Nearly 100 New Yorkers joined Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare) CEO Anne Kauffman Nolon and National Center for Farmworker Health CEO Bobbi Ryder at the Warwick Valley Winery earlier this month for the HRHCare “Honoring the Hands” benefit.
The event was held to recognize the Warwick Area Migrant Committee and Sisters Pam Wagner and Fran Liston of the Divine Compassion for their support of local agricultural workers. Funds raised at the benefit will support the continuation of a summer camp for children of Orange County agricultural workers, 100 of whom participated in the seven-week 2017 program.
Sisters Pam and Fran have served the poor throughout the United States and have been based in the Black Dirt Region since 1990. They have consistently kept their doors open to agricultural worker families in need, with their home becoming the location for the children’s summer program. Although the sisters retired in September of 2016, they remain very connected with the community.
The Warwick Area Migrant Committee was founded in 1959 as the Warwick Council of Churches to assist the agricultural workers of Orange County. In addition to providing for the spiritual needs of the agricultural workers, the Committee quickly expanded to include education and health care support.