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The McClain Foundation Donate Now Oronde McClain Foundation
accommodation for children
that receiving medical care
due to Gun Violence
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Oronde McClain Foundation provides accommodation for children who are receiving medical care due to Gun Violence and suffering from mental illness and PTSD.
Oronde McClain Foundation brings thoughtfulness and empathy from the past to create Strength and Unity in our community to make our past and future count.
Oronde McClain Foundation's vision is to continue to engage, strengthen victims to become survivors and not voiceless.

About Oronde

Hello, my name is Oronde McClain. I am a native of  Philadelphia who devoted his life to optimizing the quality of life for the mentally disabled and victims of gun violence. I have initiated peaceful protests and hosted many events to give back to our community. My focus is to tell my story and the effects of gun violence on young children and their struggles like I had to experience my whole life.

Shot in the head at 10 in Philly, he’s now a VA psych tech and an antiviolence activist

Shot in the head when he was just 10, this Philly activist has dedicated his life to anti-violence work. “I teach victims how to be survivors,” Oronde McClain said.
The article about this man is so touching. He is an inspiration to anyone with a heart and seeing him with his sons is the biggest gift he has as they obviously love him. Anyone who has suffered greatly can identify with this mans strength and although his story is a quietly humble journey — well a lot of us needed to read about it. It should not have happened but because it did his life was never as it might have been. However what we are left with is a strong man of conviction. He has gifted us his amazing tenacity. It's easy to be great when your odds are for you. He is great because the odds were against him from boyhood. Please let him know I felt honored to read his story. His boys are his wealth.

Sandra Hunter Langhorne PA

Dear Ms. Farr, My name is Carol L Smith and I just wanted you to know how beautiful the article was re: Orondo McClain and what an amazing and incredible man he is. The reason I am writing this is to pass this on/ and or check it out. I was raped, stabbed and left for dead in 1989. And, yes, PTSD made me a prisoner - I wouldn't drive to the mall and my life closed in. I was so fortunate to have a phenomenal therapist. When I would get in my car it would play over and over in my head, as if it was still occurring. At that time, there was a PTSD program at the old MCP hospital. It was started by Dr. Edna Foa, and it allowed me to go on with my life. It gave me quality in my life. Anyway, I had read awhile ago that the program was transferred to the VA hospital to provide treatment for the Veterans. I can't imagine them closing the program, because it was so successful. Sorry I went on and on (I tend to do that). He is working in the hospital that was provided the treatment. Please pass it on - it gave me my life back. PTSD is so insidious, that when I got robbed the feelings returned and I immediately contacted my therapist. Today I am fine, so there is hope.

Carol L Smith

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PTSD Won't Define Me

Written by gun-violence survivor, psych tech and life-changing activist, Oronde McClain, "PTSD Won't Define" me dives into the struggle of post-traumatic stress disorder, how it has affected his life, his struggle to overcome as well as the many coping skills he acquired and used to begin living a life that he now dedicates to changing the lives of others. Through this book, McClain will share his various coping skills as well as his story with the ultimate goal of helping individuals who also struggle with PTSD and other traumas. Post-traumatic stress disorder is known to affect military vets after being at war, but the reality is that anyone who has experienced severe trauma can be afflicted by it. I went from being the cool kid who had everything, the top of my class with lots of friends, to the weird kid who was pointed to and laughed at - an outsider. All the pain I felt inside, the internal chaos and nightmares led me to attempting suicide more than 20 times because I felt that would be the only way for me to feel peace.

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Oronde McClain Story

Meet Oronde McClain, a Philadelphia native who devoted his life to optimizing the quality of life for the mentally disabled and victims of gun violence.