Southside Trauma-Informed Community Network

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg formed the Southside Trauma-Informed Community Network (Southside TICN) in August 2016, after numerous community leaders and organizations expressed interest in coming together to better understand trauma-informed care and incorporate its best practices into their work.

Meeting Recordings and Minutes

  • View flyers and minutes from previous meetings here.
  • Watch recordings of our 2020 Southside TICN Meetings here.
  • Watch recordings of our 2021 Southside TICN Meetings here.
  • Watch recordings of our 2022 Southside TICN Meetings here.


Trauma-informed care describes an approach that recognizes the physical and mental impact of traumatic experiences, such as abuse, domestic violence and poverty. Individuals who experience multiple traumatic experiences are more likely to experience negative consequences, including substance abuse and mental and physical illness. For children and young adults, traumatic experiences – known as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) – can have an acute, long-lasting impact on cognitive, social and emotional development.

By recognizing the impact of traumatic experiences and responding accordingly, members of United Way’s Southside Trauma-Informed Community Network are helping individuals and families in Petersburg receive better, more effective care and support that will lead to long term success.


The mission of the Southside Trauma-Informed Care Network is to promote and to enhance individual and community resilience through:

  • Building relationships and partnerships by breaking down barriers and creating trust.
  • Facilitating communication, information and resource sharing.
  • Promoting trauma awareness among Southside TICN members and the broader community.
  • Offering or coordinating training for providers, schools, government agencies, and residents.
  • Raising awareness of information and practices within:
    • Schools
    • Social Services
    • Law Enforcement
    • Court Services
  • Assisting emergency management and Emergency Support Function (ESF) partners.
  • Maximizing movement and utilization of existing resources.


Southside TICN exists to create a community of wholeness and to recreate the norm from trauma to resilience by building awareness, knowledge and engagement of trauma recovery. As individuals and organizations, we set free limiting mindsets that have led to practices, policies, and institutions that write off children, youth, adults or families. Rather, we embrace change-thinking that instills a sense of hope and dispels hopelessness.

Network members resolve to acknowledge our own trauma, care for ourselves and each other, and work to remain strong and whole in our own lives and to walk in our own authentic truths. Working together in all areas, we further resolve to build a community where everyone is connected and experiences a sense of safety and belonging. When we convene, there is no us vs. them, there is only we.

Learn more about what it takes to build and maintain a trauma-informed community network with information from the Family & Children’s Trust Fund.

Member Committees

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee is responsible for reviewing the structures and practices of the organization and reporting its findings and recommendations to the Leadership Team.  Their focus areas are as follows:

  • Mission
  • Vision
  • Policy
  • Overarching theme
  • Setting up systems
Program Committee

The Programming Committee supports the Leadership Team in ensuring quality programming for the audiences we serve.  They meet to determine projects and programming, assessments, training, focus on specific programs and ways of enhancing those programs and events.  Their focus areas are as follows:

  • Community outreach
  • Community engagement
  • Event planning
  • Evaluation
Marketing (Public Relations) Committee

The public relations committee is an advisory committee brings unique marketing experience.  Their role is to create ideas and act as a sounding board for marketing strategies and tools, develop and hone innovative ideas, and provide feedback on marketing activities as requested by the marketing team.  Their focus areas are as follows:

  • Social media
  • Public relations
  • Website
  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Graphic design
  • Develop materials

Network meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month in the multi-purpose room at the Petersburg library. Learn more about upcoming events here.




January 21, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

February 18, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

February 25, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

March 18, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

April 15, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

May 20, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

June 17, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

July 15, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

August 19, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

September 16, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

October 13, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

October 21, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

November 18, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

December 16, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Joining the network is easy. Please complete the new member survey for more information.

With questions, please email