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Chester Community Coalition - Annual Report

The coronavirus pandemic has been a challenge to navigate for everyone. From school and work closures to quarantine, we have all had to grapple with an unprecedented global event. Chester Community Coalition was no exception. We stopped our programming and worked from home in compliance with CDC and State guidance. We tried hard to adjust to the evolving face of the pandemic, developing new ways to embody our mission of providing healing and reducing violence in Chester. For continuity of are we switched to teletherapy, for example, using a HIPAA compliant platform called to deliver sessions.

Thank you for your trust in us over the last three years. We hope to continue to earn it every day moving forward. Our annual report captures the ways we have grown and learned this past year and we are grateful to continue to be of service in the City of Chester.

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Helping a Family to Cope with Tragedy

On August 15, 2018, shortly before 9:30 p.m., police were dispatched to the 1000 block of James Street for a report of as many as six gunshots fired. There, they found the body of 25-year-old Kassim Brown, pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

The next morning, Kassim’s Great-Aunt Selina Reese not only had to deal with the inevitable pain that resulted from such a tragedy, but had to be strong for Layla, her 7-year-old great-niece and Kassim’s daughter who she was now guardian of.  “When you do go through this situation, you feel like you’re the only one going through it,” Selina, who had previously never experienced loss from gun violence.

They were able to find that help through the Chester Community Coalition, a local non-profit organization that provides free trauma support services to victims and families directly affected by violence.

The organization offers everything from individual and group counseling with licensed therapists, to case management services such as securing food and completing job applications.

Selina and Layla were part of a 12-week trauma therapy group that brought together families bereaved by violence and licensed, experienced therapists. This was particularly helpful to Selina, “They’re the ones to help you think about it and challenge you in a way that a peer might not think to."

Chester Community Coalition offers a unique approach to violence prevention in Chester by treating the trauma at the heart of intentional violence. Through trauma informed group and individual therapy, survivors of assault or those bereaved by murder can address their post-traumatic stress, depression, or complicated grief to reduce the likelihood of retaliatory violence, reinjury, or death.  

In addition to their counseling services, the Chester Community Coalition is now partnering with Crozer-Chester Medical Center and the Chester Peace Initiative (Cure Violence) to create a Hospital-linked Violence Intervention Program (HVIP). HVIPs provide psychosocial support to gunshot survivors, who are paired with peer caseworkers and culturally competent therapists. 
On December 1, 2020, people all around the world are coming together to tap into the power of human connection, strengthen communities, and change the world.  Will you be one of them?

The Chester Community Coalition offers free trauma-informed programming and art therapy to children and parents in Chester who are survivors of violence. Counselling sessions are in the evening, so working parents can participate and are available year-round.

To do our work we need you.

Your support means we can offer free counseling for survivors of murder or violent assault.

We can offer individual therapy for those whose experience of violence is too recent for them to benefit from a group setting.

Your donations also mean:

  • We can offer families safe door-to-door transportation (via Lyft)
  • We can offer families dinner (safely pre-boxed)
  • We can send home craft supplies for remote art therapy
  • We can buy supplies for outreach, to start families’ healing journeys

For those who prefer to donate by check, please make check out to “Urban Affairs Coalition, Chester Community Coalition”, and mail to:

Urban Affairs Coalition 
Attn. Lee Wall
Suite 700
1207 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA  19107

 703 Central Ave. 
Chester, PA 19013
 (610) 368-0714
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