From Katherine Lozano, Director of the Parent’s Academy at Blessed Sacrament Academy
2013 Parent’s Academy classes were recently completed with a total of 190 graduates from Precious Minds New Connections and 120 graduates of Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours. We served over 350 parents and about 500 children this year in our evening parent education programs. Just a short break for the holidays and the 2014 classes will reach even more families…..
This last cycle of classes uncovered a number of families in crisis. Three families we served were living in shelters. Three other parents were incarcerated after the course began – all three of them were moms. The dads have been coming to class and participating as Parents’ Academy becomes an even more important part of their service plan and one time a week they can make a positive connection with others. Two other moms had to drop out when they were assigned to enter rehab for substance abuse. Hearing the stories of the families we serve often brings sadness, a sigh and prayers, prayers, prayers for their strength and healing. We pray that their time with us will be a bright spot in their journey to strengthen, and at times, re-build their families.
There is much joy in this work as we help families connect with each other and learn together. Knowing that the relationships we are building with them lifts their spirits and gives them hope is of great encouragement. Yes, it is important work and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve in this corner of God’s kingdom.
Katherine Lozano, Director