Survivors Empowered


We are your soft place to land after your life has been forever changed by violence. 

Our mission at SURVIVORS EMPOWERED is to empower survivors of violence to use their stories to create a reduction in violence that we all desire.

Survivors Empowered is an organization founded by Sandy and Lonnie Phillips after the slaughter of their daughter, Jessica Redfield Ghawi and eleven others in the Aurora Colorado Theater Mass Shooting in 2012.  Their original non-profit, Jessi‚Äôs Message, has grown into Survivors Empowered - a national organization created By Survivors, For Survivors, Empowering Survivors.

We provide support and referrals for services to survivors of violence, and connect you to a support network of other survivors in your area. 

We train survivors how to tell their stories in a compelling way to speak to the issue of violence in their communities. 

Our Oral History Film project allows wounded gun violence survivors to archive their stories for research purposes.

Our Rapid Response Team is made up of veteran survivors of violence that have walked the walk.  After a mass casualty event, local governments and law enforcement are overwhelmed.  Victims are in total shock or fighting for their lives. No one understands what the victims need better than those of us who have gone through it.

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
— maya angelou

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