Women’s group offers therapy, friendship

Cherrita's story of understanding and forgiveness is a moving tale borne from her willingness to seek help and access to Reconciliation Services' program, SnAP. "I’ve come to understand the effects of trauma and what I can do to move beyond it; I’m learning about belief systems, naming feelings and mastering them; setting goals and taking responsibility for my own choices. Mostly I’ve had a strong support system to help me find some stability and start again. I’ve needed this community to help me stay focused and to not go back to a negative way of thinking."

Reconciliation Services formed Strength eNergy And Power (SnAP) in 2011 to provide women who suffered from severe depression and/or trauma-related symptoms the opportunity to get better through treatment.

At that time, we came in contact with many women who because of their past trauma(s) and symptoms of depression, felt overwhelmed and struggled to do necessary day-to-day tasks. Several reported having difficulties taking care of things at home, being easily triggered, having trouble getting along with other people, and finding it hard to just make it through the day.

A SnAP therapy group
A SnAP therapy group

With piloted funding from the Jackson County Mental Health Levy, SnAP offered a weekly group that provided women a safe place to share their experiences. Women throughout the community were given the opportunity to gather and voice their hurts, pains, and frustrations; receive support from one other; and receive insight on how to improve their situation, all while being treated with dignity and respect.

Since its induction, SnAP has evolved and become an effective resource to the community by offering individual therapy, 10- week group therapy, an ongoing aftercare support group, and intensive case management to its participants.  

In the SnAP program, we understand that families living in urban poverty often encounter multiple traumas over many years. They are less likely than families living in more affluent communities to have access to the resources that may facilitate the successful negotiation of their traumatic experiences. A lack of adequate finances, stable housing, health insurance, and proper education make it difficult for many of these families to thrive. At Reconciliation Services, we come alongside our vulnerable clients with the companionship, tools, and skills necessary to help them discover their strengths and to succeed.

Cherrita, one of our participants, shares her experience in an excerpt taken from Reconciliation Services’ bi-weekly newsletter VENERATE.

“Can you tell me about your journey? YeahI heard that RS had certified counselors and therapy groups. I started to meet weekly with Miss Sylvia for individual therapy when I came back from Chicago in 2012. The following year I completed their 10-week SnAP ladies therapy group. I’ve stayed connected with RS because I’m learning so much. Therapy has helped me with my battles from the past. I’ve learned to face my pain, process it and move on from being a victim. I’ve come to understand the effects of trauma and what I can do to move beyond it; I’m learning about belief systems, naming feelings and mastering them; setting goals and taking responsibility for my own choices. Mostly I’ve had a strong support system to help me find some stability and start again. I’ve needed this community to help me stay focused and to not go back to a negative way of thinking.

When I lost everything in 2012, I needed help and I had to find courage to ask for it. The staff at RS has always treated me with respect and that has meant a lot. They helped me to get my chauffeur’s license so I could work. They even helped me get my beautiful glasses through their medicine cabinet!

What would you say your top achievements are? Forgiveness of my mom, stepfather, men who have hurt me and forgiveness of myself; I now respect myself—making choices that honor me; I’m proud of some of the art I’ve created. I’m an artist at heart!”*

Cherrita is one of 260 women who have who have participated in our program.

With the support of Health Care Foundation, we are able to extend this same thriving program to service men who have also experienced trauma in its various forms.

*Cherrita’s complete story and other client stories can be found on Reconciliation Services website VENERATE.

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