Circle Keeper

Boston, MA

Clarissa Turner comes to OurRJ with significant experience in working with families during important transitions in their lives. Clarissa has worked as a doula at Boston Medical Center, a counselor at A Woman’s Concern, a parent educator and counselor at St. Mary’s Home/Shelter, and a family partner and counselor at Children Services of Roxbury. Her own personal tragedy, the loss of her son to violence in 2011, has given her both a special perspective on youthful offending as well as a deep understanding of the long lasting impact of crime on communities as a whole. A mother of six, Clarissa formed "Legacy Lives On," an organization dedicated to supporting the entire community during times of loss. Clarissa has turned her heartbreak into a mission to encourage, empower, educate, and support youth who find themselves caught up in the juvenile justice system. Clarissa strives to provide youth and their affected communities a sense of understanding, resilience, compassion, and empowerment to move productively past serious trauma.