Ever since Mario Pallotta came to Italian Home for Children as a small child, he has been an important part of the community. Mario and others who have been in the care of Italian Home have countless special memories of building sandcastles at the Cape, picking apples with the nuns, sledding down the big hill, and tirelessly preparing for the Christmas pageant. These tidbits of nostalgia are the kind of thing that we keep forever. We want to provide the kids currently in our care today with the same kinds of memories.
The Mario and Claire Pallotta Enrichment Fund will support activities for children in Italian Home’s care. The seventy children in Italian Home’s residential care call our campuses in Jamaica Plain and East Freetown “home.” They stay with us for an average of 535 days—eating their meals at our table, sleeping under our roof, and playing on our playgrounds. Though their time at Italian Home can be a difficult moment in their young lives, we seek to give them the joy of childhood experiences and adventures. This fund will provide children with cheerful, enriching activities – such as dance classes, music lessons, athletics, trips to museums, fun days at an amusement park, and afternoons at the movies. These activities are not only a fun social outlet; they also increase self-esteem, social skills, and a sense of belonging within their community.
Activities need to be available to our children year round, and they are not reimbursed to us by the state or insurance. These activities are solely provided by funds from donations from supporters like you. We feel that these “extras” are not extras at all. Every kid should be able to go to Six Flags during their summer break. Every kid should be able to pursue interests like soccer, band, or painting if they want. Join us in honoring Mario and Claire with a gift to this fund which will allow us to provide these essential activities for children in our care.