Mothers of Everyday Heroes was created in honor of Nate Ford, the son of the organizations founder, Jennifer Ford. She has worked together with a group of five highly motivated "Chief Captains" to build a team of mothers that has grown to over 100 strong. Their mission is to continue the legacy that Nate started by inspiring a community of young men and women to realize the joy and happiness that comes from serving others and doing it with a smile.
Nate died in a car accident on August 21, 2015 while driving home from early morning seminary. His life was exemplary and his kindhearted and giving spirit touched the lives of thousands of people from all walks of life in the short 16 years he lived on earth. Jennifer wanted to continue mothering her son despite their temporary and mortal separation. She knew honoring Nate meant continuing what he started while he was here on earth. Mothers of Everyday Heroes was born out of a love for her son and a desire to continue doing what he started. Nate was a patriot, an athlete, a philanthropist, and a disciple of Jesus Christ. His life inspired people of all ages, genders, races, and creeds to realize the joy and happiness that comes from serving others and doing it with a smile.
The morning of Nate's accident he, and the rest of his Seminary class, were asked by their teacher to write down five words that defined their legacy. Nate was no stranger to core values. He had been discovering and defining his values for years. It didn't take much thought to complete the assignment because Nate knew what he wanted to "be" just as much as he knew what he needed to "do" to be successful in this life. The last five words Nate wrote while in in his mortal probation were:
Nate fulfilled his mission on earth in 16 short, but inspired, years. He embodied the words he defined as his legacy. Jennifer created Mothers of Everyday Heroes to provide an opportunity for others to be heroes in their community. An opportunity for Mothers just like her to share her son's legacy of hard work, kindness, and a love of all people. A legacy of service to those in need.