Loving Hands Community Care, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides support and aid to grieving families who have lost their children to gang violence and trauma in the Los Angeles area. I started the organization in 2008 after I lost two of my sons to gang violence. Since then, I have turned my grief into action by developing several programs that support this community.
Kathy Wooten, Founder
Ms. Wooten is a life-long resident of Watts. Married for 25 years to Patrick Wooten, she is the mother of 6 children: Branden, Kejuan, Ricky, Tarrence, Patrick and Bridgette; and 14 grandkids. In 2008, two of Kathy’s sons were killed as the result of gang violence, she turned her grief into action and healing, sparking a commitment to serving other mothers and families whose loved ones have experienced the death of a child or sibling. She is invested in gang prevention and intervention throughout Watts and currently works as a victim’s advocate for the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction Youth Development (GRYD) program and Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA).
Eager to initiate efforts on her own and honor the memory of her sons Branden and Kejuan Bullard, in 2008 Ms. Wooten founded the Bullard Foundation, which is now known as Loving Hands Community Care (LHCC). The mission of Loving Hands is to engage all people from all communities to bridge the gap between fear and forgiveness. We do this by developing relationships that open the lines of communication to address grief, create safety, and bring us all together. Kathy’s work includes serving as the hostess of the annual, community-wide Mother’s Day Brunch Celebration, along with year-round programming that focuses on the surviving family members of murder victims – specifically the children and siblings impacted by the death. The goal of this programming is to remind the children and families that the community, as a whole, cares for them and is there to provide support. As the grief and healing process of siblings is often overlooked, Loving Hands provides year‐round programs focused
on their needs and well‐being.
Ms. Wooten is committed to collaboration with other organizations, leaders and thought partners not only throughout Los Angeles, but across the country. She is proud to be an inaugural cohort member of the UCLA Watts Leadership Institute, a capacity-building and sustainability initiative for the leaders in Watts, California.