Dec 032013

Rev. Pat Watson. (Sabree Hill,

Rev. Pat Watson. (Sabree Hill,

Pastor Tom and Rev. Pat Watson, founders of the Family Center of Hope, will be honored for their 25 years of leadership and ministry at a fundraising gala at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the Audubon Tea Room.

The work of one Family Center of Hope program, “Helping Mothers Heal,” was recently featured in the “Bearing the Unbearable” series of articles by Uptown Messenger photographer Sabree Hill.

Tickets to Thursday’s gala are $60. For more information, see the Family Center of Hope website or the event announcement from the church below:

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the Annual Gala of the Family Center of Hope, Incorporated (FCH).  During the Gala we will honor Pastor Tom and Rev. Pat Watson the founders of the FCH for twenty-five years of leadership and service to the New Orleans community. The lives of many children and their families have been impacted over the years as a result of their untiring dedication to delivering programs that work. The Gala will be held Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine Street.

For twenty-five years, Pastor Tom and Rev. Pat have served beyond the four walls of the church. In 1989, Pastor Tom and Rev. Pat founded the FCH, a non-profit agency, in a shotgun house in Central City. Central to FCH’s mission is equipping and empowering children and families with skills to break the generational cycle of issues that prohibit self-sufficiency. Since its inception, the FCH has served more than 1700 children and families. Today, the Family Center of Hope, Incorporated, is housed at 4422 St. Charles Avenue where its innovative programming continues to address the social service and counseling needs of  youth and families in the community at large. A second location at 4137 Washington Avenue is targeted to open in spring 2014.

We hope you will join us as a Friend of FCH for this Gala event as we pay tribute to servant leaders and foundersof the FCH, Pastor Tom and Rev. Pat. The FCH needs your support to continue to address the critical issues that impact the quality of life for children and families in our community.

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