An Unlikely Friendship Leads To A New Chapter For The Band ‘A Mother’s Love’
MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – You might recognize the pink sweatshirts at crime scenes, but while “A Mother’s Love” comforts families hurt by violence. The real mission is to prevent violence. A team of women does this by teaching things like parenting skills, finding a job, finances, how to survive trauma and more. They empower women.
“You save a mother, you save a child,” said Lisa Clemons, CEO of A Mother’s Love. “You save a father, you save a family. You save a family, you save a community. We have to start with the mothers.”
The women leading A Mother’s Love had been doing their outreach work in various places since 2018. Sometimes even working from their cars, but Clemons had a dream to change that and started fundraising to buy a house for AML .
But her dream was about to come true much faster than she had expected and in a very unexpected way: golf.
“She said I’d like to talk to you about bringing mothers and daughters, especially African American mothers and daughters, into the golf arena,” Clemons said.
From there, an amazing and unlikely friendship emerged. For a year, these two met for lunch to chat and talk about a mother’s love. Sometimes Andrea brought her husband Dan with her. Then, one day, Andrea and Dan brought Lisa to tears by offering to buy A Mother’s Love the house Clemons had dreamed of.
Clemons said, “I cried like a baby. You know what I did. And I was in disbelief.”
Since Andrea’s maiden name came up when she called Lisa all the time, she had no idea her friends were “the Luthers” from Rudy Luther car dealerships.
“He said ‘Luther,’ I said the car dealership? I said, ‘You’re a Luther? And he said yes,” Clemons recalled with a laugh.
Clemons said she was glad they were friends before she knew they had the dealers. She thinks it makes the friendship more genuine and their partnership comes from the heart.
“What I love about her is that there’s so much division there and in so many ways,” Andrea Luther said. “I just feel like every word that comes out of Lisa’s mouth is meant to bring people together, no matter where they’re from.”
The Luthers say they are “investing” in A Mother’s Love’s mission to help mothers find a better life for themselves and their children.
“Lisa just had this strong, really reasonable voice within her community and I loved what she was doing,” Andrea Luther said.
The search for a house took over a year, but they finally found the perfect place. The walls will be filled with photos of important women in history. The space will be welcoming and safe. It will serve as a resource center for jobs, employment, housing, trauma relief and more; all under one roof.
When closing the house, Clemons told the Luthers, “I could say thank you a million times over and it wouldn’t be enough to know that someone invested in our dream to help change the stories of families.”
The Luthers replied, “We love Minneapolis and we want to see the North Side of Minneapolis feel safe, at home and full of opportunity and we hope we can play a small part in helping you do what you do.”
But there was another partner to this dream. Realtor Jay Ettinger donated his commission from the sale of the house to A Mother’s Love. When asked if he believed in his mission, Ettinger replied, “One hundred percent. He’s my hero.”
It’s the story of one woman’s love for community, passion to help others, and determination that change can happen when we work together.
“I just hope some people are listening,” Dan Luther told Lisa Clemons. “Your voice is a gift. You can’t save them all, but if you can save a few, maybe the tide will turn.”
Everyone agrees, the partnerships don’t stop there. There is a lot of work to do. To learn more about A Mother’s Love or to donate, you can visit their website.