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Motherhood & Making - Being Human A Festival of Humanities

“My mother’s love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters.”- Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Honoring Our Mothers: Stories of Transformation

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This Mother’s Day, NRCDV offers another look at NRCDV Radio's 2017 Stories of Transformation mini-series,
Honoring Our Mothers.

These stories bring attention to the Word cloudmaternal caregivers of adult children exposed to domestic violence (ACE-DV) as positive influencers on the path to healing and resilience. This storytelling initiative is part of the work of NRCDV’s
ACE-DV Leadership Form, and features the voices of ACE-DV members who identify as both survivors and advocates.

Honoring Our Mothers with Olga Trujillo
Director of Education & Social Change at Latinos United for Peace & Equity (LUPE) a national initiative of Caminar Latino

Olga speaks to her complex relationship with her mother, the lessons she learned from their story of survival, and the hope, strength, and healing that was inspired by Doña Ester, a loving neighbor who she considered to be an abuela/grandmother.
Olga Trujillo“I try really hard to constantly see the good in people and in things... Because when you suffer the level of abuse that you do in a home with domestic violence, it would be easy to just focus on the negative. Doña Ester was one person in my life who really helped me without even knowing that she helped me… So I try to live my life in a way where I’m focusing on the good in the world… in the way that I try to treat other people and the kind of person that I try to be everyday. And that is how I honor her.”
Listen to Olga's Story
Honoring Our Mothers with Jonathan Yglesias
Policy Director at the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance

Jonathan describes the strengths and survival strategies that his mother utilized to bring joy and wonder to the lives of her children by nurturing an appreciation in the beauty of the ordinary and instilling practices of mindfulness. Jonathan shares his appreciation for his mother’s straightforward honesty and positive mindset.

Johnathan Yglesias“Through having us notice our surroundings, and having us carry ourselves on trails through the forest, and be together, and laugh together, and maybe even sing the same song – those things grounded us in our bodies and connected us to each other and made us feel like we had people when maybe other parts of our life were a little bit chaotic… She was bringing wholeness to us that I think maybe she recognized we weren’t getting from other places.”
Listen to Jonathan's Story
Honoring Our Mothers with Annika Leonard
Founder of Priceless Incite

Annika talks about her mother’s grace and forgiveness and how she aspires to embody those qualities on her own path of survival and healing. She reflects on the ways in which her mother nurtured her family and community in the face of hardship and taught her to show up and be present for others.

Annika Leonard“In a Christian religion, ‘faith without works is dead,’ so she really had to do some work within herself. I’m just amazed that she was able to pull love and kindness out of herself when I didn’t see that much being poured into her... That is really where my admiration comes from, because she got it from somewhere, and I don’t know where.”
Listen to Annika's Story
Honoring Our Mothers with William Kellibrew
Global advocate for human, civil, children’s and victims’ rights with The William Kellibrew Foundation

William remembers the fun and positive energy that his mother brought into his life and their home before her death when he was 10 years old. He speaks to how his mother navigated trauma while she raised 5 children on her own, reflects on the gifts that he received from his grandmother’s care and nurturance, and shares the ways in which his advocacy work today honors his mother’s life.

William Kellibrew“Giving has its rewards, in the sense that when we give, it should be unconditional. And she gave unconditionally. It cost her, and she sacrificed so much to give, and the reward that I believe she got was really about seeing people happy and seeing people enjoy life… She gave of herself that way, and that’s one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned.”
Listen to William's Story
This publication was made possible by Grant Number #90EV0428 to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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