Harlem Mothers Save Seeking First Responder Applicants

To get involved, contact Rev. Kevin Jones by Friday Feb 6 at kjones@crownheights.org  or (917) 837-2032

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Have you lost a loved one to gun violence?

The community needs your help in channeling this challenging experience into healing opportunities for you and your neighbors. The Mediation Center is partnering with Harlem Mothers Save to train individuals to be “First Responders” who work with others who have lost someone to gun violence as a supportive figure. The Mediation Center is now interviewing individuals interested in joining this program. Continue reading for more information and email or call Rev. Kevin Jones at kjones@crownheights.org or (917) 837-2032 to schedule an interview. 

About the Program:

The First Responder Training Model helps those who have lost loved ones in violent crimes to hone their skills in supporting others who are grieving in the immediate aftermath of their loss. First Responders are trained to use “therapeutic empathy” to be a mark of hope for others during times of tragedy.

Compensation for Trainees:

Participants will receive a metro card for transportation and $100 stipend upon the completion of the training. Lunch will be provided during each session. There will be dinner for trainees and one guest as part of the Completion Ceremony.

How long is the Training?

4 consecutive Saturdays for 4 hour time periods.


  • Must be 21 years or older with relatable history to loss due to a violent crime
  • Demonstrated ability to manage personal grief and with current emotional state absent of prolonged grief
  • Must be approved by Crown Heights Community Mediation Center for training
  • Must commit to attend all training sessions
  • Must be willing to serve as a First Responder for at least one full year with service to start no less than 30 days following training