What is Connections Matter?
Connections Matter is a community-based initiative is designed to engage community members in building caring connections to build strong, safe, resilient communities and families.
Through our public awareness campaign, workshops, trainings, and technical assistance, we will work with partners across NC to bring awareness to the intersecting topics of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, brain development, and resilience and what we all can do to support our children and families.
Connections Matter NC is a collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse NC.
What is a Connections Matter Congregation?
A Connections Matter Congregation invests in building a safe and nurturing environment for children and families. Connections Matter is a community effort reminding us that relationships are the most important brain builders for children, families and communities.
Faith communities and leaders are equipped with an understanding of the impact of toxic stress, and their special role in supporting their community’s health and well-being, can make profound progress in building resilience by supporting individuals and families through building resilient and connected congregations.
Our NC faith communities play a special role in supporting our community’s health and well-being. You offer unique resources and perspectives to connecting a community’s faith traditions with messages that strengthen Protective Factors in your community.
Social connections our faith communities provide are key Protective Factors not only in reducing the effects of trauma, but also are essential in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
Become a CM Congregation
Learn how you can become a Connections Matter Congregation.
- Faith Community White Paper
- What does it mean for a ministry to be “trauma-informed”?
- Seven Key Traits of a Trauma-Informed Congregation
- Building Resilient Communities through Trauma Informed Congregations
- Growing Hope: The Healing Potential of Trauma-Informed Faith Communities
- Trauma Informed Congregations
Tools and resources to help your congregation celebrate the Children’s Sabbath.