Ms. Ethel Gardner has come from the most humble
beginnings and has endured many tragedies. She
grew up without a mother, a grandmother, or a
female mentor; this had a significant impact on the
life she would live. She was subjected to
imprisonment and domestic violence, at the hand of
her children’s father, which created an opportunity
for her to not just survive, but thrive.
Through the help of a friend, she found the courage
to change her circumstances and pursue her
destiny. She knew her calling was for a greater
purpose and it would only be realized if she
persevered and stepped out on faith. During her
journey of freedom and discovery, tragedy once again
disrupted her newfound peace.
On March 13, 1993, she envisioned a family crisis intervention center and soon thereafter,
she established the Kennedy Austin Foundation, a nonprofit organization aimed at
providing education, physical support, and resources to women and families whose lives
have been impacted by the loss of a child or domestic violence. Ms. Ethel has made it her
mission to educate, equip, and empower women and show them that they too have the
means to turn tragedy into triumph.
As part of her community outreach efforts, she has partnered with the city of Pomona to
be a “first responder” to those in crisis; by providing food, clothing, shelter, and end of life
planning resource services. She has also partnered with Tri-City Mental Health Services to
provide grief counseling and support.
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In 2013, Vibrant Green for Vibrant Peace (VG4VP)
was created for two separate but interconnected
reasons: First to alleviate human suffering in the
face of emergencies to all people affected by
disaster across the country. We strive to provide
relief to those who are in need of necessities,
counseling or guidance. VG4VP also assists single
parents in an effort to ensure their children a
successful future. Secondly, to help reduce the
effects of crime, gang activity, and recidivism by
positively impacting the lives of at-risk youth, and
troubled adults by implementing a set of strategies
and tactics designed to correct the criminal
lifestyle and mentality.
We at Vibrant Green for Vibrant Peace are actively involved in the communities providing
the resources that it takes to properly re-socialize these individuals so that they can
become productive, contributive members of society.
Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for
volunteers to help us. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're
excited to have you join the team!
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our
mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the
help of supporters like you.
For more information on how you can help us make an impact visit us at
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As part of Black History Month and efforts to promote literacy throughout San Bernardino
County, San Bernardino County Schools is having a book signing with educator and author
Margaret Hill on Feb. 29.
The event will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 601 North E Street in San Bernardino. For
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