Interruptions is a podcast hosted by Rev. Odell M. Cooper and Cathy Patton, two parents whose lives were Interrupted - one by gun violence and the other by autism. The hosts use their voices to Disrupt the Silence caused by inherited faith and family traditions, cultural and societal stigmas, and fear. Each episode openly addresses racial and economic disparities and the impact on mental health in communities of Black and Brown people. Their guests share personal stories about how their lives have been traumatically Interrupted and portions of their own survival narrative.
Join us to hear the stories of how to reinvent yourself in the midst of your Interruptions.
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Hosts 1: Rev. Odell Montgomery Cooper
Rev. Odell Montgomery Cooper MA, is currently a playwright, soon be an author “Interruptions, Disrupting the Silence”
which is her personal story of trauma, faith and resilience as she responds to her Interruptions and the awakening.
Also serving as an Associate Minister at Mt. Aery Baptist Church in Bridgeport, CT. An advocate for social Justice
and issues that impacts communities of color. Rev. O is committed to share her personal journey of Suburban Urban
mother having her life abruptly interrupted. Which led to a domino effect in her life. B
y ignoring and not recognizing trauma, she suffered from PTSD, loss of employment, detachment from relationships
and suicidal ideation. As a minister, Odell struggled with coping with her faith and God’s decision. Rev. O suffered a
Brain aneurysm on the birth date of her son who became another innocent casualty to gun violence.
She shares her trauma, will to live and becoming resilient. Odell struggled to overcome family traditions, cultural and
societal stigmas about mental health and discovered a way reinvent herself during her trauma. Rev. Cooper a
Bostonian, completed her undergraduate degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Her path toward ministry began while attending Hartford Seminary's Black Ministries Program (BMP).
Where she also earned her master’s degree. She currently serves as the President of the Hartford Seminary's Black Ministries Program Alumni Association (BMPAA). Professionally, she has a successful career in being innovative in developing others to achieve successful employment and leadership development in various sectors and faith-based sectors. She serves on the executive leadership team for Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut (CONECT). Board Chair for Connecticut Violence Intervention Program (CTVIP) and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., New Haven Alumnae Chapter. She is the mother of two children, Jackie and John (deceased), and loving grandmother.
Host 2: Cathy Patton
Cathy Robinson-Patton a native of Bridgeport, CT. An active member in her childhood church Mount Aery Baptist Church serving as the Administrative Chair for the MAAFA Production. Cathy earned a BA and Masters in the field of Social Work, from the University of Connecticut. Afterwards she secured a career with The Department of
Social Services. Being rewarded for skills and talents and commitment to the profession she was promoted to various positions retiring as the Deputy Director of Field Operations. Her responsibilities included children, adults, and the disabled population. Cathy has served as the past President of the Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter, of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. member of the Order of Eastern Star, Eureka Chapter #2 and host of other community organizations. Currently she is working in Social and Human services with students at Western University
as an Adjunct Professor. She is also with The Connecticut Center for School Change as a Parent Liaison for their Parents Supporting Educational Excellence (Parent SEE) program, that assist parents to become leaders within their school districts to so that all children receive quality educ
A Thought is Born | Episode 1
After going through many life shattering events, Odell is defining her journey through reinventing herself.
How Did I Get Here? | Episode 2
How do you deal with an Interruptions in your life that contradict your culture, family upbringing and your personal plans when your sudden reality is my child has autism; my son is murdered and now there is COVID-19.
A Mother's Cry | Episode 3
The initial disturbance that takes place when mothers learn about life altering changes concerning their children.
Take it Back | Episode 4
A mother hears another black man was shot at the same time and in the same vicinity of the establishment in Hamden, CT where her son was murdered - by mistaken identity. She decides to no longer remain numb to the repeated gun violence and criminal activities surrounding that restaurant. This news triggered a different response and springs her into action.
Who Wants to Talk ABout That? | Episode 5
In this podcast we will be focusing on mental health characteristics and the process of identifying them through counseling.
How Did I Get Here Part II | Episode 6
We focused on the stages of grief and trauma in this family’s life and how they questioned if God was listening. Hear what they discovered.