About Us.

Our History

The foundation was founded in 2014 and named in honor of Daphne Belgrave Kersee (1930-1968,) a strong mother of seven children, who died too early because of domestic violence. The purpose of our foundation is to join in the effort to End Domestic Violence

Our Mission

We are a catalyst of change in the fight to end domestic violence by empowering persons of domestic violence with the necessary resources to improve their situation.

Our Vision

Our vision is that persons of domestic violence are aware of the resources that allow them to find ... "A Way Out" of their situation.

Our Leadership

  • Debra Kersee-Anderson
    Founder & Chairman of the board

Board of Directors

Our board consists of educators, business persons and community leaders

  • Denise K. Dowdy
  • Susanne Lyons
  • Eric Martin
  • Norris (Jean) Miller
  • Cheree Montgomery
  • Veronica Romero
  • Sherry Shaw
  • Sheila Tatum-Seals
  • Elaine Walker

Our Focus.

Collaborations with community based organizations through our own initiatives will allow us to assist victims of domestic violence within the community. The Daphne Belgrave- Kersee Foundation plans to collaborate with existing community based organizations to establish educational scholarships to assist domestic violence victims with their educational endeavors. Evidence indicates that lack of education can be one of many barriers that prevents victims of domestic violence from transitioning out of their circumstances. In an effort to break the cycle of abuse through learned behavior, we will establish a mentoring program specifically for young men who are at risk based on their exposure to domestic violence. Finally, we will develop our transitional housing partnerships with organizations that provide short-term transitional housing, our goal will be to help organizations with their operational budget so program participants can stay in the program for extended periods of time while they rebuild their lives.

Our Events.

Any person experiencing the grief of domestic violence, wants to find “A Way Out”
It is my prayer and hope that the programs and services we develop offers these individuals the tools and resources to find that “Way Out”. Events help us fund those efforts so please join us at any - or all - of the events below.

Our Transition to Independence Scholarship and Awards luncheon is the time that we honor organizations and individuals who are making a significant contribution to persons impacted by domestic violence. The education/skills improvement scholarships are presented to individuals rebuilding their lives after escaping a domestic violence relationship. The proceeds from this event will benefit our scholarship fund.

Save The Date!

Saturday October 13th, 2018

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Get Help.

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

For help and information contact:

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
TTY 1-800-787-3225

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