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My Latest Crisis

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Many people around the city are familiar with Grace Episcopal Church on Canal Street, as many community meetings are held there. Mid-City Neighborhood Organization meets there. Friends of Lafitte Corridor meets there. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve been an especially frequent visitor over the last eight months, as my daughter has been enrolled in Grace Child Center.

We believe Grace has one of the best child care centers in New Orleans. We believe it’s an asset to the Mid-City neighborhood. They offer wholesome, organic, locally-grown, freshly-prepared, vegetarian meals. You can’t find that at too many places around town! They also offer bilingual education and serve a diverse population. We’ve been very happy to have our daughter there and foresaw she would attend for the next several years.

Therefore I was shocked and saddened to learn the diocese has ordered Grace Child Center to shut down at the end of this month. The reasons behind this are far from clear, but some concerned parents are currently organizing an effort to meet with the newly installed Bishop to see what can be done.

In the meantime we have done what everyone does these days — we’ve started a page on Facebook. If you use Facebook, please give it a “like” and show your support for Grace Child Center.

Any other help or suggestions are more than welcome.

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  1. Whoa! That is a serious crisis!

    Do you know whether the closure is linked to financial shortfall, or something else?

    If parents are truly motivated (sounds like they are) to come up with a viable alternative, I can probably help arrange a meeting with some founding members of Abeona House, if it comes to that.

    That really sucks.

  2. Jack Schick Jack Schick

    I know that institutions are cutting legal potential liabilities where possible.
    It was nice while it lasted.
    If you guys tried to organize some Co-op, you would find DIFFICULTIES and
    Costs and Paperwork, and folks who just wanna dump their inconvenient kid.
    …and Churches are proving more vulnerable to Courtroom doings these days.

  3. […] I’ve attended so many meetings there. My daughter had a wonderful time at Grace Child Center until it too was closed by the diocese under circumstances which I never fully understood. I find church politics very […]

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