By Kara Savas
While Santa and Mrs. Claus are very busy this time of year, they always make a point of visiting the Jeanne Scott School at Regina’s Place for the annual Breakfast with Santa event, with gifts for the students and their children.
The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, in partnership with the Good Shepherd Centres Hamilton, operates the Regina’s Place Jeanne Scott School for young single mothers 18 and over looking to earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma, while on-site child minding is provided for their babies.
The program is under the umbrella of St. Charles Continuing Education and is an effort to help students break the cycle of poverty by bettering the students’ chances of employment and independence.
Currently, there are 22 mothers enrolled in the school, with a rolling admission throughout the year.
“It’s overwhelming how generous our community partners have been, including the St. Charles school community, when it comes to ensuring that nobody goes without something to open on Christmas,” said Teacher Kara Savas.
“Our hope is that through education and independence, these young mothers can build a foundation for themselves and their families so that they too can share that same generosity with others who are struggling.”
“We know in our heads that there are resources and supports for people in need in Hamilton, but today we felt it with our hearts. We saw it in the faces of the children, their moms and the staff,” said Lead RECE Jennifer Jewer.
“We work to promote that loving, supportive and inclusive environment between the children, and their parents, the whole year through.”