supports women prisoners and their
children in the state of New York.
The organization—named for the
one-hour family visits that prisoners get—helps moms in prison stay
in touch with their kids while they
serve time, raises those children as
fosters while the mothers are incarcerated, and then helps the women
rebuild their lives after their release.
“It became very clear to me that
the [incarcerated] mothers didn’t
have the opportunities that the children deserved,” Fitzgerald says. She
wanted something more for all of
Hour Children has created a vil-
lage in a small section of Long Island
City, not far from the East River.
Fitzgerald and her staff maintain a
food pantry for the women when
they first live on their own outside
of prison. One building houses the
Working Women Program, where
the former inmates are taught life
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