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Last Friday, when President Trump called protesters “thugs” and tweeted, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he was quoting widely-denounced former Miami police chief Walter E. Headly. The civil unrest of 1967 and 1968 took place against a backdrop of police brutality, institutionalized, systemic racism, and entrenched poverty in the black community. When white authorities blamed the violence on black radical groups intent on fomenting violent dissent, a commission appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson flatly rejected this claim. They concluded that racism was the root of the problem.

I know many of you have been waiting for news on our summer program, The Summer of Service Excursion (SOSE). To ensure the safety and health of our students and staff, we have decided to host a virtual summer program. We are committed, now more than ever, to combating summer learning loss. Continuing our youth programs during this difficult time is essential.

This is our last week of afterschool programming. Power Project After School activities will end on Thursday, May 28th. It has been a pleasure to serve your family this school year. Though the after-school program is coming to a close, we are still able to provide tutoring and groceries/resources. Please reach out if you have any pressing needs!

We want to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all our mothers, grandmothers and caretakers! You truly have the hardest job in the world, and we couldn't be more proud and thankful for the sacrifices you make.

To our supporters, please consider making a donation to our Emergency Fund to support families in need this #mothersday.

Hear Inge's testimony. She has been a parent with youth in the SFNC programs for 9 years.

Events happening tomorrow and next week:
- TOMORROW April 28! 10am-2pm Free Food & Essentials at SFNC
- Take a “Front Porch Photo Session" with Mollye Miller
- Support Positive Households and New Heroes Today!
- Mobile Hotspots for Sprint Customers
- BCPS Meals for Youth & Families March 28 - May 15
We are still operating and are thankful for your continued participation!

If you need anything during this time, let a staff member know during your check-in or contact our Parent Liaison Coordinator Everel Watson at everel@stfranciscenter.org. Please regard the CDC and Baltimore City Health Department guidelines to ensure health and safety of your family.

We hope you are all doing well during this time. We ask that you please keep a line of communication open with us. Contact us if we leave a text or voice message... We miss you! Here are some upcoming opportunities to stay involved with St. Francis Center, with your kids and with your community! If any of these opportunities interest you, see detailed information below.

We are writing to let you know that tomorrow, April 1st, SFNC will be on site at 2405 Linden Ave with emergency supplies from 10am-2pm. We will have baby formula (simliac) and food, bottled water, toiletries, sanitation supplies and more. Please bring your own bag!

Thank you to all our Power Project parents and families, for having patience during the past couple of weeks and assisting your children with their homework packets and their iReady tasks. We truly appreciate you investing in your child's future.

During this time, it is important to us that you and your child(ren) receive ongoing support, academically and otherwise. Our staff has been meeting daily to discuss ways to better support you and your family. As you may know, we have made all of our laptop computers available to be checked out by parents.