Hour Children’s mission is to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and build healthy, independent, and secure lives. To accomplish this, Hour Children provides compassionate and comprehensive services and encourages all to live and interact with dignity and respect.
Hour Children’s vision is to break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration.
Capacity for Change: We believe in the capacity of all persons to change for the better.
Dignity and Respect: We believe in the inherent worth of all human beings; that all persons deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Through our programs, communications, and everyday interactions, we strive to affirm the dignity, potential, and contribution of our participants, board, donors, staff, volunteers, partners, and the larger community.
Diversity: We embrace, encourage, and support diversity. Our staff and our participants have diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, beliefs, perspectives, and lifestyles. We believe diversity is a source of strength and pride and an essential part of who we are and how we operate.
Personalized Service: We believe “one Size” does not fit all. We strive to personalize our services to meet the unique strengths and needs of each of our participants. We believe our participants deserve personalized services and that customized services will lead to better and more sustainable, positive outcomes.
Accountability and Responsibility: We believe that fostering an environment in which participants and staff are held accountable for their actions will lead to more effective programs and better outcomes. Hour Children is accountable to our participants and donors to do our best to fulfill our mission. We hold our participants accountable to do their best to achieve their goals and make positive changes in their lives.
Hour Commitment Starts Inside: Our presence and services inside the prisons and jails provide hope, encouragement, and support. We believe this can lead to a more successful transition into the community and better outcomes for our participants.