The Family Center of Hope

Helping Mothers Heal

Community Advisory

Event Date:  Each Thursday through October 25, 2012                                        

Time:             6:00 p.m.                                                                    

Where:          Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries, 4422 St. Charles Ave.

 

Contact: Angela R. Anthony

504-891-3264 office | 504-864-3054 cell | angela.watsonministries@gmail.com

 

 

NEW ORLEANS—The Women of Watson (WOW) Memorial Teaching Ministries will launch a community initiative specifically aimed at mothers who have lost sons to violence. The initiative, “Helping Mothers Heal,” will begin on Thursday, August 30, at 6:00 p.m. at Watson Memorial, 4422 St. Charles Ave.

 

According to organizer, Rev. Pat Watson, this initiative came into fruition as she participated in the 18th Annual Summit on the African American Male held in June. At the summit, Watson recognized that there is a community of women hurting over the loss of their sons.

 

Helping Mothers Heal is a free community initiative. In addition to discussions on managing grief, the initiative will deal with coping with siblings of the deceased, moving beyond the tragic loss, and much more. Watson says that she is still finalizing plans, but hopes to meet with the mothers over a six-week period to offer hope, faith and future.

 

For more information or to confirm your attendance, please call 504-891-3264. The initiative is sponsored by Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries and The Family Center of Hope (FCH).

 

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Background

On June 28, more than 400 citizens attended the first night of the citywide summit on the African American Male. On the second day, an open community Think Tank welcomed more than 70 citizens. The Community Plan: An Inoculation of Hope, Faith and Future to Reduce Rage and Black-on-Black Homicides in New Orleans reveals the output of those voices. On August 9, the FCH held a citywide youth roundtable titled “I Have Something to Say” which allowed young people, between 14 and 25, to openly express their ills and their hopes for the future. Helping Mothers Heal focuses on women and mothers. Through these initiatives and Project RESTORE, Watson Memorial and the FCH are extending help to the whole family. Project RESTORE is a proven intervention model that helps to prevent recidivism of adjudicated male youth.

 

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