UW Sunday Column 5-11-14: Debra Stonikas with M.E.R.C.Y.

debstonikasDebra Stonikas: M.E.R.C.Y. moms and Mother’s Day

People around the globe have celebrated the role of mothers for centuries.

The American tradition was established on May 9, 1914, by an act of Congress, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. He established the day as a time for “public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”

M.E.R.C.Y. Communities (Mentors, Empowerment, and Resources for Change in Young families) was also organized to foster the dignity of motherhood in those special cases of mothers and their children who are experiencing homelessness.

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