How does it feel, growing up in the care of an aunt or grandparent? How does it feel knowing your mother or father is living their life behind bars? How do they even maintain a bond with an incarcerated parent?
One way is through a program called Get On The Bus, founded by Sister Suzanne Jabro. Now in it’s third year, GOTB brings children and their guardians from throughout the state of California to visit mothers and fathers in prison. Primarily centered around Mother’s and Father’s Day, Holy Family Church of South Pasadena sponsors a bus that provides free transportation so a child can spend time (four hours) with their parent. The Church also provides breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack; travel bags for the children; a photo of the child with their parent; and a teddy bear with a note from the parent to their child.
Many caregivers are unable to make the drive due to distance or expense, and their are 200,000 children in our state with incarcerated parents. In 2011, more than 1,300 children participated in the Get On The Bus program.
This Saturday, Holy Family is hosting “Burgers for Buses,” a cocktail and dinner party, to raise funds to fill two buses when GOTB embarks in May and June. Custom-built gourmet burgers with various sides will be provided by Pasadena’s The Counter.
Burgers for Buses
Saturday, March 3rd.
Cocktail Hour: 6 p.m. Dinner: 7 p.m. $30 per person
Holy Family Parish Hall, 1501 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena
For more info, and to RSVP, contact Julianne Coppersmith at 626.278.9602
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