February 8, 2023

Get to know Mothers in Charge

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.

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

More ways to contact us

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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

 

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. 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.

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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