ETHEL GARDNER, THE CROWN OF COURAGE
The Kennedy Austin Foundation was founded by Ethel Gardner in March 1998 and it was born of tragedy: On May 31, 1992, Ethel’s 17-year-old son, Damon Jermaine Jones, died from injuries received in a car accident. He was on life support for seven days. Ethel’s world was rocked with grief and pain.
One year later in July 1993, Ethel created A Mother's Cry Grief Support Group to help other families dealing with the loss of a child. In March 1998, the Mother's Cry Grief Support Group became The Kennedy Austin Development Center, later named The Kennedy Austin Foundation.
The foundation’s name was inspired by the birth of Ethel's first granddaughter, Kennedy Austin, whom she thought she would never see, and who brought life and healing to Ethel's broken heart.
The videos below comprise three episodes detailing Ethel’s life before, during, and after the loss of her child. You will find the series, particularly episode 2, compelling---please share it with family, coworkers, and friends.
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The Kennedy Austin Foundation International Family Institue is a family-crisis intervention center serving the tri-city community of Pomona, Claremont, and La Verne, California.
We serve people of myriad circumstances, ages, faiths, and cultures, providing them with wellness and crisis-intervention designed to educate, equip, and empower.
KAF offers 16-week group programs in grief and loss for families who have lost a child, court-approved domestic violence and anger management, parenting classes, and a journaling group called Write the Wrongs. Write the Wrongs began in 2016, in collaboration with Tri-City Mental Health Services, and was developed to help individuals seek emotional healing and growth through journaling.
We also offer a special 16-week program for children 5- to 18-years-old called Creating Space, for children who are or have experienced childhood trauma.
Kennedy Austin Foundation International Family Institute has a food giveaway every Wednesday each week.
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