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Trauma Informed Care

Trauma-informed care is an approach that recognizes and responds to the effects of all types of trauma. It emphasizes the physical, psychological, and emotional safety of individuals, helping them rebuild a sense of control and empowerment. This approach is crucial in supporting people who have experienced homelessness, as they often face multiple forms of trauma.

The Impact of Trauma on Homelessness

Individuals and families experiencing homelessness frequently encounter a range of traumatic experiences, including:

  • Domestic Violence: Many people, especially women and children, become homeless due to escaping abusive relationships.

  • Chronic Stress: The instability and uncertainty of homelessness create ongoing stress that affects mental and physical health.

  • Loss and Grief: Losing a home, community, or family members can lead to profound grief and a sense of loss.

  • Exposure to Violence: Homeless individuals are often more vulnerable to violence and exploitation.

  • Childhood Trauma: Many adults experiencing homelessness have a history of childhood trauma that impacts their ability to cope with current challenges.

Our Trauma-Informed Approach

At Family Promise of Cobb County, we are committed to implementing trauma-informed care in all our services. This means:

  1. Creating Safe Spaces: We provide secure and stable environments where families can begin to heal. Our shelters are designed to be welcoming and non-threatening.

  2. Building Trust: We prioritize building trusting relationships with the individuals and families we serve. Our staff and volunteers are trained to be empathetic, respectful, and non-judgmental.

  3. Empowering Families: We work to empower families by involving them in decision-making processes and respecting their autonomy. We believe in their strength and resilience.

  4. Providing Supportive Services: Our comprehensive support services address the holistic needs of families, including mental health counseling, healthcare, and life skills training.

  5. Training and Education: We invest in ongoing training for our staff and volunteers on trauma-informed practices to ensure they are equipped to support families effectively.

Why Trauma-Informed Care Matters

Implementing trauma-informed care helps us to:


  • Reduce Re-traumatization: By recognizing and minimizing triggers, we can prevent additional trauma.

  • Enhance Engagement: Families are more likely to engage with our services when they feel understood and supported.

  • Improve Outcomes: Addressing trauma can significantly improve the long-term stability and well-being of families.

At Family Promise of Cobb County, we understand that healing from trauma is a critical part of overcoming homelessness. By integrating trauma-informed care into our programs, we aim to create a supportive environment where every family can find hope, healing, and a path to a brighter future.

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