March 4, 2024

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun reports on Mothers in Charge 20th anniversary

Mothers in Charge and our founder and executive director Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight were featured in The Philadelphia Sunday Sun on January 21, 2024. Cover | Part One | Part Two

Mothers in Charge hosts annual holiday toy giveaway

Mothers in Charge held our annual holiday toy giveaway a few days before Christmas at the School District of Philadelphia headquarters. WATCH THE VIDEO

Joy of Sharing toy drive now collecting gifts for Philadelphia-area children

Mothers in Charge founder and executive director Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight joined Jim Donovan to talk about how giving this season can help make the holidays brighter for local families. WATCH THE VIDEO

Bid now on these custom Mothers In Charge shoes autographed by Jason Kelce of the Philadelphia Eagles

Mothers In Charge was a 2023 Social Justice Fund grant awardee from the Philadelphia Eagles. As a recipient, Mothers In Charge was also invited to participate in My Cause, My Cleats. This fun-filled evening allowed MIC, and the other Social Justice Fund grantees, the opportunity to paint a pair of sneakers that are now being auctioned to raise additional funds for the organizations. Your support would be greatly appreciated! The shoes are live on NFL Auction and the bidding will end on December 28th.

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20th Anniversary Gala

Mothers In Charge honored the Roxborough High School Football Team

Hundreds attended the Mothers in Charge 20th Anniversary Gala on May 24 at Lincoln Financial Field.

Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight & Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw
Attendees celebrating at the 20th Anniversary Gala

Both bitter and sweet: Mothers In Charge celebrates 20 years of helping those who have lost a child to gun violence

As our 2oth Anniversary Gala was approaching, The Philadelphia Inquirer published this story reporting how: “Mothers In Charge has grown from a grassroots response to gun violence into a nationally recognized violence prevention, education, and intervention organization.” Read it online: Both bitter and sweet: Mothers In Charge celebrates 20 years of helping those who have lost a child to gun violence

Honored by magazine

Above: Our founder and national executive director Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight was recognized in “True Believers: 6 Philadelphians With Promising Approaches to Gun Violence Prevention,” in the March, 2023 edition of Philadelphia Magazine. Read the article.

Get to know Mothers in Charge

Mothers in Charge helping gun violence victims, their families for more than 20 years

Dorothy Johnson-Speight started Mothers in Charge in 2003, two years after the murder of her son Khaaliq. The goal was to create a space that supports victims’ families. More than 20 years later, she is still working and her organization has spread to four more states across the country. Watch the news report on 6ABC.

CBS3 Joy of Sharing toy drive wraps up Wednesday, but still time to help make holidays brighter

CBS Philadelphia has launched its annual Joy of Sharing toy drive, benefiting children in need this holiday season. The campaign has provided toys for more than 100,000 children in need over the years. Your toy donations will benefit both the Salvation Army and Mothers in Charge, a nonprofit which supports mothers who lost children to gun violence. [News report / More info]

Conversation

In 2020, our founder Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight took part in a conversation Josh Shapiro, now Governor-elect of Pennsylvania. Watch the video: Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight and Josh Shapiro Conversation | Gun Violence

Eagles wear orange to honor survivors and victims of gun violence

With Friday marking Gun Violence Awareness Day, the Philadelphia Eagles were wearing orange practice jerseys which will be auctioned off to benefit two violence prevention organizations, Frontline Dads and Mothers in Charge. Here’s the story: Eagles wear orange to honor survivors and victims of gun violence

New documentary features Mothers in Charge

Our work and community prominently featured in a new documentary that recently premiered online:

In Philadelphia, gun violence is the leading cause of death for young Black men. The documentary, HEAVEN: CAN YOU HEAR ME? explores the devastating impact of gun violence on families seen through the eyes of mothers, like one woman who grieves after the youngest of her four sons was murdered in 2016. Across town, the film takes us into the inner sanctum of Mothers in Charge, a Philadelphia-based service and advocacy organization working with survivors of violence. In weaving together the stories of mothers and community advocates on the frontlines of a crisis, the film paints an intimate portrait of loss, grief, and resilience.

Video Messages

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro congratulates Women Working for a Change

The latest class of our Women Working for a Change reentry program graduated on February 9 during a ceremony at the Sister Clara Muhammed School in West Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro sent this video to congratulate the graduates.

Philadelphia City Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson speaks at Women Working for a Change Graduation

The latest class of our Women Working for a Change reentry program graduated on February 9 during a ceremony at the Sister Clara Muhammed School in West Philadelphia. Philadelphia City Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson addressed the graduates.

Here’s what we do

WOMEN WORKING TOGETHER FOR CHANGE
Offering Peer Support Specialists, life skills training, and resource coordination for women returning from incarceration

GRIEF SUPPORT
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

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

SCHOOL-BASED GRIEF AND LOSS GROUPS
Group sessions are provided to children who have experienced loss.

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

PARTICIPATORY DEFENSE
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.

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

PUBLIC INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
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.

You can make a difference

Mothers In Charge operates on contributions from organizations and people like you. Please take a look around our site to see the programs your donations will support.

Our gift to you

If you donate $100 or more using any of the forms on this site, we would like to reward you with a copy of “Mothers in Charge: Faces of Courage,” a book features empowering portraits of many of our moms. To get yours, simply forward the email receipt you receive shortly a making a donation and your shipping address to: info@mothersincharge.org

How the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) can help families affected by homicide:

The VOCA services that are provided by    Mothers In Charge include:

  • Peer support at the scene of the crime or follow up at home
  • Victim advocacy
  • 24 hour live support
  • Mobile Meetings
  • Grief Support (individual/group)
  • Anger Management
  • On-going wellness outreach
  • VCAP (Victims Compensation Assistance Program)
  • Court Accompaniment
  • Support at Homegoing Services

How can we help you?

Note: We do our best to respond to all inquiries within 72 hours.

Weekly Services

Monday: Boys mentoring: 6 p.m.
Tuesdays: Participatory defense: 6 p.m.
Wednesdays: Girls mentoring: 6 p.m.
Thursdays:
Anger Management: 1 p.m.
Healing Hearts (grief support): 5:30 p.m.

Contact us

Email: info@mothersincharge.org
Phone: (215) 228-1718
Administrative Offices: 990 Spring Garden St, Suite 703, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Training site: 2839 Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

More ways to contact us

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You Can Make a Difference

Mothers In Charge operates on contributions from organizations and people like you.

Please take a look around our site to see the programs your donations will support.

Please leave a note in the comment box if you wish to make your contribution in honor of a loved one.

Please review our donation terms and conditions. (More info) | We also gratefully accept offline donations. (More info)

Thank you!

Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight, Founder and Executive Director
Mothers in Charge, 990 Spring Garden Street, Suite 703, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Email: info@mothersincharge.org | Phone: (215) 228-1718

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