Join us for our monthly support group meetings the 2nd Saturday of each month.

We offer FREE Traumatic Grief Counseling via phone, Zoom and office visits.

FREE EMDR THERAPY

For more information.

Please call 817-999-7784 or email Journey4ward@yahoo.com

 

Journey 4ward reaches out to families that have experienced the most unimaginable trauma and unspeakable grief anyone could ever imagine; the death of their child or family member. We will grieve along with them because we know the pain they are experiencing. Like them we are grieving the death of our children.  We want to be supportive to families by walking through the journey with them. We will be there when families and friends stop calling as well as be support through out the court process. Journey 4ward will provide assistance with crime victims compensation as well as helping to fill out the application. We will provide resources and tips on the many issues that they will be facing.

By its very nature homicide is an unexpected, devastating and emotional occurrence. This is a traumatic event that one does not just get over in a few weeks. Survivors live with this for the rest of their lives.  The victim’s family members are not the only ones affected; this also affects extended family, friends, co-workers and others. Survivors are faced with years of pain, grief, rage, loneliness, helplessness and sometimes guilt. The struggles and frustration of navigating thru the criminal justice system is often times overwhelming and stressful to survivors.

A huge source of coping has been connecting with, learning from and finding strength in other mothers and families who have suffered a similar loss. Survivors are faced with years of pain, grief, rage, loneliness, helplessness and sometimes guilt. The  struggles and frustration of navigating thru the criminal justice system is often times overwhelming and stressful to survivors. Our goal is to help each of you make connections and find hope and healing from the experiences of others. We join others from all walks of life assuring them they need not journey alone. This is a group of sharing and a group of love and understanding. We encourage you  to feel safe and ask  questions. We will continue to evaluate and develop ways of best serving other families during the  grief process.

Journey 4ward supports and educates our communities on the impact of gun violence. It is imperative that we make changes in our laws that keep our families safe from gun violence. Educating our youth on the real life consequences and how gun violence effects families and our community. Journey 4ward hopes to encourage youth and our communities to make better choices in resolving issues without the use of guns. Our hopes are that we can encourage our community to join us in efforts that will encourage and promote change in gun laws and the use of guns in our communities. We encourage you join us in this movement and to contact us  and make a life long connection with us.

 

 

Cathy Taylor

 

My name is Cathy Taylor; I am a victim of crime due to gun violence. My son Corey Taylor ( 27 yrs old) was shot by a convicted felon, Corey died July 19th, 2013. When I was going through my journey of grief I began to notice how often our children were being lost to gun violence. I was not able to find the resources or help with my grief and the justice system was not easy to navigate/ I wanted to start a foundation where I could be of help to others grieving the loss of their children due to violence so they would not have to shuffle through the process with no assistance like my family had to.  

 

Families deserve more support through the process and Journey 4ward can provide that support to them. We can be a source of comfort, resources and support for others whom have lost their children due to violence. Being available to help them in their time of grief and to let them know they are not alone is our priority.  If you are reading this and have lost a child, the first thing I want you to know is how truly sorry I am for you. The second thing is you should know you are not alone. I know this because I am living the loss of my son Corey. Corey’s kind loving spirit and compassion for others is what inspires me to reach out to others. Corey will always be the driving force behind what I am doing and he will always be my partner/Co-Creator of this Support/Advocacy group.

 

FOUNDER

Founder/Advocate

Cathy Taylor is the Founder and Executive Director of Journey 4ward. As the Executive Director she is responsible for the overall management and direction of Journey 4ward in accordance with its vision and mission. She has worked in Executive office roles, including Project Management roles for over 30 years.

 

Cathy Taylor is a lifelong resident of the DFW area and mother of 3 as well as Mimi (Grandmother) to 5.

After losing her son to gun violence in 2013 she found herself advocating and supporting other families that had lost loved ones to gun violence. She spends many hours speaking, supporting others who have lost loved ones to gun violence and advocating for common sense gun laws.

