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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – After another year of record-breaking homicides in Louisville, a city initiative is working to connect families to services like therapy to help them deal with trauma.

The Trauma Resilient Community (TRC) initiative is a five-year, $5 million federal grant that addresses violence and trauma in the community. The project was first announced in 2018.

So far, project officials said the main focus has been on working with organizations and partners known as “backbone agencies” to train people who respond to and provide services to families.

One of these grassroots organizations is the Center for Women and Families.

“We play a critical role in first becoming resilient ourselves. We try to support people who support people,” said Laura Saeed, from the Center for Women and Families.

Saeed said the Center works with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

“Layer after layer after layer of trauma is important,” she said.

In 2022, the TRC project is focusing more on an individual approach, where organizers reach out to members of the community who might be interested in the services.

“We have money set aside for free therapy for families who are dealing with loss from gun violence that they can come in and they can just come right in and get help,” said Nannette Dix, with the Trauma Resilient Community Project.

Recently, thousands of letters have been sent to homes in West and South Louisville highlighting the services provided through the TRC Project and information on how to get online.

“You don’t know how many calls I get from people who get this mail,” Dix said.

The project aims to provide trauma treatment to 400 children and their families. So far, Dix said the TRC project has helped about half that amount.

While the grant focuses on working with families in west and south Louisville, Dix said anyone affected by trauma is encouraged to contact these services.

“We will make sure they get the right treatment option for them. If anyone is affected by gun violence, call me by all means. We will make sure we connect them to the services that will help them. I have people who call me weekly who may not necessarily meet the grant requirements, but I make sure they get the help they need Our expanded TRC model will be very holistic in its approach to deal with anyone affected by trauma,” Dix said in a statement.

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