The Italian Home for Children — one of Boston’s most enduring testaments to Italians’ spirit of giving and caring — will be represented with a team of six riders at this year’s “Rodman Ride for Kids,” an umbrella matching gift charity raising funds for youth focused social-service agencies that support at-risk children in Massachusetts.
The annual 25, 50, and 100-mile noncompetitive cycling tour has raised $61 million since 1991.Riders supporting the Italian Home for Children include Francesco Daniele, George Forte, Becky Pietronuto, John Ratcliffe, Stacey Conroy, and Matthew Sykes.
“I will participating in the 50 Mile race,” says East Boston-resident Francesco Daniele. “Yes I will be riding the entire 50 Miles, I promise. Some of you may be familiar with the Home, they do an amazing job.”
The devastating influenza epidemic of 1918 orphaned many Italian children of Boston’s North End, and the community and clergy responded by establishing the Italian Home for Children to care for these orphans. During the first fifty years, Franciscan sisters devoted their lives to raising and teaching thousands of children at the Home.
As decades passed, the needs of the children arriving at the Home began to reflect more complex crises. Today, the Home’s focus is providing residential and day treatment services for emotionally disturbed children of all nationalities.
Licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Home provides a comprehensive network of services to emotionally disturbed boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 14. All of the services provided by the Italian Home for Children are directed toward its primary goal: the reunification of the children with their own or alternative families and/or the preservation of families at risk.
To support the cycling team’s efforts, you can donate to the team as a whole, or you can select individual riders to support. As of Monday, September 24, the team has collected more than half of its goal of $15,500.
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