December 6, 2022


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

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Please support Mothers in Charge this Giving Tuesday and every day

For #GivingTuesday, Mothers In Charge asks you to support our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts and all those who have lost a loved one to senseless acts of violence in our community.

Help us help those coping with tragic loss by donating online. Just scroll down to the donation form at the bottom of this page or go to:

Your support of our organization is indispensable. Your your tax-deductible contribution will support our programs, including: Grief Support, Anger Management, School-based Grief and Loss Groups, Violence Prevention Advocacy, Teen Mentoring, Participatory Defense and more.

We also support the transformation of women returning to their families and communities after incarceration. All of these programs advance our mission: violence prevention, education and intervention, while advocating and supporting youth, families and communities affected by violence.

The year may be drawing to a close but our work is not. Our work will not be done until we stop losing lives to violence and stop seeing women return to their communities without support following incarceration.

#GivingTuesday is about ordinary people coming together to do extraordinary things. Please join us.

Happy Holidays From Everyone At Mothers In Charge!

Joy of Sharing toy drive underway

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]


Join us at Broad Street Ministry on Wednesday, December 14th from 5:30 – 6:30 PM for a vigil to remember those lost and demand our leaders #EndGunViolence. RSVP today.

Women Working for Change: New cohort graduates

The latest cohort from the Women Working for Change reentry program at Mothers in Charge were recognized with City Council citations during the graduation ceremony on July 27. VIEW THE SLIDE SHOW

Mothers in Charge joins new Mothers Movement to demand more city action to prevent gun violence

Mothers in Charge founder and executive director Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight holds her grandson Khaaliq Roberts during city hall press conference. Her son Khaaliq Jabbar Johnson was shot and killed over a parking space dispute in 2001.

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

Join us May 5th at noon:

Join Mothers In Charge and other community organizations on May 5th at noo as we lead our Pre-Mothers Day Peace Rally and Walk from 440 North Broad Street to Philadelphia City Hall.

To our sons and young men, please see what this violence is doing to our families and our communities through our tears. We cannot bear the grief of losing you anymore.

Join this marching band of young people, mothers, families, and community members working together to heal our communities and end senseless violence in Philadelphia and beyond.

Click here to register now >>> A Mother’s Plea For Peace, Sons Put Down Your Guns-Pre-Mothers Day Rally

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.

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Women Working for a Change: Graduation Photos

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. These photos were provided by Vincent Thompson from The Office of Philadelphia City Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson. Click the picture above to see more. (Read more.)



Twenty years ago today, our National Executive Director received a call that every parent fears, a call that changed her life forever. She was told that Khàaliq her only Son had been shot and succumbed to his injuries. She continues to miss him today like she has for the past 20 years and the pain remains with her. She continues to say her love is eternal for her Beloved Son, Khàaliq. June 26, 1977-December 6, 2001 (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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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.

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.

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Report from the community

Apply now to join the Credible Messenger Reporting Project and tell the story of gun violence, root causes and possible solutions from the community perspective. Stipends are available. (Click here for details)

Weekly Services

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

Girls mentoring: 6 p.m.

Anger Management: 1 p.m.
Healing Hearts (grief support): 5:30 p.m.

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Phone: (215) 228-1718
Mailing address: 990 Spring Garden St, Suite 703
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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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.


Everyone donating $25 or more will have their name added to our Partners in Peace page, unless you choose the anonymous option.


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


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Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight

Founder and Executive Director


Mothers in Charge

990 Spring Garden Street, Suite 703

Philadelphia, PA 19123

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