MotherLove Senior Gets Support for Video Project

5 Jun

As we’ve mentioned, there are eleven participants in our MotherLove program graduating from high school this week! We are very proud these young women.

teresa motherloveOne of these graduates is Teresa Allen. As a teen mother, Teresa  faced a lot of challenges to make it to graduation day. The YWCA MotherLove program provided crucial support to help her overcome those challenges. Because of this, Teresa decided that she wanted to make a video about MotherLove for her senior project, as a way of showing her appreciation of the program. Not sure where to start, she talked about her idea with Director of MotherLove Tangela Ballard Bowman, who connected her with local filmmaker Bruce Kennedy.

With Bruce’s professional, hands-on guidance, Teresa was able to create a mini-documentary for her senior project which features interviews with fellow participants as well as MotherLove supporters including Mayor Terry Bellamy and Gene Bell, CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville. According to Teresa, “making the video was a great experience. I got to learn about using a camera. And Bruce is really nice.”

Bruce has this to say about the experience, “This project has lead me to greatly admire Teresa, her supporters, and the entire MotherLove program. Overcoming obstacles is in the nature of life. Teresa has given me an object lesson on how even a young woman can achieve this difficult task while exhibiting the essence of maternal love.”

And so we present to you “MotherLove: Delivering Compassion”, co-produced by Bruce Kennedy of InnerWorks Productions* and Teresa Allen:

Congratulations Teresa! Thank you Bruce!

*Bruce Kennedy can be reached at 828.253.2954 or

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