 

Cathy is a supporter and volunteer with Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, Planned Parenthood of North Texas, Moms Demand Action, Life Gift and Bridges to Life.

As a part of her healing process she has authored and published a book “Real Grief: My Journey of Loss to Healing”.

Chief Financial Officer

Charles serves as Journey 4wards Chief Financial Officer and has extensive experience in a wide range of leadership, management and advisory positions. In the role of Chief Financial Officer, he provides executives with timely and accurate financial statements, ongoing cash flow projections, oversight over accounting and finance operations.

 

Charles received his Associates in Applied Science and has served as a paramedic, firefighter and engineer driver with the City of Dallas Fire Department for over 30 years. Charles has a strong background of protecting lives and property through his dedicated service.

 

Charles has volunteered in numerous youth organization programs coaching football, basketball, track, and baseball. Charles is a lifelong resident of Texas and the father of 3 children and Papaw to 5 grandchildren. Because of the personal loss of his son Corey to gun violence he brings to Journey 4ward the understanding and compassion to help others along their journey of grief.

Director of Counseling & Education
Board Member

Sherri Mata is a full-time faculty member at Tarrant County College and Tarleton State University, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and serves as the Director of Counseling & Educational Outreach for Journey4ward.

 

Sherri has a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in professional counseling, and is working towards a doctorate in clinical psychology that leads to licensure as a psychologist in the state of Texas. 

 

As an instructor, Sherri teaches general psychology, psychology of adjustment, lifespan/human growth and development, educational psychology & APA writing. As a counselor, Sherri has worked with the felony population, victim population, and college student population. As a director of counseling and education, Sherri advocates for a community of non-violence working with city officials, local independent school districts, and various coalitions representing the Victim’s Coalition and the Criminal Justice System.

 

Sherri’s current research includes assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for victims of violent crimes as well as a disorder that is being researched and considered for the next edition of the American Psychiatric Associations Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Desired (Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder).

Director of Community Relations
Board Member

Sed Lacy received his Bachelors of Science in Business Psychology from Texas Wesleyan University and has held career advising positions for students at Texas Wesleyan University. Sed’s certifications include Job Coach/Job Skills Trainer, Job Placement Specialist, Support Employment Specialist, and Community Rehabilitation Program Director Certification for the Department of Disability and Addictions Rehabilitation. Sed works with Tarrant County College teaching court ordered parenting classes for Lee’s Counseling Services as well as other technical courses.

 

Sed is a Leadership Counselor for the City of Fort Worth’s Rising Stars Leadership program and a soft skills instructor/coordinator for the City of Fort Worth’s Adult Education programs. Sed is currently a CRP Director, Nurturing Skills Trainer, and a Job Coach for Creative Achievements Job placements and Support Employment program. These positions allow Sed to work with youth and with individuals with disabilities. He has/is volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club and various community centers in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sed Lacy currently holds the Director of Community Relations position with Journey 4ward. With the skills he has and the work that he does in the community, he makes a great Director of Community Relations for Journey 4ward.

Traumatic Grief Counselor

Sarai earned her Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed counselor in the state of Texas. Sarai has worked with trauma counseling organizations and in the University setting as a professional counselor. She is a specialist in trauma recovery and relational repair therapy and she is fluent in Spanish and English, and is Gottman Level 1 & EMDR trained. Sarai served honorably for 12 years in the United States Army performing crisis intervention and counseling, as well as conducting numerous workshops, and retreats world-wide.  Journey 4ward is excited to have Saria counseling and serving our victims.  

Community Educator
Board Member

Steven Buster is a full-time administrative office assistant with the Academic Outreach & Student Services team, a division of TCC Connect Campus and serves as a Community Educator for Journey 4ward.  He has worked in multiple roles with TCCD for the past 6 years, and, including his 2-year tenure with the Marketing and Public Relations sector with DCCCD, has served a total of 8 years in higher education.

