Commonly Asked Questions
It is a statewide initiative in Texas designed to help leaders of churches serving African-Americans and other people of color through trauma-informed healing. The collective is an initiative of Alliance for Greater WorksTM.
To help churches as they respond to youth and adults who are coping with devastating traumas.
Eligible churches are:
- Serving predominately African-Americans and people of color
- Committed to serving the community outside its four walls
- Interested in tackling injustices such as:
- COVID-19 exposure
- Intergenerational trauma
- Police violence in marginalized communities
- Mass shootings affecting youth and adult congregants
The Resilient Church Collective will be delivered to two cohorts of 25 congregations (for a total of 50 congregations).
- The first cohort will be active from 2022-2024
- The second will be active in 2021-2025
Participating congregations will receive:
(a) a trauma-informed assessment of their current level of healing-centered engagement
(b) trauma-informed and healing-centered education and capacity-building services
(c) small sub-grants to support their congregations’ healing-centered goals
(d) twice-yearly Congregational Leadership Gatherings
(e) a pastoral support network
(f) special training to lead online crisis care groups
(g) access to the Healing Youth Alliance 3.0 curriculum
Trauma-informed healing “broadly refers to a set of principles that guide and direct how we view the impact of severe harm on young people’s mental, physical, and emotional health. Trauma-informed care encourages support and treatment to the whole person, rather than focusing on only treating individual symptoms or specific behaviors,” says Shawn A. Ginwright, Ph.D., a Professor of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University and author.
Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into the Collective. You may submit an application online.
Applications must be submitted by August 15, 2021.
Alliance for Greater Works will notify those who have been accepted by October 15, 2021. The program will begin in January 2022.
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