Milwaukee High School Dropout Rate
Number of Children in Foster Care (2018)
Adults Have Experienced 4 or More Types of ACE’s
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Current Poverty Rate

About the Owner

My name is Makini Triplett and I have lived experience with childhood trauma. This is the primary reason why I’m so passionate about this journey.  As a result of my experience, I have a more personal and in-depth understanding about the issues first-hand. This includes what supports and referrals are needed for someone to overcome the past trauma in order to live a healthy and productive life.  There is a stigma attached to people that have experienced trauma or suffer from mental illness which prevents the real issues from getting recognized and dealt with adequately.  Because of the stigma most times people that suffer from trauma and/or mental illness are ashamed to seek support because they do not want to be labeled or misjudged.

With the supports that I have received, I have been able to build coping skills and become more resilient.  I have attended trainings and workshops that specifically provide research and evidence-based information to provide me with a greater understanding about trauma informed care and the best practices to support others.


Trainings that I’ve participated in include:

  • The 7 Essential Ingredients to Trauma Informed Care
  • Advanced Trauma Informed Care
  • Youth & Adult Mental Health First Aid
  • Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support
  • Protective Factors
  • NAMI Family-to-Family training
  • Nurturing Parenting Program Certification
  • Positive Solutions For Families
  • Parents Interacting With Infants Training
  • Lived Experience Partner Training
  • Certified Peer Specialist Certification
  • Certified Parent Peer Specialist Certification
  • Substance Abuse Counselor (In Training)
  • Inclusive and Trauma Informed Yoga
  • Wellness and Social Emotional Learning
  • Financial Literacy Training


Membership Affiliations Include:

  • Milwaukee Coalition For Children’s Mental Health – Collective Impact Team
  • Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health (OCMH)
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA)

Making A Difference In The Lives Of Others.

The services and supports that are provided are strategically implemented to teach participants how to appreciate a problem and to make sound problem-solving decisions, build character and skills to achieve success. Our organization provides resources and referrals to help the participants become more self-sufficient and self-reliant. These services and trainings include:

  • Academic enrichment (pre- and post-higher education)
  • Independent/daily living skills training
  • Consumer education training
  • Career exploration/Job readiness skills training
  • Supportive parenting strategies
  • Financial management services
  • Peer support/Mentoring
  • Future services will include Substance Abuse counseling, prevention and intervention

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Meet The Team

The services within the organization are provided by qualified facilitators that have over 20 years of extensive experience working with youth and families that have experiences with mental health/behavioral concerns, physical and cognitive disabilities, and trauma.  The staff’s background and expertise include trauma informed care, all-inclusive care/special education, early childhood education, community education and engagement.


Our team prefers to meet families where they are and make the environment as comfortable as possible.  Most of our services and supports are offered to make it convenient and conducive for our participating families in the community.

  • Group or individual services and trainings can be facilitated.
  • Home-based, work-based, school-based and community-based services can be provided to better suit participant’s needs.
  • Affiliation with a childcare program that provides all-inclusive care that can serve participating children and families while participating in activities.
  • Extensive services and curriculum offered to all enrolled families with continued support to ensure success.
  • Special trainings, workshops and seminars offered to staff and families on a regular basis.

Organization Goals

At Hands To Hold LLC our goal is to meet the needs of the community and allow for better access to basic and extensive care. Many of the targeted base participants that our agency serves are children and families from the African American race, living in underserved communities.  Some of these families include members with mental health issues and differing abilities, that currently reside in historically traumatized populations.  The impact of providing trauma informed care training can be profound because the goal is to create a shift in perspective to bring forth a new reality of self-care and resilience.

People that struggle with trauma need caregivers and support systems that are trauma informed because their knowledge and expertise allow for the question “What has happened to you, and how can I support you?” versus the question of “What’s wrong with you?”.  Assigning families to a Peer Support and Mentor to provide added support and guidance will assist with the navigation of resources that are available to them.  Our agency collaborates with a multitude of dedicated organizations to facilitate the services required to achieve meaningful outcomes.

Our goal and purpose are to prepare, educate, and support youth and families in underserved communities to help them become self-sufficient advocates for themselves to better support their living conditions and outcomes.