Are you using a trauma informed approach?

In our current school system, almost 50% of all children have experienced at least one ACE or Adverse Childhood Experience.  These include things like having a parent that is dependent on drugs or alcohol, abuse, neglect, and a dangerous environment.  Although these may sound like things only experienced in an urban, or high poverty area, … Continue reading Are you using a trauma informed approach?

Removing Chains of Child Abuse Book Review

Top customer reviews 5.0 out of 5 stars The collective voices of this anthology rise up By James on June 10, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase The collective voices of this anthology rise up as a rightful specter over the insidious realities of child abuse in all its forms. Thank you to its authors for finding the courage … Continue reading Removing Chains of Child Abuse Book Review

Family Man by Bettye Westbrook

My name is Bettye Jones-Westbrook.  I was born in a family of ten siblings. Six sisters and four brothers. My parents did the best that they could to raise us with God’s help.  My parents were not educated.  My momma learned to read when my oldest sister started school. They learned together.  My daddy never learned … Continue reading Family Man by Bettye Westbrook

Life is hard.  Life is not fair.

Forward from Stories of Hope Life is hard.  Life is not fair.  We’ve all heard these phrases, spoken them ourselves about our own lives, and helped family or friends through circumstances where these phrases apply all too well.   Some of us, if we are lucky, don’t have to endure the heartache these simple words bring … Continue reading Life is hard.  Life is not fair.

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Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Legacy

"When I was a child, I used to sit on the floor at my grandmother’s feet while she told me stories of her life. She told me to never forget, but I only remember a few. She expressed how she had to defend herself because she was small. Through that story, I learned that I … Continue reading Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Legacy

TGIM & Texas ReEntry: Justice Reinvestment for a Better Tomorrow

TGIM and Texas ReEntry Services, INC have partnered together to implement Writing for the Soul Workshop™ as a realistic criminal justice  strategy that safely reduces the State's costly reliance on incarceration– creating stronger families, less taxpayer waste, and safer communities. TGIM developed Writing for the Soul Workshop™ as a resource in direct response to the growing … Continue reading TGIM & Texas ReEntry: Justice Reinvestment for a Better Tomorrow