Breaking Chains Foundation & ministry was set up by Salem, Massachusetts resident Pastor Dr. Joan Rathe in 2002. A professional teacher, Christian songwriter, Performer, and Mother inspired to create and integrate a more cohesive system servicing those in need of assistance and support under the guidelines of Breaking Chains Mission Statement.
Breaking Chains was born March 30, 2002 as a memorial to Joan's daughter Melanie Rachelle Thompson who was a homicide victim of a known drug dealer. Melanie was a young woman who suffered most of her life from Post Traumatic Syndrome, addictions, depression, abuse, rape, and in the end a Victim of a Drug dealer, which ended her young life.
In December 2004 Melanie's older sister Lauren Figueroa was added to this Memorial.
Lauren was an RN and had been working with street addicts. Contacting Hepatitis C she lost her life tragically in December of 2004.
Lauren contributed actively to Melanie's foundation offering her Nursing skills to those in need. Through the establishment of this new facility and promoting with success changes in the legal system for severe sentencing for drug dealers,Breaking Chains will perhaps prevent another fatality of a life, and another family unspeakable grief.
In my quest to reach out to others that have gone through the painful loss of a loved one, my eyes and heart have been opened to the importance of other causes. Two of these that have been strongly shared have been Domestic Violence and Bullying. Anyone interested in doing a banner or link exchange please do so or contact me. There are highlighted/banner links throughout this site for viewing.