Written on: August 27, 2019
Outside of the shortage of workers, we don’t hear much about the migrant worker stream in the U.S. which to this day, still attends our crops to make sure they are harvested in a timely way. Singly or in families, these migrants journey from south to north, following the maturation of crops throughout our nation. What migrants earn during our growing seasons has to stretch over the entire year. They are hard-working, flexible and ambitious, despite being poor…
Over a decade of years while adult migrants worked in her area, and her parish outfitted an old highway garage to serve them, Sister Barbara Pollock, GNSH cared for their newborns up to 18 months, and visited the families in their shacks to assess and respond to their child-related needs. At first, the migrant families were mainly African-Americans, followed by Mexican immigrants.
A certified teacher, Sr. Barbara dearly loved these youngest of a new generation of Americans.
As the decade ended and government programs were established, Sr. Barbara moved on to help young children in another way. She sought further studies and acquired a teaching position at the SUNY Empire State College for adults that offered certification or degrees in the field of early childhood. She created a curriculum to guide those who also loved children and wanted to work in home day care or center care or who dreamed of starting a day care center.
Sister Barbara Pollock has devoted the past 25 years to this ministry.
Her students are somewhat like her migrants: hardworking, flexible, ambitious…and poor. Sr. Barbara has garnered praise and awards for her work, but her joys are derived much more from a longer view: the first migrant child she nurtured who earned his PhD; her many college students, now credentialed and formed to dearly love and capably care for children throughout our country and beyond, now helping to create a more compassionate world.