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Wednesday, June 14, 2006 | Today’s story about the homeless was very uplifting. Subsets of them are children who have been living on the streets and fending for themselves since the 1800s, when Jacob Riis, Rev. Charles Loring Brace, and Charles Dickens raised the public’s awareness about them.

If you don’t believe me, check out my book from the library and see for yourself. The book is called, “Home Kids, the Story of St. Agatha Home for Children.” It was in continuous operation since 1884 until 2005, when it stopped taking in children in favor of its more than 100 group homes. I lived at St. Agatha in the ’60s when my widowed mother could no longer care for her 9 children.

At the end of my book, you will conclude that we have not made much progress, I believe. All of the profits from the sale of the book are donated to the children of St. Agatha Home Services, and distributed through the NY Foundling, an affiliate.

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