The history of Kennedy Austin Foundation started with a support group called a “Mother’s Cry” in 1993. The name was later changed to Kennedy Austin Developmental Center in 1996 as a non-pro-fit 501 (c) 3. In the year 1998 it was reorganized as the Kennedy Austin Foundation a 501(c) 3, a Non-Profit Organization. There was a great need in the community for the parents and families that have lost children.

Ethel’s inspiration came from the loss of her only son, Damon Jermaine Jones who was 17 years old at the time of his tragic car accident. 

Kennedy Austin Foundation’s name was created by the birth of her first granddaughter, Kennedy Austin, whom she felt that she would never see. Kennedy brought back life and healing to Ethel’s devastated heart.

Kennedy Austin Foundation serves the Tri- City area and surrounding communities with our Wellness and Crisis Intervention Center programs and classes that educates, equips, and empowers individuals and families to over-come the effects of major losses. We serve people of various backgrounds, ages, religion, and ethnicities. 

Our services include, but are not limited to Reflections of Promise (Grief and Loss), Survivors of Domestic Violence (Women Only), Youth Vision Classes (Ages 8 to 18), Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaways, Annual Christmas Toy Drive & Giveaways, and most importantly The Million Mother’s March that happens in May of every year, which is in remembrance of the loss of all loved ones.

Write the Wrong Writer’s Workshop LLC, began August 2016 with the support and collaboration with Tri-City Mental Health. The workshop was developed for individuals seeking emotional healing and personal growth through journaling. This is a vehicle to work though the emotionally pains of life to recreate passion. 

Through the years, Kennedy Austin Foundation has been recognized by the community as first responders to tragic situations. The foundation has received awards and recognition by our peers and the surrounding communities.

Mission:  Kennedy Austin Foundation, is a 501(c) 3 Non-Profit Organization, since 1995, We educate, equip, empower individuals and families in crisis. 

Vision: A Family Helping Families heal after the loss of a child.

Our motto: From The neighborhood to nations!

Goal: Life after Loss, to provide hope and restoration to families and individuals from tragedy to triumph.