During a news conference on November 21, Richland One, the United Way of the Midlands, Richland County Government and Communities in Schools of the Midlands announced the launch of the Resilient Richland initiative at Watkins-Nance Elementary School.
A resiliency team, comprised of a community-based social worker and a school-based behavior interventionist, will provide immediate counseling and other services to students and their families impacted by trauma, such as food insecurity, abuse and homelessness. The two-year pilot project was funded by Richland County Government. Additional support was provided by Children’s Trust of South Carolina, Nord Family Foundation and Sisters of Charity Foundation.
It’s estimated that 67% of Richland County residents have suffered trauma during their lifetime. Resilient Richland hopes to raise awareness around childhood trauma to shatter taboos, end painful silences and create healing. Watkins-Nance is one of two Richland County schools in the pilot program. To learn more about the initiative, go to resilientrichland.org.
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