Virtual fundraiser gives back to children of incarcerated parents



FLINT TWP. — A local nonprofit is working to improve the lives and futures of children whose parents have been incarcerated.

Motherly Intercession, a grassroots organization based in Flint Township, will be hosting its 21st Annual fundraiser and silent auction on Nov. 14 to support children of incarcerated parents. This year’s virtual event will benefit Motherly Intercession’s Reading and Counting to Success Plus (RACS+) program and celebrate the retirement of Motherly Intercession’s founder and former executive director, Shirley Cochran.

The event will also include an exclusive tour of Motherly Intercession’s Flint Township offices, entertainment by jazz singer Stephenie Monear and a Steals and Deals silent auction offering several unique items and gift opportunities.

Necole Hayes, executive director for Motherly Intercession, said that her organization’s mission is to empower children and foster a stronger community by preventing the cycle of intergenerational incarceration.

“Mrs. Cochran started the program to help children realize that their destiny does not have to be their parent’s destiny and that this can be achieved through education,” she said. “We help them cope with this negative aspect in their lives and to succeed, whether it’s graduating on time, getting a job or being a productive citizen of this county.”

Since its founding in 1999, Motherly Intercession has provided a variety of after school programs and services to children of currently or previously incarcerated parents. These services include the RASC+ program and summer school programs, which help children with reading, writing and math; multiple outings and field trips throughout the year; and the N-Touch Ready to Work job skills program for kids 14 and up.

At this year’s fundraiser, Motherly Intercession will be honoring four 2020 local high school honors graduates with a presentation of the Ransom & Shirley Cochran Unlock Their Future Scholarship. Each graduate has been a participant in Motherly Intercession’s educational programs.

Additionally, Motherly Intercession offers referrals for health care services with Genesee Health Plan and provides Christmas gifts for children through the “From Mom” program.

Along with its educational goals, Motherly Intercession attempts to build bonds between children and their incarcerated parents. For over 20 years, the organization has partnered with the Genesee County Jail to provide supervised visitations between children and their parents who are incarcerated at the facility.

Hayes said that the jail visitations provide emotional healing for families and help children to get to know their incarcerated parents better.

“I love to see the joy on the faces of moms when they meet their children for the first time or see the excitement in a child’s eyes when they recognize their parent,” Hayes said. “It helps children attain emotional rectification and overcome attachment issues.”

Tickets for the Motherly Intercession fundraiser can be purchased on Eventbrite or at the Motherly Intercession office at 3010 S. Dye Road in Flint Township. Follow the link to view and register for Motherly Intercession’s Steals and Deals Virtual Silent Auction: https:// www.32auctions.com/unlocktheirfuture. The virtual event will start at 5 p.m.

More information on Motherly Intercession is available at unlocktheirfuture.org.