News Updates

  • Education Center COVID-19 Back-to-School Update

    COVID-19 UPDATE: To help our kids and their families deal with the difficulty of growing up during a pandemic, the Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center at Ethel Lawrence Homes is now operating a virtual homework club, featuring one-on-one online tutoring as well as a range of enrichment and self-care workshops offered via Zoom.

    Published on September 8th, 2020 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • MDOC Takes a New Approach for Back-To-School in 2020

    Ethel R Lawrence Homes is more than affordable housing — it’s a community, it’s a family. And what do families do when they’ve been apart for a while? They have a Reunion! From August 31st to September 3rd, Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center staff hosted an ourdoor community reunion event. We barbequed all day, took wellness check-ins of every attendee, signed families up for Virtual Homework Club and tutoring, and began registering people to vote!

    Published on September 3rd, 2020 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • Three Jesuit Volunteers Brave Pandemic To Help FSHD

    FSHD enjoys a special partnership with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, which each year connects us with an extraordinary cohort of college grads who commit to one year of post-college service on the front lines of social justice while living a modest life in apostolic community with other JVs. Learn more about the amazing young people who have volunteered to advance the mission of FSHD during the 2020-2021 program year – despite the ongoing danger presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Published on September 1st, 2020 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • Summer 2020 Education Program Update

    FSHD is continuing to deliver services and keep the children who attend the Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center on the track to success, despite the switch to remote learning that will likely continue into the 2020-2021 school year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Experts are deeply concerned the shift to remote learning will widen persistent achievement disparities across income levels and between white students and students of Black and Latino heritage. Studies show that four out of 10 low-income children only accessed remote learning once a week. Our staff worked hard to ensure this didn’t happen.

    Published on August 11th, 2020 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • Creating a Virtual Safe Space for Our Kids

    The staff at Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center has been grappling with how to best support our children through the COVID-19 pandemic and the burgeoning 21st Century Civil Rights movement. Too often, we adults underestimate the impact of these challenging times on our youngest citizens. Students are being bombarded with news and information from TV and social media about serious topics including illness, social justice, and racism, yet they may be unable to process it all.

    Published on August 5th, 2020 in Margaret Donnelly O'Connor Education Center | Read more »