Violence prevention, education and intervention for youth, young adults, families and community organizations

Dorothy Johnson-Speight’s Story

by Dorothy Johnson-Speight, MHS, LPC. From Faces of Courage My son Khaaliq was my firstborn, my only son. As a parent I wanted him to have the best. I wanted him to be a productive member of society; I wanted him to have the opportunities that I’d never had. Education is important to our family. Khaaliq went to the best schools in our neighborhood. My husband...

Ruth Donnelly by Kate Campbell

From Faces of Courage The stifling mid-summer heat seeps from the pages of Ruth Donnelly’s diary. The plain bound book is her way to talk with her youngest son, Justin. He was her redhaired boy with the dazzling smile. Justin was a quiet athlete with a passion for hockey, soccer, and baseball. At just nineteen years old, he was stabbed in the chest two blocks...

Doris Saunders by Janae Hoffler

From Faces of Courage As if every new day weren’t a reminder that her oldest daughter is gone, Doris Saunders wakes up every day at the exact time her daughter died: 3:03 A.M.
Chakia Saunders, a vivacious teenager who loved to smile and have fun, turned eighteen years old July 1st, 2005. She loved shopping, talking on the phone, dancing at parties, getting...