1000 Mothers
To Prevent Violence

1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence is a grassroots nonprofit organization
devoted to serving families who have been directly impacted by violence.


about us

1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence


1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence eases the detrimental & traumatic impact of violence on homicide & violent crime victim-survivors. Family-focused continuum of care provides mental health & grief support, groceries, home decor, outreach, networking & advocacy.

In a response to her tragedy of losing both twin sons to gun violence and as a mechanism to foster change, Lorrain Taylor formed 24/7 Gospel in 2004, a faith-based agency assisting grieving families with daily needs such as delivering donated groceries, cleaning and cooking – all of which she did herself. In 2006, the organization’s name was changed to "1,000 Mothers to Prevent Violence" and received its 501 (c)(3) status.

To date, the organization has served more than 500 families throughout the greater S.F. bay area(Oakland, Antioch, Fremont, San Francisco, Sacramento, Stockton, Richmond, Berkeley, Hayward) and beyond.&With the help of seven volunteers, 1K MPV serves approximately 50 victim-survivor families each month dealing with grief-related illnesses by way of legal referral services, peer and grief support groups, delivering groceries, networking & and advocacy.

Information & Referral Service

In 2008, 1K MPV referred more than 150 families or individuals to homeless shelters and motels that offered free or reduced rates. We provide legal referrals to help families obtain funding that may be available through local or state agencies. A local attorney also provides four hours of pro-bono work per week to help in our efforts. 1K MPV also makes available educational referrals through the United College Action Network (UCAN-TO).

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COPE Grief Support & Education

Join COPE EVERY 2nd Saturday of the Month 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. @  Market St. SDA Church  - 900 34th St. - Oakland, CA

Dinner Served. All Welcome - Call 510-581-0100

Circle of Prayer + Empowerment (CoPE) is an inter-faith group designed to help families and friends of homicide victims recover from the depression and illness associated with their tragic loss. The group meet every 2nd Saturdays of the month and is facilitated by Lorrain Taylor, a volunteer social worker and victims-survivor. The group averages between 8-12 participants who meet in West Oakland. The two-hour session offers an arena for sharing experiences. Participants are asked to maintain confidentiality and to be sensitive to those who manifest their grief in different ways. Individual professional help is available. A licensed psychologist or LCSW is available for one on one therapy upon request.read more


1K MPV participates in several events throughout the Bay Area that advocate for violence prevention policies and strategies within communities. Our grassroots efforts push for common sense gun laws to reduce violence in Bay Area neighborhoods. Collaboration with the Legal Community Against Violence (LCAV) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) provides legal expertise and support to 1K MPV to help spearhead initiatives for stronger gun policies in Alameda County.

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Project SAFE: A Food Program

For individual who are suffering depression, loss of appetite is very common. A basic necessity like food is often forgotten and often leads to other debilitating habits. In 2006-07 1K MPV served over 150 families who were unemployed and/or could not afford the cost of food. Volunteers make deliveries to families who lost a close relative to violence.

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other programs

1000 Mothers                              3k Walk 4 Healing
May 13, 2017 @  San Leandro Marina Park 9am - 2pm

Click Here to Pre-register for Walk

"Grief is crippling, walking helps ease the pain" Walk (at your own pace) is an opportunity for the entire family and friends of the community to raise awareness to the pain and suffering of homicide victim-survivors. The Mourning Mothers Walk will feature a walk and a call for action by the community to acknowledge the detrimental impact of violence on victim-survivors. There will entertainment following the 3K+ walk around the marina. . Walk a mile, walk two or walk three+ miles and join us for a cook-out in the park after the walk.  Gospel singer, Lorrain Taylor will sing "Take a Stand" a song she wrote in memory of her twin sons who were victims of gun violence. Special guest entertainment by Juan Escovedo, FLO, Tony Lindsay, Bill Ortiz, S.F. band - Ramoque. Suggested Donation $10 per mile. T-Shirts $10 donation.

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PURPLE Gala - December 8, 2017

SAVE THE DATE!  December 8, 2017 - 5:30p - 8:30p at St. Columba Catholic Church Hall - 6401 San Pablo Ave. Oakland, CA

(Prayer+ Unity +Restoration+Love+Empowerment)

The PURPLE Gala fundraiser serves as an opportunity for donors to meet the individuals and families that their contributions are directly affecting. The PURPLE Gala is also used as a tool to bring awareness to the public at large of the increasing rate of homicides in Oakland.

The PURPLE Gala features a complimentary dinner for victim-survivors (general public ticket donation $50.00, entertainment and a Tree of Remembrance (Please bring photo of loved one). Recognition, Awards & Commendations will be presented to: "Survivor of the Year",  "Law Enforcement Officer of the Year",  "Pastor of the Year",  "Volunteer of the Year".

Sponsorship Opportunities Available: Call 510-581-0100 or Email: mothers1000@aol.com


1000 Mothers Mission House Project

Provide groceries, bedding, home decor, small appliances and shoes to the ill, elderly, homeless and grieving families. We know that there are a multitude of issues facing survivors of victims of violence that diminish the quality of life lived prior to the event. This project aims to alleviate some of these hardships by connecting families with community-based services to meet their needs.

Provide groceries, bedding, home decor, small appliances and shoes to the ill, elderly, homeless and grieving families. We know that there are a multitude of issues facing survivors of victims of violence that diminish the quality of life lived prior to the event. This project aims to alleviate some of these hardships by connecting families with community-based services to meet their needs.

