The Gardiner Foundation,Inc., is a 501c, founded and established in 2006, by Dexter Gardiner, in memoriam of the devasting loss of six of his family members in a horrific car accident.
While recognizing the needs of other families in the community who have also suffered a sudden and tragic loss, The Gardiner Foundation, Inc., embarked on an outreach initiative that offers a variety of support to community members experiencing various social and financial needs ranging from college scholarships, computers, school supplies to burial assistance and spiritual mentoring and guidance.
The Gardiner Foundation, Inc., understands that the sudden loss of a family member is traumatic enough without lacking sufficient funds for a decent burial. To that end, in 2007, The Gardiner Foundation, Inc., raised funds for interment services for a single mother who lost five of her children in a car accident. We also facilitated the delivery of professional counseling during and after the crisis.
Dexter Gardiner formed A Memorial Basketball Tournament to remember and honor all the lives lost in his family on July 9th, 2006. We at The Gardiner Foundation, recognize the other agonizing families in our community who too have suffered the horrible tragedy of losing loved ones.
*The Gardiner Memorial Annual Basketball Tournament
*The Gardiner Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway
*”Tru Talk” young men’s Mentoring group
“Tru Talk is a young men’s mentoring group where we provide an appropriate and safe environment for youth to express their feelings and discuss life’s challenges and the issues through small group conversations and recreational trips. “Tru Talk” seeks to promote healthier communication between youth and young adults to encourage them to make better choices, which will allow them to become more productive in life. Our discussions focus on:
- Alternatives to violence, mediation and conflict resolution
- Healthy relationships
We also offer:
- Educational enrichment
- Employment & life skills training
- Referrals to services
- Alternative recreational activities to the streets