Some of you may recognize Chicago activist and community advocate Andrew Holmes, pictured here with his granddaughter last Friday at the offices of Chicago Survivors where Mr. Holmes serves on staff. Like LCC, Chicago Survivors provides crisis/ trauma response services to families after tragedies. Specifically, Chicago Survivors offers crime victim and support services to surviving family members of Chicago homicide victims.
Mr. Holmes has consoled, supported and assisted dozens of families who have sustained tragedies and lost loved ones due to violence in the greater Chicago area. He has made numerous appearances at news conferences advocating for cooperation with law enforcement in helping to identify perpetrators. Through his work with Chicago Survivors, Mr. Holmes also accompanies and supports families through the difficult and emotionally-challenging legal process in the court system. Mr. Holmes is a local hero.
What is not well known, is that Mr. Holmes himself tragically lost a daughter to a random shooting in 2015. He knows first-hand what it’s like to survive through tragedy and loss, which undoubtedly drives his compassionate work with others similarly impacted. LCC wanted to honor Mr. Holmes for his advocacy and support of families here in Chicago by recognizing and honoring his own loss.
This past Friday, LCC’s Hearts of Mercy & Compassion ministry presented Mr. Holmes and his granddaughter with a heart and cross in remembrance of his beloved daughter, Tamara Sword. We pray that the Lord would continue to bless and inspire the work of Mr. Holmes and Chicago Survivors as they support people through some of life’s most difficult circumstances.