Philadelphia has become a leader in creating momentum for trauma-informed care. The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, the Scattergood Foundation, and the Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia have spent a great deal of time, resources and energy developing a Trauma-Informed Philanthropy Guide.
These organizations have just published their second edition of this guide, and Lakeside Therapeutic Schools were featured. We feel very privileged to be considered one of the innovators in our field.
These philanthropic organizations have a vision for a trauma-informed, safe and prosperous city and communities. The commitment exists for the Greater Philadelphia funding community to partner to set a national example for investing in and advancing trauma-informed practice across all sectors.
Our goal will be to have Philadelphia known for its success in improving health, well-being, and prosperity for our region’s most vulnerable citizens.
The guide was released March 6th. We gathered to celebrate its publication and the trauma-informed work created through the partnerships of funders and organizations that provide trauma-informed care to trauma-impacted individuals.
It is exciting to see the impact this movement has had on thousands of individuals in our region.
Further, it is exceptional to mobilize funders and to provide a general guide for educating them in how to fund the various aspects of our trauma-informed movement.
Specifically, this guide is designed to help funders to:
- Incorporate a trauma-informed approach into their grant-making;
- Foster collaboration and cross-sector networks; and
- Build the field through evaluation.
We are extremely pleased and proud to be a part of the Greater Philadelphia Community which has supported our work extensively.
As a result, Lakeside has trained a total 10,000 professionals in some level of trauma-informed care and provided programs for thousands of students through our therapeutic schools.
We are so privileged to be a vital part of our trauma-informed community as we strive to expand our impact to more and more students, schools, families, professionals, and systems of care. We want to thank our funding community for their help and the leadership in our city and communities.
We look forward to making our vision for all people a reality. To learn more, visit here.
Gerry Vassar, President/CEO