Who We Are
The Chester Community Coalition started when volunteers from Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence noticed the heavy burden of grief carried by Chester residents impacted by gun violence at the t-shirt demonstrations they organized. Sr. Jean Rupertus, of The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia learned of a grant from Catholic Health Initiatives (now CommonSpirit Health) focused on violence prevention.
Through the Sisters, a group of volunteers, including cofounder and current Advisory Board member, Frances Stier, applied for, and received funding to provide trauma-informed counseling to children and parents who had lost a loved one to violence.
Additional funding from Congregation Ohev Shalom, The Foundation for Delaware County, The Community’s Foundation, and Swarthmore Presbyterian Church allowed us to add groups for teens, an art group for children 4 to 7 and a support group for people healing from violent assault and their caregivers. More recent funders include the Sisters of St. Francis Mission and Ministry Fund, the Scattergood Foundation, and the Green Family Foundation, who have helped us expand to hospital-linked violence interruption and strengthen our outreach capacity.
With a commitment to client-centered care and community-informed decision making, Chester Community Coalition continues to provide trauma-informed therapy, case management, and training services through a diverse, culturally competent, well-trained, and dedicated team.
Dr. Erika Dawkins, PsyD, MEd
Shakyra Morales, LMSW
Alex Johnson, MA, ATR-BC, LPC
Susanne Cianfaro, LSW
Imam Haneef Mahdi
CCC Board Chair
The Islamic Center of Chester, Inc. Masjid Mustaqueem
CCC Board Vice Chair
Chester Workforce Development Center
Rev. Ronald Hughes
City of Chester Police Chaplain
Camp Encouragement, The Trippley Foundation
Cornelius C. O'Brien, III, Esq.
Counsel to The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
Dr. Bridgette Montgomery DSW, MSW, LCSW, MSNPN, CSOTC, TMH
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Nationally Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist
Community Volunteers in Medicine
Kathleen McCabe OSF, M.S.
Sister of St. Francis
Ofc. Terrence Taylor
Captain Matthew Goldschmidt
Mrs. Janet Brown
Clerk, Shiloh Baptist Church
Sr. Marijane Hresko
Lashira Council, CAADC, LPC