From Tragedy to Hope

PRESS RELEASE

September 26, 2013  
From Tragedy to Hope  

One Mother’s Powerful Response to Violence Outside Giant’s Ballpark

Redwood City, CA—Yesterday’s stabbing death of a baseball fan outside the Giants stadium reminds us that even during the most seemingly innocent times like spending a few hours at a ballpark with friends and family, we are not far from the potential to experience violence. Unfortunately what happened yesterday was not an isolated incident. In 2004, a 21-year-old young man, Tim Griffith, was fatally stabbed outside of Giants ballpark on the night that Barry Bonds hit his record breaking 700th home run in that season. In response to the loss of Tim, his mother, Stacey Redman of Redwood City, founded the Tim Griffith Foundation and since that time the organization has turned tragedy into hope by raising over $500,000 for funding violence prevention and grief and loss programs. 

Violence Prevention

The Foundation has already witnessed dramatic violence prevention results with one program it currently funds, The Transition Program, a joint effort between Acknowledge Alliance and the San Mateo County Office of Education.  Supporting students who have been expelled or who are on probation, the Transition Program aids youth in their transition back to public school, ultimately reducing recidivism and assisting in the path to graduation. 

For the majority of the youth involved in the program, gang activity, rival neighborhood violence, and racial and ethnic clashes dictate daily life.  With a focus on counseling, community building, and renewing hope for the future, the Transition Program has turned an 88% failure rate into an 80% success rate in getting students to stay out of trouble and stay in school.

Grief and Loss

The Foundation also supports mothers grieving the loss of a child through their unique Meadowlark Retreats.  Recognizing that this particular type of loss requires a particular type of healing, the Tim Griffith Foundation created the Meadowlark Retreat to offer mothers a safe place to grieve, connect and heal.  This year, the seventh semi-annual retreat was held in September, with the next retreat planned for spring 2014.  A mother who attended the retreat said, “I cannot express how much this weekend has meant to me.  My world has changed, my path is brighter.  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”

According to Stacey Redman, Founder of the Tim Griffith Foundation and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, “Youth violence in our community is very real and takes a devastating toll.  The loss of a child is devastating beyond words, and a loss too frightening for many people to acknowledge.  As a community, we are all responsible for finding peaceful solutions and supporting those dealing with the effects of violence.”                                                                                                                            

When faced with events like yesterday’s killing after the Giant’s baseball game, it’s comforting to know that organizations like the Tim Griffith Foundation are already working to turn a tragedy into hope.

 

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The Tim Griffith Foundation heals and strengthens Bay Area communities by providing support and services to those impacted by addiction, violence and loss.  Founded in 2005 by a Redwood City mother following the tragic death of her adult son, the Tim Griffith Foundation has raised over $500,000 since its inception and has made financial grants to more than 30 local nonprofit organizations.  As a service provider, the Tim Griffith Foundation assists individuals and families directly through the operation of a unique program for mothers who have suffered the sudden loss of a child.  A distinctive combination of financial support and direct services, the Tim Griffith Foundation transforms hardship into journeys of healing and hope. www.timgriffithfoundation.org