We are a family-crisis intervention community. Our mission is to empower, equip and educate families in crisis.
The Kennedy Austin Foundation implements a Grief & Loss program to provide hope and restoration to families who have lost a child.
Ethel Gardner's inspiration arose from the loss of her only son, Damon Jermaine Jones, who was 17 years old at the time of his fatal car accident in May 1992.
The Kennedy Austin Foundation started with a support group called "A Mother’s Cry” in 1993. In 1995 the name was changed to The Kennedy Austin Developmental Center, a nonprofit, and in 1998, the center was reorganized as The Kennedy Austin Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
The foundation’s name was conceived 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 foundation serves the tri-city area of Pomona, Claremont, and La Verne, California with wellness and crisis-intervention programs designed to educate, equip, and empower families in overcoming the effects of major loss.
We serve people of myriad circumstances, ages, faiths, and cultures. Our services include Survivors of Domestic Violence (which qualifies for court-mandated participants), Creating Space for youth 5-18 years old, the Write the Wrongs writer's workshop, Anger Management for dealing with triggers, Mental Health, the Million Mother’s Rally, and annual holiday giveaways.
The Write the Wrong Writer’s Workshop began in August of 2016, in collaboration with TriCity Mental Health Services of Pomona. The workshop was developed to help individuals seek emotional healing and growth through journaling.
Your donations will help the Kennedy Austin Foundation, a 501c(3) nonprofit, continue to serve as “first responders” to those in crisis by providing food, clothing, shelter, and even end-of-life planning resource services.
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