In 2008, after the funeral of her 12-year-old daughter who died from suicide, Ms. Celeste Clarke came together with Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, Pastor of The House of The Lord Church, in an effort to address the growing suicide problem.
With the high rates of suicide among adolescents, young adults and middle-aged adults rapidly increasing, they decided that something had to be done about this preventable death. The Kalisha Memorial Project was established to promote a healthy outlook on life, provide education and awareness, and provide resources and support for people who may be struggling or contemplating suicide, as well as those who have been affected by a suicide.
In early May 2013, at the first meeting attended by Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, Ms. Celeste Clarke, and Mr. Khorey Rice, a Youth Leader at The House of the Lord Church, Ms. Sharon Daughtry, the Executive Director of The Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance, suggested the name, “The Kalisha Project.” Later, the Rev. Daughtry added the word, “Memorial.” Thus, the name, “The Kalisha Memorial Project.” Min. Gloria Daniels was added to the organizing group.
The organizers continued to conduct weekly meetings. They developed a mission statement, a history, a bio of Kalisha, and objectives. In addition, a Press Conference was held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 and the first Forum on Suicide Education and Prevention was held on Saturday, October 5, 2013