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.

All community members deserve a safe, stable, nurturing environment in which to learn, play, work, and live. We invite you to be a part of this network, whether you represent an organization or are simply a concerned citizen–because work must happen at all levels of the community to fulfill our goals.
We define trauma as: Trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening with lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. – SAMHSA.

We define primary prevention as: A systematic process that promotes safe and healthy environments and behaviors, reducing the likelihood or frequency of an incident, injury or condition occurring. – The Prevention Institute

Learn more about some of the key concepts and definitions in which BTCC is grounded.

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

Linda Patton- South Central Community Action Program’s Thriving Connections Initiative and Indiana University School of Public Health

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 

Over 75 community members joined Building a Thriving Compassionate Community and Scott Hutcheson from Purdue’s Center for Regional Development to explore Strategic Doing.
BTCC engages the community in a variety of ways. There is a place for you to attend, contribute, or just check us out. Read more . . .
Primary prevention strategies are those to get in front of social problems by promoting safe and equitable community conditions to ensure all community members have the opportunity to live at their fullest potential.Read more . . .
BTCC, Building a Thriving Compassionate Community, is a subcommittee of the Asset Building Coalition of Monroe County (ABC). The Asset Building Coalition of Monroe County provides structural support and serves as the umbrella nonprofit for five sub-committees that promote asset development: Bloomington AfterSchool Network, NET Prevent Child Abuse, Monroe County Youth Council, IYI Youth Worker Café, and Building a Thriving Compassionate Community.