Front Porch Coalition co-founder retires after 25 years

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The woman who has been a key figure is providing services to the survivors of suicide, is starting the next chapter in her life.

Laura Boyd is retiring after 25 years with the Front Porch Coalition.

She helped start the coalition to support families through their grief after losing her own son to suicide in 1994. This was during a time when there were no services to support survivors through their complex emotions and grief.

What started as a support group on Laura’s front porch eventually grew into the non-profit, the Front Porch Coalition.

From its humble beginnings all those years ago, Laura never imagined the Front Porch Coalition would grow into what it is today.

“I’ve seen a lot of growth and a lot of improvement and it has been…and we’re still growing and I think that’s an important part of being here for the community when they need us,” Laura said.

Boyd has not yet decided what’s next, but plans on getting started on retirement with a little traveling.

She hopes the Front Porch Coalition continues to grow with more emphasis on suicide prevention.

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