Dear Walkers and Supporters,
Thank you for proving that Peace is Possible!!! 15,000 people and 195 teams walked with us on Sunday for the 2015 Mother's Day Walk for Peace. We have raised $330,000 towards our $400,000 goal! A record for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. And funds are still trickling in... We cannot say THANK YOU ENOUGH for your love and support.
To God Be the Glory, build it and they will come. Thank you so much to all of you for your commitment, dedication and passion as we continue to seek the peace of our beloved City.
To the Survivors of Homicide Victims: When we come together we are powerful beyond measure. We can see and feel that we are not alone. I pray the walk may be a step on your journey toward healing, the way it's been a part of my own.
To All the WALKERS and VOLUNTEERS: This walk belongs to you! You made history happen and we are grateful for all your hard work and efforts!
To the Corporate Community: Our PEACE INVESTORS: We appreciate you for making an investment in peace! Thank you for your courage to make a conscious decision. We are well aware that you have many worthy non-profits competing for funding; we thank you for choosing to support our efforts to start peace.
To the Religious Community: Through you I want to share my journey and the scripture that kept me focused that Peace is Possible. I would often cry out to God and ask what else do YOU want from me? How much more can one woman do? He replied with the gift of peace and guided me to meditate on John 14:27 New International Version (NIV) "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
To the Hospitals: When Louis was killed, I left the hospital empty handed both physically and within my soul. I made a promise that I would work with the hospitals as they are often the first point of contact with families who are faced with the hard reality that someone they love was murdered. Thank you for hearing my cry and for coming out the way you did. FULL FORCE!
To the Business Community: We live, work and shop in the community where your business is located, we truly appreciate your commitment to peace.
To Our Schools of Early and Higher Learnings:
You hold the key in shaping the hearts and minds of future peacemakers and generating peace...your students are watching and learning. Thank you for leading and teaching peace.
Women to Women- Mother to Mother:
Your heart I hold. Without you none of this would have been possible....thank you for trusting and for allowing me into your heart, thank you for our ongoing support day in and day out. The power of sisterhood, womanhood and motherhood. Honore de Balzac said it well, "The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness."
Stay Involved After the Walk!
Leadership Academies for Families of Victims – modules run bi-monthly.
Leadership Academies for Families of Incarcerated Persons – modules run bi-monthly.
Pathways to Healing is back! Join us to explore the many different options for healing and connecting mind, body, and spirit. June 11th 6-8pm come learn and experience Massage Therapy. To sign up for a chair massage contact Rachel@ldbpeaceinstitute.org
Peace-ing It Together: Our next Peace-ing It Together workshop series will be held in the fall September 8th, October 6th, November 3rd, December 1st. Contact Rachel@ldbpeaceinstitute.org to register.
Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims Providers Monthly Breakfasts: The Network meets every third Tuesday of the month from 10:00 – 12. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is still time to meet your team goal. We encourage everyone to continue their fundraising efforts and make their donations online through Father's Day.
I thank YOU for honoring the memory of Louis and all our loved ones who have been impacted by violence,
Clementina M. Chery
President and CEO
LDB Peace Institute
15 Christopher St.
Dorchester, MA 02122
P. P.S. There is still time to invest in Peace :
1. Keep fundraising till Father's Day.
Donate today and help us meet our $400,000 Walk goal!
2. Its not too late to start a virtual fundraising team!
Name your team after your Dad!
After you register, start a team. Set a fundraising goal and increase the impact you make by asking your friends and family to support the Peace Institute with you. You can personalize your fundraising team page with your own story and message to show others why the Peace Institute is important to you. Learn more here. See a list of teams who still need funds to reach their goals here.
3. Encourage your teammates to keep up the momentum!
Over 195 teams registered. But many have not reached their fundraising goals yet. Send out a message to your contacts and ask them to support your cause in honor of moms and dads in their life. You can see the list of teams here. Make sure when donating, folks select the team to credit their gift to from the drop down menu on the donation form.