Rosilyn Temple became an activist for nonviolence in Kansas City after she found her 26-year-old son Antonio Thomas murdered in his apartment in 2011. Rosilyn never thought that one day she would wake up having to bury her own child. After the death of her son, Rosilyn knew that her life would be forever changed. Through her grief, she knew that there would have to be a place in this world where she could stand in the gap for her child. She prayed that her son’s death would not be in vain. Taking a step of faith, Rosilyn left her job as a machinist and began volunteering for the local anti-violence organization, Ad Hoc Group Against Crime. During this time, she also became a case manager for Veronica’s Voice, a Kansas City agency that serves victims of commercial sexual exploitation, and began managing its 24-hour hotline. In early 2012, Rosilyn discovered Mothers in Charge, Inc., founded in Philadelphia in 2003 by a group of mothers who all lost children to homicide. Rosilyn immediately contacted the executive director, Dorothy Johnson-Speight, MHS, LPC, who guided Rosilyn through the process of building a Kansas City chapter. By the end of the year, while still working full-time as a social service case manager, Rosilyn had successfully laid the groundwork for the Kansas City chapter known as “KC Mothers in Charge.” In July 2014, Rosilyn became the executive director of KC Mothers in Charge and received a full-time paid position with funding through the Kansas City Missouri Police Department and Kansas City No Violence Alliance. The funding resulted from Rosilyn’s tireless dedication and the impact she was already having at homicide scenes in comforting family, calming onlookers, supporting police by explaining procedures and helping police canvass neighborhoods after crimes. Over the past four and half years, Rosilyn has visited approximately 400 homicide scenes. While police are securing the scene for proper investigation, Rosilyn provides compassion, care, and trauma informed crisis counseling to family members. As a mother who has been through the pain having her child stolen, she understands the incredible importance of peer-support to families during their darkest moment. Families receive referrals to financial, legal, substance abuse, employment, and medical professionals. Rosilyn has also led volunteer groups to conduct community vigils in remembrance of fallen loved ones and canvass neighborhoods after crimes to distribute gun-safety locks and encourage residents to tell what they knew. She has encouraged dozens of fellow mothers to join KC Mothers in Charge and take a stand for non-violence. Rosilyn has literally educated and inspired thousands of Kansas Citians through many press conferences and presentations to media and churches, schools and prisons. She has touched the lives of hundreds of at-risk students and youth, inmates, ex-offenders and parolees. She also serves on the Kansas City Mayor’s Anti-Violence Task Force and was honored as, among other things, 2015 Citizen of the Year by The Kansas City Star and was the recipient of the 2015 KC Division FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. Kansas City’s law enforcement leaders recognize Rosilyn’s contributions. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker says that “Rosilyn is a great partner in this community. I am grateful for her and Mothers in Charge. I have confidence in her ability to give comfort and aid.” KCPD Chief Forte says that “when she pulls up, you can tell that’s she’s ready to go. I would do anything in the world to help her because she is real.” Temple has completed the two-day training provided by the Office for Victims of Crime, Training and Technical Assistance Center, the six-hour trauma-informed training at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, the six-hour training provided by Missouri Substance Abuse Professional Credentialing Board, and the 32 hour Moving On evidence-based prison curriculum training for at-risk women.