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Patrick O'ROURKE Children's Home, Providence, RI 1948-49

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Re: Patrick O'ROURKE Children's Home, Providence, RI 1948-49

Posted: 8 Apr 2010 4:19PM GMT
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I was also there in the 70's...Most of my memories of that place are horrible...I was abused by many different house parents there...They would lock me up for 24 hours after each abuse so as I couldn't tell anyone about it...That place really ruined my life...I became afraid of people and it turned me into an anti-social person for much of my life...I lived in 4 to 5 cottages and the last one was a coed cottage with just 5 or 6 of us living in there compared to the rest...My social workers name was Tony Bacci? (Real big guy)...I do miss some of the people I grew up with in there and would love to know how they are doing today...There were so many kids there, it would be impossible to remember many names as I'm in my 40's now...I lived there about 10 years and when I was 18 they just kicked me out...No family or money, so I became homeless and lived on the streets of Providence...The "Home School" there basically taught us nothing...I believe I started in Q cottage and then went to P cottage and then spent a short time in O cottage before moving to the coed cottage on the other side of the grounds next to the infirmary...I ended up there because my mom was an alcoholic and the state took me away from her and she never came back to get me...I built up much resentment against the world and got into a lot of trouble after that...I wanted to die and tried to commit suicide many times as a teenager...Since then, my life has been nothing but a struggle...Does anyone know of a list of names of the kids who were there in the 1970's, by chance? I only remember 2 names off the top of my head, which are, Billy Ellis, and Robyn McGarrahan...Everything else is a blur...I use to play a lot of baseball while I was there and even had my name in the paper for it on a few occasions...My name is Michael Franks...Feel free to email me if you think you might know me, know of the list of name I mentioned earlier, or would like to share experiences of living there...Take care...Peace & Love...
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