Years in Operation


Families Served

In The News

Here's just a few of the notable places we've been honored.

Bay Area

Lorrain Taylor smiled a toothy grin and was warmly welcomed by customers and employees as she entered a popular barbecue restaurant just off Oakland's waterfront for a lunch meeting last week...

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Police Department

This morning, Police Chief Howard Jordan, Mayor Jean Quan, City Administrator Deanna Santana, Council Member Pat Kernighan, Council Member Noel Gallo and Mrs. Lorrain Taylor, who heads “1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence,” stood together against this recent spate of violence...

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It's been nearly seven years since her twin sons were killed, but Lorrain Taylor still can't look at pictures of them without crying. Albade and Obadiah Taylor, 22, were shot on Feb. 8, 2000, as they worked on Obadiah's stalled Cadillac on a busy street in East Oakland' s Dimond district.The pain remains fresh for Taylor. And she has found that the most effective way to deal with her own numbing grief is to help others cope with similar losses...

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Bay Area

Former A’s pitcher Dave Stewart and former Giants manager Dusty Baker will be guest speakers at a Dec. 12 fundraiser to benefit an Oakland non-profit "1,000 Mothers To Prevent Violence,” a group that assists grieving families with basic needs such as grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking and grief support...

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Please make a "free will" donation. Any amount will HELP!





Lorrain Franklin-Taylor, a native of Centreville, Miss. who grew up in a family of nine children, is the remarkable founder and chief operating officer of 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, a non-profit organization based in Hayward, California.

Lorrain, 58, lost both her 22-year-old twin sons, Albade and Obadiah Taylor, to gun violence while they were working on their car in Oakland in February of 2000. After years of devastation and sorrow, Lorrain turned her greatest nightmare into a positive endeavor which has helped hundreds of grieving parents and families who have lost a love one to violence in the Bay Area.

A former social worker, Lorrain was forced to resign her job in 2001 and enter long-term disability due to grief related illnesses for five years. In 2006, she began reaching out to homicide victim survivors throughout the Bay Area and Northern California—those who, like her, had experienced extreme trauma from a lost one. Realizing there were limited services for such survivors, she founded 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

The organization’s mission is to ease the detrimental impact of violence on homicide victim survivors by providing ongoing compassionate support and services. Among the services are COPE, a grief support and prayer group, 1000 Mothers Mission House Project providing groceries, home decor and small appliances to the ill, elderly and survivors.” In addition, 1000 Mothers provides advocacy throughout the Bay Area for violence prevention policies and strategies within communities in collaboration with the Legal Community Against Violence (LCAV) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Her organization also stage events such as The Mourning Mothers Walk for Healing and the PURPLE GALA, which brings survivors and law enforcement together for an evening of healing.

A high-spirited gospel singer, songwriter and recording artist, Lorrain has written more than 25 songs and has recorded two albums, “Gumbo for My Soul” and “Another Day’s Journey.” Her song, “It’s Time to Take a Stand,” in memory of her beloved twins, was included on the Million Mom March compilation CD with icons Emmylou Harris, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin and Melissa Etheridge. She has also sung the national anthem before a San Francisco Giants’ game at AT&T Park.

An honor student in Mississippi, Lorrain graduated from high school at age 17, and migrated to San Francisco where she met her ex-husband Gregory Taylor, Sr. They had three children together. Their one living son, Gregory Taylor, Jr., is a gifted entrepreneur.

A world renown public speaker, community activist and organizer, Lorrain has received many awards and honors. In 2000, she was the keynote speaker and leader of the Million Mom March in Oakland which drew over 7,000 marchers on a rainy day. Additionally, she has been the recipient of the Bay Area Jefferson Award and a National Jefferson Award nominee  a Distinguished Leadership Award by Legal Community Against Violence, the Comcast Bay Area News Group Hometown Hero Award, Special Feature: Nonprofit Leader by CompassPoint, Special Profile Feature: Chronicle (“Grieving Mom’s Mission of Mercy” Special Profile 2006) and (Grieving Mother Helps Homicide Victims" 2013), featured on  MSNBC (Ending California's Death Penalty), the University of San Francisco’s Everyday Hero Award.  In 2014, Lorrain became the first-ever recipient of The Oakland A’s Bullpen Relief Award, a donation given by all the baseball team’s relief pitchers. She was also an honoree on Ebony Magazine’s annual Power 100  list, which salutes the most influential African-Americans of 2013. On Christmas Day, 2014, Lorrain was profiled in the Associated Press. In 2015 -16, she received ABC7 Profile of Excellence Award, the Pax Christi Peacemaker's Award,  featured on NBC Bay Area Investigates, Sky News Special Report, FOX News, the National Catholic Reporter and numerous print median throughout the world.

In addition to overseeing the operations of 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, she is organizer and chairperson of the Oakland Police Department Community Advisory Counsel. A recent graduate of Leadership Hayward, she earned her master and bachelor degrees from the University of San Francisco, her Nonprofit Management Certification from San Jose State University,  a Master of Social Work (candidate) and a Doctor of Ministry (ATS).  Her immediate goal for 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence is to develop a “One Stop Shop” Trauma Recovery Center for victim survivors in the City of Oakland which will be free of charge to families impacted by gun violence.


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