My name is Lorrain Taylor, Founder/CEO 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence. I am also a former VA employee. February 8, 2000, I lost both twin sons to gun violence in the City of Oakland while working on a car. They were both in college and worked part-time. I was greatly crippled by that traumatic experience. A social worker, I was forced to resign my job due to both emotional and physical illness. Seven years ago, I returned to the workforce, due to PTSD, my doctor told me I could not continue to work. Rather than die in my grief, I started 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence to assist those who were also grieving due to a loss. Numerous journalist have shared my story: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Grieving-mom-s-mission-of-mercy-To-cope-with-2483517.php https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoHcUUYX1qk http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Grieving-mother-helps-homicide-victims-families-5046913.php http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Oakland-Mother-Angel-in-the-Flesh-Uses-Grief-of-Twin-Sons-to-Help-Murder-Victims-Families-286878221.html My healing continues as I help others heal. I am writing to ask United Rentals assistance in furthering our mission to ease the detrimental impact of violence on victim-survivors by providing ongoing compassionate support and services. Our immediate needs consist of space to manage current in kind donations and transportation to pick up and deliver. We are happy to accept both financial and/or in kind donations. Others sponsors have included: Kaiser Permanente, Outfront Media, The Oakland A's, ABC 7 and the S.F. Giants. Would you please consider a partnership with us? I am available to meet with you upon request. All donations are 501 (c) 3 tax deductible. I can be reached at 510-581-0100 for more information. On behalf of 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, thank you for your selfless gift through the "Oakland A's Care YouCaring" compassionate Crowdfunding! Your generous gift helps our organization improve the quality of life for victims of violent crimes. Special thanks to all our social media, individual, corporate, federal, postal and military supporters. This past year, 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence provided services to over 150 families who lost loved ones to gun violence and/or victim-survivors of domestic violence. We estimate that your contribution, along with others, will not only help us provide 150 + families with counseling, group sessions, home decor, resources and referrals in 2017, but will also ensure that every person we encounter is more empowered to work through grief-related stress. Your wise investment in our community is greatly valued! Thank you, also, for your daily public service. We hope to count on your sharing this project with your network. February 8, 2000, I lost my 22 year old twin sons to gun violence while they were working on a car in Oakland. I am not the only one. More than 1,000 lives have been lost in the City of Oakland alone in the past decade. We want to honor these families so they will know that someone cares and that they do not have to suffer in silence says Lorrain Taylor, founder of 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence. We also need an ongoing dialogue with homicide investigators who play a significant role in the progressive healing & closure for homicide victim-survivors. Finally, we want to recognize law enforcement officers who go beyond the call of duty to protect and to serve Taylor said. 1,000 Mothers to Prevent Violence mission is to alleviate the detrimental impact of violence by providing ongoing practical support & services to victim-survivors which include, COPE, a bilingual grief support group, 1000 Mothers Mission House, outreach and prevention, advocacy, information and referrals, delivering groceries and crisis intervention. The majority (95%) of families participating in our programs are from low-income and minority families living in Oakland, Ca. Through no fault of their own, many times these young people are left to cope with the loss of close relatives and friends, thus leading to joining gangs, turning to drugs & alcohol which contributes to other crimes. Violence, illegal activity and truancy become more of the norm when youth and adults have no mechanism to cope with their pain. 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence currently offer the following services: 1) Advocacy: Advocate for fair compensation to victims and for public policy and understanding; 2) COPE (English/Spanish): Grief support group organized to create a safe environment for community residents regardless of race, color or religious affiliation to share and meet other homicide victims survivors 3) Outreach & Prevention Services: Collect and disseminate information regarding mental health, legal resources, and victim-services; collaborate with law enforcement to broaden communication and to help victim-survivors understand criminal justice system; 4) Project SSMART: A program for grandparents and parents caring for children of homicide victims; 5) 1000 Mothers Walk for Healing: An annual fundraiser to raise funds for victim services and to raise awareness to the ongoing impact of violence on families and the community; 6) PURPLE Gala: An annual fundraiser and evening of healing to help survivors get through the holidays and to honor a law enforcement officer who goes beyond the call of duty to bring healing to surviving families 7) 1000 Mothers Storehouse provides home decor to survivors who must relocate to safety.