My journey with the Quinn Center began with an ask from Gabriel to donate supplies for the children and be a tutor on Thursday nights. We did more than homework. The children were offered classes in computer, music, art, dance, photography and robotics. We also encouraged them through writing. They kept journals. The writing exercises strengthen and gave them a voice. We also taught the children to give back to the community. They made get well cards for the sick and Christmas cards for the homeless who ride the trains all night.
Many of the children continue to come to the Quinn Center. They have worked with the Summer Camp as teen counselors.
In June 2013, we printed a year book style booklet for the children. The book was titled We Have A Dream. We read and made selections from their stories, letters and poems. I have attached the last chapter from the booklet, Letters to Father Carmelo.
As we continue on our journey, we must remember to pray for the children, their families and their community.
It has been a true blessing to watch the Quinn Center grow in these 10 years.
-Vivian Harris, current Board member