Parent Testimonials

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Mother of Sofia Gonzalez

(Rebuilding means) empowering a segment of our youth that are underrepresented! Giving them a voice and a chance to be heard! Know that they are not the only ones who feel the way they do! SAD is taking a stand for children of victims of violence. I hope to see the foundation grow to reach farther out to other communities so their children may start to heal.

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Mother of Katie, Sarah and Caroline LaVoie

The ability to share their story in a safe and supportive environment . . . honoring their loved one. (Rebuilding is) demonstrating that they are not alone in their circumstances. It (SAD) provides tools to the kids on how to process their unique grief.


Mother of Infinity, Ralph and Chance Ramey, and Benjanae and Decan Smith

Chicago is a big city with a lot of murders. (Rebuilding means) letting (kids) discuss their stories so they know they’re not alone and that this tragedy doesn’t define them. All of them are able to share their tragic story without shame knowing it is OK and you’re not alone.