AfterCare Day of Reflection 2019

AfterCare Day of Reflection 2019

Recently, members and coworkers of the AfterCare community gathered as friends, neighbors, and members of this society to help heal ourselves, one another, and with each other.

Everyone paused from their daily routines to reflect on the intersectionality between their personal experiences, their experiences in the community and the structural systems that have caused hurt and trauma. Two AfterCare members, Cherise and Adrian, shared their testimony with the larger group on their experiences with personal, community and societal trauma, in addition to how these experiences helped them find their voice and inner strength and resilience.

AfterCare is very proud of each member that participated in The Day of Reflection and is excited to see the ripples of healing that this event created in each participant’s life. 

The Day of Reflection is one example of how we can create space to gather and reflect, reframe and shift the constant negativity that is associated with our communities and work towards equality, equity and liberation. 

AfterCare believes that when we strengthen the individual, we strengthen communities and when we have strong communities, we have strong societies.

Community is at the heart of what AfterCare is about—being a place that provides help, advice, and support for all of our former residents and their families. AfterCare was created to offer continued connection even after our young people leave our full-time care.

The AfterCare Day of Reflection is just one of the ways that AfterCare provides support to all of its members. The care managers in AfterCare also help our members create a “passion plan,” which helps them break down large life goals into smaller, tangible steps. Through this strength-based approach, our members can come up with a plan to transform many aspects of life, including their daily living situation, financial/insurance, vocational/educational, social supports, health, leisure/recreational activities, and spirituality.

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