A focus on strengths, competencies and resilience

on Wednesday - January 31, 2018.

A recent article on the international ACES Connection online community highlighted the importance of focusing on people's strengths and competencies, rather than shortcomings and deficiencies. 

Author of the article, Dana Brown, writes, "This over-focus, while not characterizing all policies and programs, is still too common, nevertheless. It has shaped research as well as social programs. During service delivery, collection of the adverse details about people's lives is often necessary but it is not sufficient.

A focus on individuals' strengths and competencies is essential."

While unaddressed trauma can increase the risk of numerous physical and mental health impacts, as well as risk-taking behavior and criminal justice system involvement, the GOOD news is that RESILIENCE can help reduce those impacts and allow for healing.

This is where a focus on strengths and competencies can really be beneficial for returning citizens.  Here's what the research shows about what people need to heal from trauma and develop resilience:

* Feeling empowered, to counteract traumatic experiences where all control was taken away from you

* Feeling validated: needing others to listen to you, to validate the importance of what happened to you, to believe you, to understand

* Feeling connected with others in positive, supportive, meaningful relationships

* Feeling a sense of hope that things can get better, that you can and will feel better

* Feeling that your life has meaning and purpose

* Being able to trust other people again

The RMO, through our programs and services, attempts to offer these things to returning citizens, so that they can not only dream of, but pursue, with hope and confidence, a future that is better than their past.

Because, as one of our heroes in this work, Bryan Stevenson, says, "Each of us is MORE than the worst thing we've ever done."

 

 

Trauma 101 Trainings: Spring Dates & Registration

on Friday - January 05, 2018.

We're pleased to announce the next round of dates for the training:

Trauma 101: Understanding Trauma, Resilience & Trauma-Informed Care

Offered by:

Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County &
RMO for Returning Citizens 

Intended Audience: This training is designed to provide a foundational overview and awareness of trauma, resilience, and trauma-informed care for anyone in the community who interacts with individuals and families who may have experienced trauma, including human services professionals, educators, the faith community, employers, government agencies, and others.

Training length: 4 hours

Cost: $30 per person

Dates: (REGISTER FOR JUST ONE of the following sessions)
Thursday, March 1st, 2018, 8am – Noon
Thursday, March 1st, 2018, 1pm – 5pm
Friday March 2nd, 2018, 8am – Noon
Friday March 2nd, 2018, 1pm – 5pm
Monday, March 5th, 2018, 8am – Noon
Monday, March 5th, 2018, 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 8am-Noon

Location: Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County
601 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Register online at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3223818

This training will include curriculum materials from SAMHSA, the ACEs research, and information and key learnings from long-established trauma-informed communities in the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

Additional $5K Match Challenge: Tell 5 to help the RMO reach $10K

on Saturday - November 04, 2017.

 

Friends - THANK YOU - YOU ARE EXTRAORDINARY! We feel so incredibly blessed at the strong show of support for the #RMOforReturningCitizens during today's #ExtraGive! And we have GREAT NEWS, and EVEN GREATER NEWS! 

First, the GREAT NEWS: We originally had $10,000 in matching funds, thanks to some ExtraOrdinary, generous anonymous donors! And we have been blessed to receive $10,172 so far in ExtraGive donations - so $10,000 of those donations have been MATCHED, dollar for dollar. 

NOW for the EVEN GREATER NEWS: We have just gotten an ADDITIONAL $5000 in MATCHING FUNDS for donations made between now and midnight: so every additional donation up to $5000 for the rest of the ExtraGive will ALSO be matched, dollar for dollar! 

So, tell your friends, family, acquaintances why YOU believe in the RMO and let's see if we can finish the night meeting this additional match!

Here's the link one more time - and do be sure to ask people to type “RMO” into the field titled “Notes and/or gifts made in memorial/honor” on the donation form so that their donation will be credited to the RMO.

https://extragive.org/designee/community-action-partnership-of-lancaster-county-cap

Thank you so much!

 

The RMO for Returning Citizens (aka Re-Entry Management Organization) is participating in the 2017 ExtraGive under our new parent organization, Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Lancaster County.

And thanks to some very generous RMO supporters, all donations to the RMO up to $10,000 through this year's ExtraOrdinary Give will be MATCHED, dollar for dollar!

So, we're asking our supporters to do two things:
1) Will you please make a donation to the RMO during the ExtraGive? (see details below) and

2) Will you also "TELL FIVE, to help us REACH TEN": Will you please tell FIVE of your friends, colleagues, neighbors, and/or family members why YOU support and believe in the mission of the RMO, and then ask THEM to consider making a donation to the RMO during the ExtraGive as well, so we can fully leverage the $10,000 in matching funds?

As a special "Thank You", every donor who contributes to the RMO during this year's ExtraGive will receive one of our 2018 "Voices of Hope and Resilience" calendars. This inspirational calendar addresses themes such as gratitude, forgiveness, trust, courage, resilience, and much more. All of the art, quotes, and even the graphic design for this calendar were created by our local returning citizens: people who have been incarcerated in Lancaster County Prison or other PA prisons and jails.

Now, for the pertinent details on how to donate through the ExtraGive:

The date of this year's ExtraGive is Friday, November 17, 2017, from 12:01am – 11:59pm.

To donate to the RMO during the ExtraGive, visit CAP's ExtraGive donations page.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be sure to type "RMO" into the field titled "Notes and/or gifts made in memorial/honor" on the donation form so that your donation will be credited to the RMO.

https://extragive.org/designee/community-action-partnership-of-lancaster-county-cap

Thank you so much for supporting the RMO in these two meaningful ways. We are so very grateful for your support and encouragement, and our returning citizens are too!

Voices of Hope and Resilience 2018 Inspirational Calendars now available

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Thursday - September 21, 2017.

We're thrilled to announce that our 2018 "Voices of Hope and Resilience" calendar is now available. This inspirational calendar addresses themes such as gratitude, forgiveness, trust, courage, resilience, and much more. It makes a terrific holiday gift! 

Make a donation to the RMO of $15 or more, and you'll get a free calendar PLUS you'll be providing an additional calendar to a returning citizen to keep track of their meetings and appointments.  

All of the art, quotes and graphic design for this calendar were created by people who have been incarcerated in Lancaster County Prison or other PA prisons and jails.

Get your copy today! Contact us at 717-723-1075 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details, or come to one of our autumn "Trauma and Resilience Series events".  (donations can be made via cash or check payable to "RMO" at one of our events, or you can make an online donation via CAP's secure online donations page at  

http://www.caplanc.org/Donate

and BE SURE TO go to the PROGRAM dropdown list on the donations page and SELECT "RMO for Returning Citizens". Be sure to include your preferred mailing address and we'll mail a calendar to you.