About Urban Grief

A Message From Our CEO

I was 17 when my cousin was murdered. My family was stricken by grief, but we found that we had nowhere to turn for help. There was no awareness that we had experienced a trauma or that we might have needs as a result. Instead, each one of us suffered alone, never talking about it.
Years later I saw the same thing happening to other people in my community. Every funeral brought me back to my own family’s tragedy. I started to investigate to find out what resources were available to crime survivors in urban communities, many of whom were living below the poverty line and predominately people of color.
I was shocked by what I learned. Not only was there nothing out there for us. But when I started asking questions, I was told, “What’s the big deal? They’re used to it.”
We are not used to it. We’ll never be used to it. Every shooting, every homicide, every act of violence makes another tear in communities of color that are already ravaged by generations of trauma, racism, and neglect. These wounds are too deep for bandaids. Our communities need transformation.
That’s why I founded Urban Grief.

every act of violence makes another tear in communities of color that are already ravaged by generations of trauma, racism, and neglect.

Our Values

Urban Grief is guided by the following values:

Compassion – We engage individuals and communities with love, dignity, empathy and respect.

Healing – We seek peaceable solutions that promote individual and collective well-being.

Raising Humanity – We recognize the importance of acceptance, collaboration, and justice for marginalized communities and underserved crime survivors.

Integrity – We operate in a spirit of excellence by maintaining high standards of ethical
conduct.

Safety – We prioritize emotional and physical safety for all.

Trustworthiness – We strive to minimize risk by using best practices to forge trauma
responsive services. 


Urban Grief is a community-based organization that educates about the effects of violence and supports those affected through crisis/bereavement support, breaking down the walls of isolation by connecting community members and caregivers with each other as resources and mutual support.

Urban Grief responds in the aftermath of community violence.

Hours

Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Sunday: Closed

Flexible Hours Upon Request

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