A new home . . . and a new name
January 2021 ->
It is bittersweet to announce that TRHT Chicago has moved to a new home. For the past three years we have been part of the Woods Fund, who provided back office support as well as implementing the program until 2019, when they brought on Jose Rico and Pilar Audain. Jose and Pilar focused their efforts in the grassroots, rebuilding trust in communities of color and prioritizing the training of Black, Indigenous, Latinx and non-Black people of color to become paid racial healing practitioners. They held Healing Circles in communities struggling with violence and in communities that have been historically disinvested in. They infused the TRHT program with Indigenous and African cultural and healing elements, focusing the program back to its roots. They insisted that folks of color should first heal together.
Three years ago, TRHT had 48 trained Practitioners. Today, over 300 individuals of color are trained Healing Practitioners, with 100 being young people of color. They have transformed the program to include a workforce development model by pushing 90% of TRHT’s revenue to these practitioners, professionalizing the racial healing practitioner skillset, and towards small businesses of color (95% of TRHT’s vendors are small businesses owned by people of color). TRHT Greater Chicago now delivers over 50 racial healing circles a month – at the community level, at the organizational level and in the halls of local government.
With this growing expansion of work, TRHT Chicago has come to encompass a larger movement: the Solidarity Heals Movement. As Solidarity Heals, we will continue to conduct TRHT Racial Healing Circles…but we also have some exciting new announcements coming up in the next few months.
As of January 2021, Solidarity Heals will be housed under the Chicago Community Trust to help us continue to center racial healing in Chicago’s healing journey.