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How We Began

On May 27, 2020, my son committed suicide. 

His name was Jamal. He was 19 years old, and it was the worst day of my life!

Jamal was my firstborn child. He embodied love, kindness, and respect. Jamal was the type of kid you’d want to have as a friend for life.

Although he is no longer here in SIGHT, I realize that he left us his loving SOUL.

 

One way to keep his soul alive is through his belongings, in particular-his shoes. So I started this organization to honor his legacy and others who have lost a loved one to suicide, violence, disease, or trauma.

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Although he is no longer here in SIGHT, I realize that he left us his loving SOUL. One way to keep his soul alive is through his belongings, in particular-his shoes. So I started this organization to honor his legacy and others who have lost a loved one to suicide, violence, disease, or trauma. 

At Soul Survivors of Chicago, we take the shoes (the one thing that carried our body) and give them to someone in need. The gift is with the understanding that you are "walking with the SOUL of someone unable to move forward-so walk with Purpose." 

We also focus on providing educational scholarships to youth impacted by violence or trauma and providing educational awareness around the importance of mental health.

 

Please join us!

- Rafiah Maxie,
Founder of Soul Survivors of Chicago

OUR MISSION

We focus on providing education and awareness surrounding mental health, suicide prevention, and trauma prevention of youth of color.

Soul Survivors of Chicago, Inc. works to mitigate suicide risks for young persons of color through training and workshops, speaking engagements, focusing on the education and awareness of mental health, suicide, and trauma.

Our focus impacts: 


a. Schools and Institutions of Higher Learning
b. Youth programs in communities of color and underserved populations
c. Crime prevention programs targeted at reducing disparities impacting communities of color
d. Faith-based/Religious organizations.

We provide scholarships and financial support to youth impacted by trauma, suicide loss, and violence.

And through all things, we honor the legacy of Jamal Leo Clay.