That’s the number of people in Lancaster County who have now completed one of the trauma trainings offered through the Community Action Partnership's #RMOforReturningCitizens and partners over the past 18 months.
This is a pretty significant milestone in the collective community effort toward making Lancaster County a trauma-informed community. We’ve trained people from many parts of the criminal justice system, including about 400 corrections officers, parole officers, police officers, and attorneys, as well as people from other sectors of the community, including education, healthcare, behavioral health, housing, human services, businesses, and the faith community.
One of the key lessons learned from the trauma-informed communities RMO Director Melanie G Snyder visited last year in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Calgary is that creating a trauma-informed community requires close collaboration across all sectors of the community. We’ve been blessed with great partners who have collaborated with us to make this possible.
We’ve had funding support from the Let’s Talk Collaborative, the United Way, the Art & Selma Walters Trust at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster, the Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation (LOHF), and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Lancaster.
We’ve had a great team of trainers, including:
Regina Begley from Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP)
Angela Keen, from Advoz
Vanessa Philbert, from CAP
Jennifer Strasenburgh, from CompassMark
Allison Weber, formerly of the Spanish American Civic Association
and Melanie G. Snyder, Director of the RMOforReturningCitizens at CAP.
Many, many thanks to all who have contributed to this effort. We’re making good progress and look forward to continuing the collaboration to make Lancaster County a trauma-informed and resilience-focused community!