What did winning a Compassionate Champion Award mean to you?
As an organization, the award validated the hard work the Project New Start team has invested in building our knowledge of the causes and effects of trauma and identifying strategies to improve our work.
How have you continued your trauma-informed work since last year?
The Project New Start team has discovered areas where we can improve as a staff and organization to enhance the likelihood of sustained success for those we serve. Our team has continued to build our knowledge of Trauma-Informed Care by completing the Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience Level 2 awarded by Florida State University in March 2021.
How have you seen trauma-informed care make a difference for the beneficiaries you work with?
As a result of our growth through the stages of Trauma-Informed Care, we gained an understanding that the extent of adverse childhood and adult experiences suffered by those we serve has a greater impact on their decision-making and behavior than we previously recognized and acknowledged. Developing the skill to view the individuals we serve through a trauma lens has enhanced our ability to identify and secure trauma specific interventions to support their long-term success.
Do you have any advice for potential nominees this year?
As an organization, you have to make the commitment to be educated on Trauma-Informed Care and then actively implement those principles with those you serve, your team, your board of directors and volunteers. Continue to build on your knowledge, apply what you learn to yourself first, and continually challenge one another to be better.