Our story . . .
In April 2015, Building a Thriving Compassionate Community (BTCC) started as a small group of passionate individuals talking about the effects of trauma in Monroe County, Indiana. We wanted to create common language around trauma and trauma-sensitive practices and help connect existing resources and initiatives to be more effective and responsive. Within the first few months of convening, BTCC began to shift attention and focus to understanding how trauma could be prevented in the first place – how trajectories for children, families, neighborhoods, and communities could be improved if we could assure safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments from the start.
Both a trauma-informed framework and primary prevention strategies are central to our approach & we will work for an equitable community that promotes safety and health, while recognizing that individuals, families, and groups that have experienced trauma deserve appropriate care.
In January of 2016, BTCC became the fifth sub-committee of the Asset Building Coalition (ABC) of Monroe County (ABC). ABC was a 501c3 that provided structural support for a variety of sub-committees in Monroe County Indiana that promote developmental and community assets and collaborated with community partners with similar missions to mobilize community resources. With the sub-committee efforts growing and requiring more infrastructure and support, ABC members decided in 2017 to move their sub-committee initiatives under the umbrella of the Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County (YSB). The shift will allow sub-committee efforts to continue to develop and expand, with dedicated staff time allocated to assist existing efforts and nurture new ones.
BTCC core group interactions are grounded in the following agreements: Avoid making assumptions; presume good intentions; honor diverse perspectives and methodologies; acknowledge the role of trauma in all of our lives; do not let any one person block or dominate decisions; face the hard questions; respect disagreements; have patience with and for one another; “fish or cut bait”- know when to act; listen (hear/receive different points of view); and phone in a friend—when the struggle feels outside of your competence or emotional availability in the moment.
Meet our Core Team
Meagan Benetti- Center for Collaborative Systems Change
Georg’ann Cattelona- Childbirth educator, prenatal yoga instructor, and birth doula
Tara Green- Community volunteer focused on initiatives related to childhood development
Lillian Henegar- Bloomington Township Trustee
Beth Lodge-Rigal- Women Writing for (a) Change Bloomington
Marsha McCarty-Bloomington Meadows Hospital
Nick Philbeck- Community Justice & Mediation Center
Becky Rose- Monroe County Community School Corporation
Lucy Schaich- City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Stephanie Solomon- Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
Cierra Olivia Thomas-Williams- Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Melanie Vehslage- Public Health Intern
Nicole Zautra- Center for Collaborative Systems Change
Allison Zimpfer-Hoerr- Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County