Healing happens best when it happens together.

Michael's Story

During the spring of 2010, I worked for several dozen hours over three months at SET Ministry offices in low-income residential buildings. This was part of my training for the Catholic diaconate. It was an eye-opening and indeed transforming experience.



Hope through Healing

We ask “What happened to you?” rather than “What’s wrong with you?” when working with youth and adults who are not proficient at the activities of daily life. SET understands that, in many cases, behavioral problems are a primary symptom of unhealed childhood trauma. We are trained to read the behavioral cues that indicate someone needs healing. Through a healing philosophy known as trauma-informed care, SET recognizes and acknowledges the presence of trauma symptoms.

We respond with compassion, earning trust, assuring safe experiences, uncovering strengths and promoting autonomous choices. We are place-based and do our work where people live. As healing progresses, people gain a sense of hope for their future.

Compassion is not the bending toward the underprivileged from a privileged position; it is not a reaching out from on high to those who are less fortunate below; it is not a gesture of sympathy or pity for those who fail to make it in the upward pull. On the contrary, compassion means going directly to those people and places where suffering is most acute and building a home there.

- Compassion, Henri Nouwen, Donald P. McNeill and Douglas A. Morrison

We look for the underlying root cause of symptoms, so that the healing and skill building may occur. Earning trust and promoting a safe experience are the first steps toward healing. As healing progresses, people gain a sense of hope for their future.

It’s Never too Late for Healing

SET works with people of all ages - children, parents and grandparents. We bring about healing in all stages of life.

  • SET works with children in their classroom each week to bring about healing and teach the skills needed so they are ready to learn.
  • SET guides hundreds of parents each year to set goals and develop skills so they can build a stable home for their children.
  • SET supports grandparents to age in place and remain an active part of the family’s social life, providing a source of stability to children and grandchildren.

Healing Happens Together

Healing happens best when it happens together; in the context of a family, within peer-to-peer groups and by bringing diverse communities together. When people get involved in their community and participate, when families connect, healing occurs.

SET facilitates experiences where families and groups feel safe, welcome and are able to develop a sense of belonging. Members work together to solve problems, make decisions, communicate and socialize. People develop the skills for positive interactions and cultivate trusted relationships.




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