On February 15, 2019, five Justice Jobs graduates met for our first “monthly” Move-UP Dinner since late November. In December and January, the weather forced postponement of our dinners, so we were happy to be able to get together again!

Following generous helpings of Chef Connie’s baked ziti, Kathy Powderly from Hagerstown’s Area Religious Council (HARC) led a valuable workshop on ACEs — short for “Adverse Childhood Experiences.” ACEs are common in people who have experienced addiction, incarceration, homelessness, mental illness, and chronic unemployment. Not everyone who comes to Justice Jobs has experienced ACEs. However, understanding ACEs helps all of us communicate with and help others who suffer lingering effects from childhood trauma.

Kathy’s presentation focused on identifying ACEs and how we can transcend them in adult life. Resilience is the key to building a better life. Kathy not only challenged us to be resilient; she showed us concrete ways we can apply our new understanding of ACEs in order to build resilience in our lives and in those of people around us.

Thanks to Kathy and her able, assistant, Martha, for a workshop that was useful to us all!