The Journey Starts With Strengthening and Empowering People.
Hands to Hold LLC is an organization that focuses on strengthening youth and families by implementing a community and family-based approach that builds on community relationships. Equity and equality should be a privilege for all people no matter what the age, gender identity, differing ability or economic status. Hands to Hold LLC helps to provide the tools, knowledge and skills so that our community members can navigate all aspects of life as independently as possible and be confident while doing so. The need for Trauma Informed Care is very relevant especially in under-served communities because those are the most affected by trauma. Caring and compassionate adults are critical to migrating Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). Having the extensive knowledge about a person’s ACE history is a critical part of trying to secure additional resources and encouraging policy changes. Nurturing and expanding connections with other organizations to be able to refer people to concrete supports in time of need. Trauma is linked to poor health and violence which is a great issue and concern in the city of Milwaukee. Living in poverty and not having access to basic needs is one of the greater causes of trauma.
Negative childhood experiences are related to major risk factors for leading causes of illness and death and poor quality of life among adults. In 2019, 1840 children died of abuse/neglect in the United States. The evidence of all of the harm caused by trauma is enough to invest in putting a sound and measurable plan in place by collaborating and creating preventative actions across multiple sectors. Due to our collaboration efforts, services that will be available include trauma informed training, advocacy and support, positive parenting techniques, referrals to mental health professionals, independent living and basic needs support, financial literacy, prenatal care and childcare coordination, assistance with navigating public assistance to obtain health insurance to meet other health care needs. Screening and assessing families to determine their education, employment, health, housing and caring connections will be imperative to develop comprehensive care plans with the children and families. We hope to change the minds and hearts of people that we come into contact with one by one to eventually make this community an all-inclusive community where everyone sees each other as equals. We feel this can be achieved by being a strong community partner and collaborating with other like-minded organizations and stakeholders. The journey starts with strengthening and empowering people to become more resilient and capable of navigating the world around them. HTH is proud to be able to build meaningful relationships with our youth and families that stem from a rapport of trust. We do this through active listening and open dialogue to ensure that everyone involved feels like their voice is being heard and respected and working together as a team.