Are they ready ?


I am me.

We are we.

But they will never understand that.


I am happy.

We are grateful.

  && they are entitled.


I have my voice.

We have our march.

&& they try to destroy that.


I have my hair.

We have our music.

 && they still take that.


I walk down the street.

We play at the park.

 && they still kill us.


I am down.

We are hiding.

Will they hear us?


I need my protector.

We need our parents.

But they can’t always save us

I know what to do.

We can’t remember everything to do.

This is what our grandparents had to do.


But I will rise.

&& we will fly.

Just like our ancestors.


By: Kinnedy Braddock

Lense  of Life


Laughter carried through the wind, mesmerized by their smile

Imagination like clouds


The sun hits their backs

Strong radiance

Black joy

 Eager for love their hearts shine bright

As the petals glaze their face they touch their hearts like hugs 

Memories broadcast like cracks in their skin

Present but sometimes faded

Typically ran down but their courage speaks loud

Vision 20/20 but others see 10

Thoughts like candy

good when brought up …

but not necessarily beneficial

At the moment lifes a blur

Fast pacing

Time to grow



Mind racing through chaos with a track far ahead waiting to be caught 

Glow within the eyes have you trapped like glue

A glitch through rough phases

May the presence of them bring you happiness through your trials

Joy is just that

a feeling

Sometimes we ache for feeling wishing it could last forever

Alike adrenaline as they run

 Just like life

 We can’t stop



As infants they hold love and later carry strength

Alike a brick or stick, no matter the stance 

still capable of being broken

As you know it, life is just that

A obstacle

We can’t necessarily determine it 

But we can determine what to except

Choose you

Choose joy


By: Reina Odom

Emily Ding is a muralist who draws inspiration from flora, fauna, and human temperament. Her large-scale work is characterized by expressive animals and figures, which come to life through bold color gradients and a fluid, painterly style. Resonating deeply with the phenomena of the natural world, she aims to communicate emotions and experiences, through storytelling with wild creatures and people

Ennis Center helps children in need from birth to age 19, creating family stability and providing permanent homes. Most children we serve come from poor, at-risk backgrounds, many of them abused, neglected, abandoned, and medically and/or emotionally fragile. Some examples of the types of children and families we work with are:
Children with parents who have substance abuse problems which results in poor care for their children. Such was the case for Leo*, who along with his three siblings, was dropped of at a babysitters home by his mother. After three days without word from the mother and unable to care for the children any longer, the babysitter took the children to the local police department. Another example is baby Andy, the second child of an 18-year-old mother, he was born three months premature with a club foot and tested positive for exposure to cocaine, opiates, and alcohol at birth.
Mental illness in birth parents can also result in a parent’s inability to care for a child. Our Ennis Center team is working with five-year-old David, whose bi-polar diagnosed mother attempted suicide.
Some children, like Abe, who came to us straight from the hospital at just two-days old, have a long history of domestic violence in their home. The latest incident was two weeks before he was born when his mother was beaten nearly to death by her boyfriend, the baby’s father.
Sometimes, horrible abuse is discovered. Eight-year-old Kayla had numerous scars on her legs and behind from being whipped with extension cords, boards, and house gutters by her father, who is being criminally prosecuted.
By providing an array of support programs such as mental health, delinquency, reintegration and post-adoption services, Ennis Center addresses a child’s problems at the roots to prevent future trauma.