January 26, 2023
When Dorchester native Judith Foster’s youngest son was murdered in 2013 in Charlotte, N.C, just a few months shy of his college graduation, she decided to turn her pain into purpose. Foster started taking nature walks as a form of therapy, and as the days passed, others in mourning joined her. In 2014, she established the H.E.R.O. Nurturing Center, where she uses nature as a tool to help others navigate traumatic life events. Today, the center has expanded to chapters in Florida and Cuba. Foster was honored as a “Hero Among Us” during the Boston Celtics’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 29.