Jamar’s Place of Peace (aka JPOP) inner city street-level work supports all efforts working toward housing, food, and many other essential resources to eliminate gun violence and its emotional wounds on families. The founder Wynona Hawkins-Harper created JPOP, a 501(c)(3) organization in 2013 after the horrific act of gun violence against her son Jamar Hawkins in Penn Hills, PA. Wynona decided to channel the grief to support those in need after tragedy and what might seem like a hopeless situation.

JPOP is committed to being one road toward a solution to the fight against gun violence in our communities.  We believe in grassroots plans, partnering with businesses, charitable organizations, community churches, and state and local governing bodies working together with one goal in mind, “Stopping Gun Violence.” We want to re-direct their choices of using gun violence as a solution, and show them WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER!


Jamar’s Place of Peace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to bring awareness and resources to the community to assist in the prevention, intervention, and healing of gun violence.


Our vision is to provide essential resources and grief support for families to heal from the emotional scars to build a stronger family and ultimately, a stronger community.

Jamar Place of Peace Board Members


CEO & President

Sharon Burrell

1st Vice Chair

Stephen Photoulos


Mary Stagger


Shakita Mangham-Smith

Voting Board Member

The Family Impacted by Gun Violence