The Together We Rise DC philosophy is led by the belief that the people are the medicine, not the patients. Therefore, we implement asset-based solutions to address social ills, such as violence, crime, truancy, and other symptoms related to poverty. This asset-based approach to mental wellness requires strengthening our social immune systems (resilience), so our most under-loved people, families, and communities can navigate trauma, stress, and emotional pain without falling by the wayside. We include holistic health, mindfulness, family preservation, economic security, and mental health support to comprehensive, evidence-based, and data-driven approaches to achieve individual, family, and community well-being.
We turn lemons into lemonade by identifying the Credible individuals that have chosen transformation themselves. This involves trenchwork, relationship, and trust building with individuals most likely to become a gun-violence headline. This also entails intentionally influencing mindsets to cease-fires, mediations, reconciliation, and moving to other options outside of retaliation. We understand that Violence-Interrupters will encounter many situations that are re-triggering. Therefore, we intentionally wrap around our interrupters with mental health and self-care support. We also connect to a platform for them to become certified life coaches with special de-escalation skills.
Our Violence Interrupters are Credible because they have transformed the same shared experience as the target clients. This means most will have been involved with gunplay and crime, and most have been incarcerated. The most relevant qualifications for Violence Interrupters are their previous experience working with "Shooters and Neighborhood Influencers." They will also be great communicators and influencers with a burning passion for giving back and creating a legacy other than crime and violence for future generations.
Together We Rise DC see Individuals, Families, and Communities excited about tomorrow because they found self-love, divine purpose, cultural heritage, and healing from past trauma to be more attractive than numbing themselves through self-medication and surviving poverty through crime and violence.
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