Our Mission

Our mission is to end generational cycles of abuse/violence and to promote healthy relationships by providing Survivors advocacy, and shelter while educating the community on the effects domestic violence has on women, children and families.

Our Focus

Women’s empowerment & wellness including their mind, body, spirit & family, advocating for those in immediate need, honoring survivors, and never forgetting those we have lost.

Our Story

Mahogany CARES was founded in 2010 by Cyrena Mahogany Martin and was created to bring awareness to issues affecting women, families, and the community. Breast cancer and domestic violence affected the lives of many of those closest to Cyrena and she saw fit to create an organization that could touch the lives of many while providing them support and resources as they determine their path in life.

Since its inception, Mahogany CARES has and continues to honor survivors and those we lost from breast cancer and domestic violence. In 2010, we began celebrating breast cancer survivors and remembering those who lost their fight through the annual Breast Cancer Awareness event. The event is a day to thank our SHEROES for having the courage to tell their stories to encourage others and save lives through awareness. In May 2017, Mahogany CARES Breast Cancer Survivor Day proclamation was signed by Governor Scott Walker, making October 1st Breast Cancer Survivor Day in the State of Wisconsin.

In 2016, Mahogany CARES wrote a proclamation to make October 21st Domestic Violence Survivor Recognition Day. On this day, we celebrate success after abuse by allowing survivors to share how they overcame & conquered domestic violence and move forward in a positive direction in their lives.

Mahogany CARES is dedicated to bringing awareness to issues that are plaguing our community and support those that are affected. Please remember you are not alone. We are here to support and protect you.

Mahogany CARES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Meet the Founder & Executive Director

Cyrena Martin, From Victim to Survivor now Advocate

Cyrena is committed to bringing forth awareness of women’s and community issues, especially domestic violence and breast cancer awareness.

As Mahogany CARES’s Executive Director she is able to focus on advocating and empowering women who are healing from traumatic experiences. Cyrena is committed to Women’s wellness Mind, Body, Spirit& Family, and Community concerns/issues. As a former victim and now survivor, certified advocate for domestic violence & sexual assault, she has dedicated her life to advocacy for Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention. We will advocate for victims, honor & love fellow survivors, and never forget the loved ones we have lost.

Board of Directors & Staff

Mahogany CARES Board and staff were chosen based on the needs of the organization, their expertise and professional & personal experiences, all of which continue to have a positive effect on the growth and development of our programs, services and our impact on the women and families we serve.

Wambui Kamuiru

Wambui Kamuiru


Education Professional

Sharon Taylor

Sharon Taylor


Financial Professional

Phylicia Martin

Phylicia Martin


Cosmetologist & Essential Worker

Joan Lauver

Joan Lauver

Board Chairperson & Consultant

Retired Social Worker

Makaylah Brackins

Makaylah Brackins

Board Chairperson

Business Owner & Essential Worker

Join Our Board

We are looking for passionate, driven, empathetic individuals to join our board. If that’s you, please complete our application.

Contact Numbers

Mahogany CARES Direct:
855–29-CARES (22737)
National Domestic Violence Hotline:
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Human Trafficking Resource Center:

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Mahogany CARES Foundation Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors.