Kalamazoo / Battle Creek
The year 2016 was marred by tragedy in the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek communities. On February 20, 2016, six people were killed and two were critically injured after a shooter opened fire at three different locations in Kalamazoo County.
Less than four months later, five cyclists were killed and four were critically injured when a motorist struck the riders.
With the aim of assisting those impacted by these tragedies, the Kalamazoo / Battle Creek Resiliency Project (“KBCRP”) was initiated. Through its funding from the Crime Victims Services Commission, the KBCRP is a database of healing resources, complete with a victim / survivor navigator to serve the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek communities.
After incidents of mass violence, victim assistance providers face the daunting task of coordinating effective and timely responses. The Kalamazoo / Battle Creek Resiliency Project is designed to supplement the available resources and services of those responding agencies.
"Trauma” is a set of normal human responses to stressful and threatening experiences. The year 2016 taught us that communities can collectively experience trauma much like individuals do. But, they can also be a resource for healing. We believe that building trauma-informed communities is essential to resiliency.
Strategies for healing from community trauma include developing community education for individual and collective resilience. We believe that supporting a framework to address and prevent community trauma is essential to the development, health and well-being of our communities.