He is also a two-timed published author of the books entitled, Product of the Storm, and A Pale Face for a Collar: Testimonials of an Office Rat.  He is also the author at TheStormyPoet.com, a platform where Steven strives to utilize the power of the language arts to empower the hearts and minds of the community. 

In addition, he engages in community initiatives, as an anti-racism strategist, an independent news provider, a pro-literacy advocate, an advocate for non-violence, a relationship strategist, and a lifestyle guidance blogger.  Steven’s compassion for all of these issues helps with communicating with the youth in Journey 4ward’s youth programs. His ability to bring about conversation with the youth is awesome and Journey 4ward is lucky to have him as a volunteer Educator.

BOARD MEMBER

Pennie Clayton is a graduate from Texas Wesleyan University with a B.S. in Psychology. Pennie Clayton has worked at United Way of Tarrant County with the VITA Program since 2011 and has also worked with Catholic Charities in Tarrant County since 2015.  Pennie manages the IRS grant that supports the four VITA partner agencies: Catholic Charities Fort Worth, Foundations Communities Arlington, City of Fort Worth, and City of Arlington that manage VITA site operations for Tarrant County. She is a member of the United Way of Tarrant County Leadership Team, Prosperity Now Volunteer Management Group, Tax Time Financial Capability Working, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau VITA Savings Cohort for working families.  She also participated in the 2018 National Prosperity Now Summit Conference held in Washington DC VITACon. When she is not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her son, daughter, and four grandchildren. She enjoys playing the piano and cello, watching stupid movies, forensic science and loves history. She would love to meet Mya Angelou, Albert Einstein and would also love to cook with Snoop Dog & Martha. Pennie would also love to  have a conversation with former President Barack Obama on African American history. We are excited to have Pennie be a part of Journey 4ward.

BOARD MEMBER

Kimberly Hart BSN, RN, FCN. Kim Hart is a Registered Nurse in Fort Worth, Texas.  She received her Associates in Nursing from TCC and her BSN from UTA.  Kim also holds a bachelor’s in business administration and obtained her alternative teaching certificate through TMATE.  She has worked for FWISD as a special education teacher and is currently working as a palliative care nurse at Texas Health Resources. She is an active member of Westside Unitarian Universalist church in Fort Worth and currently serves as a Faith Community Nurse for the congregation. She has worked with various community groups working to change gun legislation and is active with Compassionate DFW.  She has planned and promoted events to bring awareness to violence prevention and connects members of the community with the community outreach resources of Texas Health Resources. 

Kim is passionate about making the world a more peaceful and compassionate place where violence cannot thrive.  Her passion for helping to create safer communities and to help victims of violence heal is what brought her to Journey4ward and we are pleased to have her as a board member.

BOARD MEMBER

An advocate of higher learning, Tonya holds 5 degrees, including a Doctorate of Religious Philosophy in Pastoral Psychology as well as Certificates of Completion in several specialty areas: Suicide Prevention, Grief, Trauma, & Crisis Counseling, Marriage Therapy, and Chaplaincy. With 30 years of professional experience in the grief and death care industry as a Mortician, Hospice Social Worker, Bereavement Coordinator, & Mortuary College Instructor, Tonya now provides training and personal development services such as counseling, coaching, seminars, & workshops.

Tonya travels extensively speaking in corporate America & faith-based settings concerning grief, loss & life transitions, teaching others to do their grief-work which fosters healing. She is the renowned author of the book, “I Got My Marbles Back”, in which she unapologetically shares her incredible story of surviving domestic violence, death loss, divorce, and depression to promote healing. Because of the powerful impact the book has made on hundreds of people, she is now known as “The Marble Lady and The Grief Doctor”. Tonya is the mother of Chelsea, who is in heaven, adopted son, D’Anthony and the proud Dog Mom of Mister Cunningham, her Westie. Tonya brings a wealth of knowledge in several fields that she can contribute to Journey4wards families. We are pleased that she has extended her services to Journey4ward as a Board Member.