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A Dream Come True: The Story of Casa de los Ninos
A Dream Come True The Story of Casa de los Ninos Author:Sister Mary Kathleen Clark Any history of Tucson would be incomplete if it did not include a chapter about Sister Mary Kathleen Clark, the founder of Casa de los Ninos. Slender but hardly frail, reserved but hardly shy, she was one of the most dynamic figures in town in the 1970s and '80s. — Born in Kansas City in 1919, Kathleen Clark began her religious vocation by jo... more »ining the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1936. By 1958, she was a supervising nurse in the emergency room at St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson. There, she saw first hand the horror of child abuse. There, she began to pray that someone would do something to protect the children.
In 1973, she realized that "someone" would be her. With the help of her friends in the medical community she opened Casa de los Ninos in November of that year. Her vision and energy soon electrified the community. The agency would become one of the largest and best-regarded home-grown charities in Tucson.
The results of her efforts are tender, thoughtful words about a tough world of neglect and abuse of children. As you read through this real-life drama you will laugh and cry. Become angry. Let tears blur the words on the page. It was written to stir your emotions.