A Trauma Informed MSV
By Sr. Salvatrice Murphy, DC, LCSW
“We can’t go back to the way things were before.”
“We are all in this together.”
“Protective equipment is not just for ourselves, but to reduce the risk of harm for the most vulnerable among us.”
No doubt you’ve heard one – or all – of these statements over the past ten weeks. They are true. In a sense, they have always been true. Seen through the lens of our Vincentian Values the COVID-19 pandemic presents us with the opportunity to live our mission giving voice to those in need in a whole new way while continuing the good we have been doing all along.
As our Reopening Task Force dives deep into the hard work of developing a safe, effective, flexible, and trauma-informed strategy for resuming services we are reminded how we are blessed with the wisdom of our founders, the support of our donors and the creative compassion of our entire MSV famiy.
We can’t go back.
Being deeply rooted in our charism of Charity makes MSV strong. But roots do not exist for their own sake, rather they are in service to the work of growth. As we find ourselves in dark, muddy environment of pandemic we rely on the strength of our roots to propel us toward a vibrant future. Needs are changing, and MSV is growing to meet them. From expanded food pantry services to virtual home visits, tele-therapy, and digital education resources, MSV continues to serve in new and creative ways.
We are in this together.
Through a solidarity that advocates empowerment, we have not been stunted in our mission but have sprung forth with new life to shrink the digital divide, share resources, and respond to social-emotional needs. With virtual social gatherings, staff trainings, feedback surveys, check-in calls, and commitment to a trauma-informed approach, MSV continues to build vibrant, healthy communities.
Not just for ourselves, but to reduce the risk of harm for others.
In the same way that we are working to reduce potential harm from the dangers of an invisible coronavirus, we are also committed to reducing potential harm from the dangers of trauma exposure. The entire MSV staff has engaged with the Reopen Task Force, putting in an enormous amount of work to review policy, procedure, and protocols in every department so that MSV continues to grow forward as a safe, effective, flexible, and trauma-informed agency.