Networks of Care

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Building a sustainable and just future for our town will require collective care-taking. 

These workshops will build our capacity to care for one another and are a part of a larger community effort to make Meadville one of the first trauma-informed communities in the United States. Click here to read more about the important work of Audrey Smith, Henry Nelson, and the Systems of Care group.

Join us!
Saturdays 10:30 am – 12 pm
CHAPS (944 Liberty St.)
Childcare and light breakfast provided


Impact of Adversity Across the Lifespan:
How Childhood Traumatic Experiences Influence the Health and Wellbeing of Meadville, Crawford County, our State and our Nation

Saturday, September 19
10:30 am – 12 pm
CHAPS (944 Liberty St.)
Presented by Audrey Smith and Henry Nelson of Parkside Psychological Associates and
Gloria McDonald of the Crawford County System of Care team

How is it that what happens to a person during the first five years of life can have a profound impact on whether they’ll experience problems such as homelessness, cancer, job loss, diabetes or sexual assault over the next twenty, thirty or even fifty years of life? Come and learn the mechanisms by which Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) impact the health and well-being of children, adults, our community and our nation. Participants will hear exciting news about what is being done in Crawford County and across the nation to combat this serious public health problem. Those who chose to do so, will also have the opportunity to calculate their personal ACE score.

Food Security:
Promoting Access, Nutrition and Performance

Saturday, September 26
10:30 am – 12 pm
CHAPS (944 Liberty St.)
Presented by Food For Thought: A Community Collaboration

According to an October 2014 study from the Harvard School of Public Health, nutritional disparities between America’s rich and poor are growing, despite efforts to provide higher-quality food to those most in need. Crawford County is particularly prone to bear the brunt of these economic realities as its residents fall far below the national levels of medium income while the poverty rate is higher – especially for families with children.  With access to fresh, healthy, and nutritious whole food increasingly becoming a commodity for those of means, join this panel discussion on how we can increase food security for all members of our community.

Bringing in the Bystander

Saturday, October 3
10:30 am – 12 pm
CHAPS (944 Liberty St.)
Presented by Julie Hunter and Bruce Harlan of Women’s Services, Inc.

This training will provide individuals with three key things: 1) an environment to learn about the role of active bystanders in the community; 2) information about violence and 3) appropriate and safe prevention skills that you can use to be an active bystander. The bystander intervention program uses the community of responsibility model to teach bystanders how to intervene safely and effectively in cases where sexual assault may be occurring or where there may be the risk for a sexual assault. The main message of this program is that “Everyone in the community has a role to play in ending sexual violence.” This program approaches both women and men as potential bystanders or witnesses to risky behaviors related to violence around them.


Opportunities for Recovery

Saturday, October 10
10:30 am – 12 pm
CHAPS (944 Liberty St.)
Presented by Lynn McUmber of CHAPS, Inc. and a Panel of Staff & Residents

In this workshop you will hear from an array of individuals who will share their personal recovery journeys.  They will describe what one faces when experiencing challenges including mental illness, addiction and homelessness.   They will also detail their actions and decisions made to move forward onto a path of recovery.  In addition,  CHAPS staff will outline the who, what, why and how of CHAPS Programs and the opportunities available for recovery.


Make a Difference Day

Saturday, October 17
United Way of Western Crawford County

Make a Difference Day is an annual event for volunteers to cooperate on local community projects in western Crawford County. This is a chance for us to come together and take care of our neighbors through hands-on projects. To request a project, call the project hotline before September 15 at 724-5968. Volunteers may contact the United Way of Western Crawford County to register.


Meadville Time Trade

Saturday, October 24
10:30 am – 12 pm
CHAPS (944 Liberty St.)
Presented by Barb Newcamp of Meadville Time Trade

Time banking is a way of giving and receiving to build supportive networks and strong communities. Meadville Time Trade, a local time bank organization, will host an interactive presentation in which attendees will learn the benefits of having a local time bank, how to strengthen community through service exchanges, and how to register as a member. For more information on the time banking movement, click here. For more information on our local Time Trade, visit their website or check them out on Facebook.