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New Toolkit Helps Communities Address Trauma to Shape Their Own Neighborhoods [nextcity.org]

 

Seven years ago, trying to recover from the death of her daughter, Brenda Mosley was introduced to the concept of trauma-informed care. “I was in a state of grief, darkness and despair,” she says. Then she began a three-year, trauma-informed program offered by an organization in her neighborhood of Kensington, Philadelphia, the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC).

“It was 10 women and we were introduced to all the models of trauma-informed care,” Mosley recalls. “I was in an environment where I could find safety, get through my emotions, accept my loss and look forward to the future.”

After the program, Mosley joined a team of Kensington community members assembled by NKCDC and another local organization, Impact, to co-design a trauma-informed community engagement curriculum for their larger community, which has suffered through poverty, government neglect, crime and violence. The result is Connected Community: A Trauma Informed Community Engagement Curriculum, a free resource released to the public this March.

Read the full article by Emily Nonko here.

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