About the Somerville Trauma Response Network (STRN)
The mission of the STRN is to build a team of Somerville community members to respond when a traumatic event involving youth occurs in the city. We train, organize, and maintain readiness of a team of volunteers who know our youth through a broad range of contact in the community. Our purpose is to provide supportive and informed responses to our youths' needs related to trauma.
Team & Training
Why STRN in Somerville?
Team & Training
All STRN team members are trained in school and community-based Post-Traumatic Stress Management (PTSM) which focuses on the mental, physical, behavioral and emotional impact of trauma on youth. We offer several free 3-day trainings a year in basic PTSM to Somerville community members through the Children's Trauma Recovery Foundation, as well as advanced training and skills practice for those who have taken PTSM.
The STRN team consists of people who live and/or work in Somerville, including:
- School staff and faculty
- Guidance counselors
- Police officers
- Clergy members
- Youth workers
- Community organizers
- City volunteers
- Substance abuse counselors
Our goal is to train and sustain a team made up of all community members who interface regularly with Somerville youth.
Why STRN in Somerville?
The City has faced a series of tragedies with the loss of many youth to suicide, drug overdoses, and sudden violent death. Since its inception in the spring of 2004, the STRN has been formally activated three times. STRN members throughout the community also use their skills and knowledge daily to help youth struggling in the aftermath of trauma.
Somerville has a deep commitment to helping its young community. Throughout the City, in various community programs, efforts are being made to hear our youth's concerns, to prevent substance abuse, self-injury, and violence, and to engage young people in healthy, protective, and positive activities. The STRN is the post-vention part of this larger picture, helping to make connections between trauma survivors and already existing community supports. By providing a supportive presence when the unthinkable happens, we hope to enable the natural resiliency and strengths of our youth and the larger community.
FY18 Community Preservation Act Affordable Housing Funding Applications Now Available: Deadline May 23, 2018
Residents, organizations, and businesses are invited to submit applications for the funding of eligible affordable housing programs or projects via its annual distribution of Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds.
Plan establishes the annual funding allocations for Community Preservation Act funds; Workshop offers tips on how to apply for funding
The Somerville Community Preservation Committee invites all interested community members to hear about the FY 2018 Community Preservation Act (CPA) historic resources and open space/recreational land project proposals before the Community Preservation Committee, and offer feedback on which dese
Somerville Community Preservation Committee Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Community Preservation Act
Residents invited to join the Committee for a walking tour and community celebration on September 9.
The Community Preservation Committee is made up of Somerville residents who set the priorities for approximately $2 million in Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds each year and recommend which projects should be funded to the Board of Aldermen.
Application materials for this year’s Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds as well as the FY18 Community Preservation Plan, which sets the funding allocations and priorities for the year, are now available.
Learn more at www.somervillema.gov/CPA
This summer, the City’s Community Preservation Act (CPA) program is being evaluated to help us learn what its strengths are, how we can improve, and how well known the program is.
Do you have a passion for affordable housing, historic preservation, and parks and open space?
Join Mayor Joseph Curtatone, the Somerville Community Preservation Committee (CPC), and the Friends of the Community Path to celebrate the reopening of the Grove-to- Cedar section of the Community Path following repaving work that occurred this month.