Mattie Spencer-Henry 2020

    Mattie Spencer-Henry lived with a terrible secret for 38 years.  As a child, she was abused by an adult and told that if she ever told anyone, her life and her family’s lives would be in jeopardy.  In spite of the never-ending memory and terror, Mattie grew up to have 5 children and 13 grandchildren.  With guts and determination, she is taking control of her life and receiving a stipend from the Bettie Brand Fund so that she can get her long desired nursing degree.  She writes, “I want to show my kids and grandkids that it doesn’t matter how old you are when you go back to school to get your degree as long as you have the motivation, desire, determination, discipline focus and passion.  All of these qualities I have.”  We know her family is proud of Mattie.


The purpose of the fund is to “Provide women in need with a hand up, not a hand out, so they may live with dignity and independence”.  



The Bettie Brand Mothers’ Empowerment Fund, Inc., a 501(c)3, does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by the law in any of its activities or operations.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, including but not limited to, our employees, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and community partners

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