We are founded on shared life experiences, community connectedness and a deep desire to help build healthy neighborhoods for our residents. In these trusted spaces, we release repressed emotions from childhood and adult trauma then begin the process towards healthy thinking. We introduce new pathways guided with encouragement and optimism directed to educational and economic achievement and resourcefulness that improve stability, capacity to reason and build strong and positive relationship skills. We help recognize the destructive impact that abuse, neglect, abandonment, intergenerational violence, poverty, and racism can have on the capacity to live, learn, and thrive. In doing so, we can come to better understand ourselves and learn to nurture the people in our lives especially the children, our future generations.
Healing circles are evidenced-based and according to Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, “one of the avenues to help trauma survivors feel fully alive in the present and move on with their lives is by talking and connecting with others and allow ourselves to know and understand what is going on with us, while processing the memories of the trauma.” Dr. Bruce Perry provides the most important perspective by asking, “what happened to you and what didn’t happen for you?” This insight changes the lens through which we see ourselves and each other providing hope to remove barriers of adversity and begin new pathways for achievement.