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No Child should ever walk the journey of grief alone.

A Circle of Hope

On November 23, 2016, the day before Thanksgiving, the Mourning family's lives changed forever. Trina Mourning-Dodson received a call that no one would ever want to receive. Her brother, Arthur Lee Mourning Jr. ("Lee Lee") had been shot in his own home in front of one of his children.

Trina rushed to the hospital after receiving the call and waited hours alone in the lobby until her name was called. The doctors escorted her into the family room to let her know that her brother had died. Once the doctors left, Trina had the daunting task of calling her parents, siblings, and other family members to hear the yells and screams over and over again after telling them that he had died from his gunshot wounds.

The Mourning Family were officially on the "other side of the yellow tape" being that this was the first time they ever experienced a homicide in their family. Arthur left behind six children who needed resources that weren't readily available including mental health care. After years of hurt, grief, and trying to find proper resources for several of her brother's children, a Circle of Hope was born.


Circle of Hope provides much-needed support to children who are struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one to homicide. Our services are tailored to the individual needs of each child. We offer a safe and supportive environment where children can feel comfortable expressing their emotions.


"Children are often the forgotten grievers"


The trauma of losing a parent to
violence leaves a scar that echoes through childhood. By volunteering your time, you can offer these children a safe space to heal, play, and simply be kids again. Every moment you share makes a world of difference.

"The quality of your life will be determined by the quality of your contribution. When you work to improve the lives of others, your life improves automatically."

~K. Ashley

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