O U R M I S S I O N
LTHB IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION FOUNDED IN 2009.
OUR MISSION IS TO MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF FAMILIES OF VICTIMS AND OFFENDERS. LTHB ENGAGES IN EFFORTS TO AID ALL EFFECTED.
A B O U T U S
In 2009, Let The Healing Begin, Inc. (LTHB) was founded hoping to create a bridge on the path of mothers uniting to address a shared crisis of violence and youth incarceration plaguing Boston communities. Whether it’s the incomparable grief of homicide or the immeasurable aguish inherited from a youthful offender’s actions, distress is not mutually exclusive. LTHB strives to help encourage and enable all stakeholders in hurt to become shareholders in healing by playing an ongoing role in taking on this massive social problem.
LTHB began as an informal support group, for mothers carrying the weight of having lost a child to violence or incarceration, that transitioned from meeting in my home and church provided space to becoming a modest 501c3 nonprofit organization hosting large public events uniting families of all affected.
In 2006, my then teenage son committed a nonfatal act of violence against a young man. The emotional grief and devastating social impact on all affected is rarely adequately expressed in words. During the lengthy legal process, I became close with a prominent Boston peace advocate and many others that had experienced similar ordeals. I had long strived to play a meaningful role in community service and had been honored with career and outstanding community contribution awards, but my focused turned to supporting families affected by violence and youth incarceration.
W H A T W E ' V E D O N E
LTHB strives to make a positive difference, for all affected, where there are tears and tarnished lives resulting from violence and youth incarceration. LTHB supports mothers in and out of court, arranges by referral volunteer transportation for grandmothers to visit incarcerated youth, provides holiday gifts as well as book bags with school supplies to children in victims and offenders families, enables sharing personal stories in an annual fundraising event booklet and advocates the concerns of all with elected representatives, public safety officials and the media. We also stress offender responsibility because a moral debt to society can never fully be repaid. LTHB promotes healing by engaging those affected in ongoing efforts to address a shared crisis.