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. To accomplish this, Hour Children provides compassionate and comprehensive services and encourages all to live and interact with dignity and respect. Hour Children’s vision is to break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration.


Hour Children began in 1986 when Sister Tesa Fitzgerald (Sister Tesa) opened the doors of St. Rita’s convent—now known as My Mother’s House—to children with incarcerated mothers. Sr. Tesa did not plan to find her life’s work among women and children impacted by incarceration. “It was an epiphany for me. I put myself in their shoes and couldn’t imagine what the children must be feeling when their mothers were taken from them.”

Since then, Hour Children has evolved into a leading provider of prison- and community-based services for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children. Hour Children was named to acknowledge the important hours that shape the life of a child with an incarcerated mother – the hour of their mother’s arrest, the hour of their visit, and the more hopeful hour of reunification. Today, Hour Children provides services to more than 5000, families annually, helping formerly incarcerated women reunify with their children, successfully rejoin the community, and build healthy, independent lives.

Hour Children is recognized as one of the first Platinum-level participants at GuideStar Exchange, and is one of the 51 organizations receiving a perfect score in the latest ratings from Charity Navigator.


Hour Children is a leading provider of both prison-based and community programs that support currently and previously incarcerated women and their families as they work to transform their lives and achieve self-sufficiency.

Critical funds raised will benefit Hour Children, a nonprofit organization
improving the lives of women and children for 30 years.