August 3, 2020

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Prayers and blessings for Ms. Sharon Kelly

We are saddened to announce the loss of our Atlantic City chapter leader Ms. Sharon Kelly, who passed away at the end of last week after fighting the good fight against pancreatic cancer.

Mothers In Charge extends our deepest sympathy, prayers and condolences to her beloved family at this time.
Few words can express how sad this news of losing such a dear one makes us feel. 

-Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight (Read more.)


Rest in Power John Lewis

Representative John Lewis was our great warrior for mankind, fighting many battles for us. He was a son of a sharecropper and fought tirelessly for racial equity before and during his time in Congress. He will be missed but his legacy and work will continue. We will continue to get in good trouble in his honor.  – Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight, Founder and National Executive Director (Read more.)


Statement on the killing of George Floyd from PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro

We must give people the confidence that through hard work we can heal our society, and lift the knee that holds down Black Americans and holds back the potential of our country. Institutionalized racism was put in place over generations by people. It will take time, but as individuals we have the power to end it, and ensure everyone the god-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. (Read more.)

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Our doors are closed but our hearts are still open

Stand together with Mothers in Charge on #GivingTuesdayNOW:
With your help, we can expand our services, including grief support, crisis counseling, participatory defense, life skills training, resource coordination, anger management, mentoring for adolescents, public education, outreach, advocacy and other trauma-informed solutions. (Read more.)


Have you lost a loved one to homicide? VOCA can help!

Mothers in Charge and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) provide a peer support specialist, victim advocate and intake specialist.

We offer assistance to survivors left behind by homicide victims with:

• VCAP (Victims Compensation Assistance)
• Healing/Grief Support (individual and group)
• Anger Management
• Court Accompagnement
• Victim Advocacy

(Read more.)

Here’s what we do

Offering Peer Support Specialists, life skills training, and resource coordination for women returning from incarceration

Individual and group support is available weekly to those who have lost loved ones to violence. Crisis counseling, therapeutic storytelling, and a support hot-line

Participants are referred from Philadelphia Court & Probation systems for nine, weekly sessions of anger management support.

Group sessions are provided to children who have experienced loss.

A Cognitive Skills/Problem-Solving Training for Incarcerated Individuals offered in Three Philadelphia Prisons and for At-Risk populations.

Community organizing model for people facing charges. Their families and their communities can impact the outcome of cases and transform the landscape of power in the court system. Participatory Defense groups work with the public defender’s office by providing a more holistic view of a person facing criminal charges.

Weekly after school life skills and mentoring sessions are offered to at-risk adolescent girls. New Mentors and Young Ladies Are Always Welcome!

MIC conducts public education, outreach and advocacy both locally and nationally to facilitate discussions around the impact of violence.
We are urgently working with our nations leaders to develop trauma-informed solutions to support those left behind to deal with the aftermath of violence.

All of our services and support to the community utilize a “Trauma Informed” service approach. We will be sharing more information on all of our programs soon.

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Weekly Services

Participatory defense: 5:30 p.m.
Boys mentoring: 6 p.m.

Girls mentoring: 6 p.m.

Anger Management: 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.
Healing Hearts (grief support): 5:30 p.m.

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Phone: (215) 228-1718
Mailing address: 520 N. Delaware Ave., Suite 302
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight

Founder and Executive Director


Mothers in Charge

520 N. Delaware Ave., Suite 302

Philadelphia, PA 19123

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