SRQ Strong is a growing group of Sarasota County residents committed to promoting awareness about the causes of trauma, its effects, and help and healing after trauma. SRQ Strong actively supports all efforts in the community to prevent and address trauma.
SRQ Strong builds on lessons from the civil rights movement, second wave feminism, and the disability rights movement. We owe a debt of gratitude to many individuals and groups who have generously shard their experience on this journey to becoming trauma-informed - In particular, Peace4Tarpon, the Self-healing Communities Model, and Father Paul Abernathy and the Neighborhood Resilience Project.
We believe that by building trust, establishing safety, and listening deeply, we open the door to healing; by providing education about trauma and resilience we give people tools for change; and by organizing collective, community-driven action, we help people find their own solutions and develop their own leadership potential.
Physical and emotional safety are essential to growth and change. We strive to create safe environments and communities, recognizing that only the individuals involved can determine what feels safe in any situation.
Recovery from trauma is a journey of self-healing. To be a companion on this journey is both a privilege and a sacred honor. We affirm that survivors did nothing to deserve what happened to them, and we commit to being a witness to their story.
All people are welcome at our table and in our community. Inclusion is more than an open door; it involves meeting people where they feel comfortable, seeking to overcome the differences that divide us, and doing whatever is necessary to make activities accessible to all.
All healing and sustainable change occurs in the context of trusting relationships. We strive to be transparent in all actions and we seek to be worthy of trust at all times.
Our job is to elevate individual and community wisdom, and to provide opportunities for people to find their own voice and make their own decisions.
We affirm that all people of all ages have a unique gift to bring to the process of healing communities. We commit to a model of equality and partnership, and we work to eliminate the power imbalances that privilege some groups over others.
Standing up with victims of violence and systemic oppression, advocating for their rights, and working to end racism and all forms of discrimination is essential to our work.
We recognize that violence and trauma are putting our children, our communities, and our future at risk. Addressing these issues is a matter of great urgency.
Offering workshops on how to heal your own trauma and facilitate trauma healing in others, led by Helen Neal-Ali.
Spreading the message about trauma and healing, led by Carrie Seidman.
Addressing systemic issues of trauma through policy reform and community action, led by Andy Blanch.
Supporting the development of community leaders.