Yatooma Foundation For The Kids helping kids thrive after the loss of a parent

Posted at 1:48 PM, Jul 29, 2021
and last updated 10:48 AM, Jul 29, 2021

LAKE ORION, Mich. (WXYZ) — “Dad was very young when he passed, he was 45 a younger man than I am now and he was killed in an attempted carjacking downtown,” said Norman Yatooma.

The tears are still there and so is the sting. As Norman Yatooma recalls that day his father lost his life to gun violence 28 years ago.

“You lose what feels like everything. It’s a father, a mentor, provider protector,” said Yatooma.

But his pain laid the pathway for a brighter future for thousands of Detroit area children who unfortunately share the same feeling.

“After he passed, we took a lot of steps backwards. Finally coming out of that with newfound perspective,” said Yatooma. “And to be able to do in his name and memory and now there’s all these kids these beautiful kids throughout the community who have lost mom or dad or both who are able to receive very practical, immediate assistance after they’ve gone through an unimaginable life changing loss.”

And now, Yatooma’s Foundation for The Kids has been a backbone for ailing families for 18 years.