About 140 people Sunday helped Mom’s House Inc. of Johnstown to celebrate 30 years of service to the community during its annual banquet at Sunnehanna Country Club in Westmont.
Lindsay Ward, the emcee and a morning anchor at WJAC-TV, said Mom’s House has provided much for the community, bettering the lives of children and parents.
“Let’s hope the next 30 years will be as successful,” she said.
Allegra Slick, executive director of Mom’s House, said that the organization has helped 400 parents at its Johnstown office through the years.
There are six other Mom’s Houses in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and Delaware, she said.
“You’re not just helping the 400, you also are helping their children, the siblings and the extended family for a lifetime,” she said.
“We help mothers for four years while they complete their college education, then they help us and the community for the next 50 years.”
Keynote speaker for the event was Christina Sinosky, who, along with a daughter, Carolyn, were one of the first to attend Mom’s House. Both were recognized at the gathering.
Both have been successes; Christina Sinosky is an accountant and her daughter, Carolyn, a Penn State graduate, Slick said.
Sinosky, who since married John T. Sinosky III and has another daughter, Jordan, said Mom’s House provides an alternative so that single parents do not have to become another welfare statistic.
“They’re wonderful,” she said about Mom’s House. “Their foster grandparents come in and work not only with the children, but with the parents.”
Sinosky, who was 14 when she lost her mother, said the foster grandparent also taught her many valuable skills such as cooking.
Pauline Molchany, a member of the organization’s board of directors, was honored during the event for her 30 years of service to Mom’s House.
Molchany and her late husband, Ed, started a grass-roots campaign to help open Mom’s House in 1983, Slick said.
“She’s been helping to fund-raise and volunteer at the center for the past 30 years.”
Frank Lombardo said it’s amazing to see so many people come together to support an organization that cares so much about children and their mothers.
“Only the good Lord knows the fate of so many children who would have not had the opportunity to go to this great and worthy organization,” he said.
Rose King also said Mom’s House does a great job.
“To hear it firsthand from a young women who experienced the love, encouragement and help that she received while raising a child and going to school is a tribute to Mom’s House,” King said.
The Rev. Barry Baroni, pastor of Visitation Roman Catholic Church, Johnstown, provided the closing prayers.
Entertainment for the event was provided by the Hat Ladies and pianist Mark Ed.
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