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God Bless the Child (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 21 March 1988
Single mother, Theresa Johnson, becomes homeless, loses her job and tries to survive with her young daughter, Hillary, through charities and public shelters.


Larry Elikann


Dennis Nemec

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mare Winningham ... Theresa Johnson
Grace Johnston ... Hillary Johnson
L. Scott Caldwell ... Althea Watkins
Obba Babatundé ... Raymond Watkins
Dorian Harewood ... Calvin Reed
Jennifer Leigh Warren ... Sharee Watkins
Davenia McFadden Davenia McFadden ... Kathleen
Yasiin Bey ... Richard Watkins (as Dante Terrell Smith)
Jose Soto Jose Soto ... Bobby Gifford
Shawana Kemp Shawana Kemp ... Tracy Watkins
Charlayne Woodard ... Chandra Watkins (as Charlain Woodard)
Akuyoe Graham Akuyoe Graham ... Charlesletta (as Akuyoe)
Nicholas Podbrey Nicholas Podbrey ... Kenny
Brenda Denmark Brenda Denmark ... Elizabeth
Kate Lynch ... Carrie


Single mother, Theresa Johnson, becomes homeless, loses her job and tries to survive with her young daughter, Hillary, through charities and public shelters. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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21 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of Poverty See more »

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Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Effects of God Bless the Child live on
4 April 2006 | by eberkopecSee all my reviews

This movie is still relevant after 18 years. The characters in the movie would face the same problems today. The movie drives home the point of how homelessness can happen and how hard it is to recover or break the cycle of poverty.

Not only does this movie show how someone can fall into homelessness and poverty and how that devastates a family, it actually inspired someone to DO something about homelessness.

An Ursuline sister, Margaret Scheetz, in Youngstown Ohio, saw the movie and was inspired to start a program for homeless women with children. The program, Beatitude House, provides transitional housing for homeless women while they pursue a full-time education. It also provides counseling, parenting programs, case management, group counseling and budgeting education.

The program started in 1991 with one apartment; it now has 24 apartments in Youngstown and 7 in Warren, Ohio. Beatitude House now includes an education and career preparation program for disadvantaged women, and has added a permanent supportive housing program for disabled homeless women or women who have disabled children. (More information is available at www.beatitudehouseonline.org.)

So, Thank You Mare Winningham, D. Michael Nemec (the writer), and everyone who produced or acted in this movie. Your work has truly changed lives.

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