th Anniversary Gala takes place on November 6th. We have also recently expanded our Teen Scene program from one evening per week to five days per week.
Major Funding: Food Bank NYC, City Harvest, National Grid Foundation, HPNAP, WellCare, Merck Foundation, Levitt Family Foundation, Laurie Tisch Illumination Fund, American Beverage Association
Annual Budget: $4,100,000
Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: Hour Children’s client-choice Food Pantry provides food to about 9000 people each year. With support from Just Food and United Way, the Hour Children food pantry serves as a Local Produce Link site (connecting local farmers to pantries operating in underserved NYC neighborhoods). As a result, hundreds of pounds of fresh, organic vegetables are distributed to our clients each summer and fall. The pantry hosts monthly cooking demonstrations from organizations including Just Food, Food Bank of NYC, and City Harvest.
Number of staff: 60
Number of volunteers: More than 200. Excitingly, the pantry volunteers, of which there are a few dozen, were named “Queens People of the Week” on Friday, August 4th.
Year Started: 1986
Founder: Sister Tesa Fitzgerald