Since 1953 the Seton Guild has supported St. Ann’s Center in Hyattsville, Md. Named for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, foundress of the Daughters of Charity, the Seton Guild has organized fundraisers to support St. Ann’s accredited high school, teen mother programs, and the women, families and children who benefit from St. Ann’s care.
The purpose of the Seton Guild is to assist the Sisters of Charity in their work of caring for single young mothers in need and their babies at St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families in Hyattsville, Maryland.
In the organization’s early years, members recognized the need to prepare the young women to become self supporting, contributing members of society. Programs initially taught by volunteers eventually led to the establishment of St. Ann’s High School, accredited by the State of Maryland.
Throughout its history, the Guild supported St. Ann’s educational endeavors by a variety of fundraising efforts, including garden parties, fashion shows, and luncheons. Most recently, an Afternoon Tea and Basket Raffle has become the principle means of raising funds to support the high school.
In addition to fundraising, Guild members participate in several hands-on activities. Because many young women come to St. Ann’s with few personal belongings, gift bags of grooming essentials and supplies for their babies are given to each young mother. In addition, the Guild hosts an annual Christmas party, receptions for Honors Assemblies and graduations, gives a graduation gift to each young mother, and helps meet other needs as they arise.