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Caring for the Mothers of Safe Passage

"A mother is the force of love and grace that exceeds and conquers all the forces of evil."  —Josep Torras

Each morning, when the students of Safe Passage walk into their classrooms, they have already overcome numerous hardships just to achieve the simple act of crossing that threshold.

Family Nurturing

Every Saturday afternoon around 3pm, you can find the English/rhythm and movement teacher, Shannon, standing in the doorway of the Escuelita checking off names of the fifteen families (about 60 people) who have been attending the Family Nurturing program (Crianza con Cariño) since the beginning of March. As the families all happily greet “Seño Shanno,” the little ones run to the gym, the babies are swept up by eager volunteers and the mothers join their facilitators in the cafeteria space. One family even brings their dog! Once each family has come, the facilitators begin their activity, which pertains to that particular Saturday’s theme. Each person who helps support a group is a staff member, graduate, current student or a volunteer from Safe Passage; which makes it easier for the families to feel comfortable within their separate groups.

Voting for the Parents Committee

Every ‘Reunion Mensual' (Monthly Meeting) here at Safe Passage is a big day, as once a month we ask our students to stay home for the day and instead invite the parents to an afternoon full of encouragement and support. It’s one of my favorite days of the month. Volunteers and staff line the front door with drums and maracas and applaud and cheer for the parents one by one as they enter, expressing our pride and thankfulness for caring for their student’s education.

A Glimpse into the Reunión Mensual

Once month, the children of Safe Passage have a day off and their parents come to the project instead. This is called the reunión mensual (monthly meeting). Most parents come to Safe Passage while their child is at school, and they speak with their family's social worker, listen to presentations from the psychology and social work departments, and spend time in their child's classroom with their teacher and volunteer. They also pick up any supplemental food support they may be eligible for.
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