Greater Williamsburg Trauma - Informed Community Network


"Supporting a trauma-aware, resilient and compassionate community"


We’re Calling all Agencies & Organizations to Join Us Now!

Do you lead a for-profit, non-profit or Government agency that employs people to deliver human services?

Then the Trauma-Informed Agency Self-Assessment Survey is for you! Greater Williamsburg is on its way to becoming a trauma-responsive community because 18 local agencies have committed to assessing their work environment for trauma-informed practices. 

Join this change process! Click HERE NOW to commit! 

Resilience Helps us Heal!

Keep Going


Visit the TICN's Resilience Rock Garden in Freedom Park.  #ResilienceRocks have a space in our garden to show off messages of joy, healing, hope, and survival.  Painting rocks is a mindful activity with cultural significance, and we need your help to grow our garden!  See some of our #ResilienceRocks that are in Freedom Park and learn more about this initiative on our Resilience Rock Garden Facebook page.

Meet our 2023 Leadership Team




It takes a collective effort to run this Network. The Steering Committee wants your ideas and needs your feedback to be an effective leadership team.  Join the Network and have an impact on what we do and how we do it!


We Want to Hear From You!

Remember that if our Networks are to thrive we must stay connected to our community. We must be able to target the needs of our families and children, those who identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ, those who have migrated in and/or are seeking to emigrate out. Please, feel safe and free to inform us - right here and now - where you see the need for our services.

If you haven't heard, #ResilienceRocks!  We hope we're bringing you more specific ways to minimize harm and reduce one's encounter with traumatic experiences.  If not, you should connect and share your ideas for a more robust, creative, and targeted workshops - Contact us above TODAY!

Registration is Always Open!

Submit your Member Registration Form now and re-new your commitment to the Network! 

The Public Awareness Committee, the Training Committee, and the Assessment & Indicators Committee are seeking interested members to join and work on implementing our strategies. Yes, that's right - we need you to guide the implementation of our strategies in 2022! 

what assets

Your whole-hearted participation in building a unified, professional response to trauma-informed care is vital! We want to ensure everyone's talents are pooled at the right time to do the right job, so share with us: What assets do you bring to the table?

Next General Membership Meeting - Mon., Oct. 9

All are welcome to attend! Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of every EVEN month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. via Zoom. Click here to register for our next meeting. 

Access all minute meetings & resources relative to our General Members and our GM Meetings here.

Our 5 Strategies:

Build an inclusive coalition that recognizes diverse cultures

Develop community-wide indicators to measure progress

Establish a broad network of resources to enhance impact

Create a range of community platforms that acknowledge trauma, empathy & resilience

Provide a customizable menu of trauma informed opportunities for diverse populations

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Click here to catch a replay of our virtual events from Resilience Week VA 2021 now!

About Us

Welcome to the Greater Williamsburg Trauma-Informed Community Network! 

Representatives of the GW-TICN are from public and private community organizations serving individuals and families across the lifespan throughout Williamsburg, James City County, York County, and Poquoson. These representatives meet regularly through General Membership meeting to share ideas and resources, as well as plan future activities and initiatives. 

Rebecca Vinroot, Director of the JCC Department of Social Services, spearheaded the formation of the Greater Williamsburg network and is the Chair of GW-TICN.

Rebecca Vinroot 
757-259-3104 | 

Join our work:
Shari Wiltshire

GW-TICN Coordinator
340-514-3069 |

What is a TICN?

There are more than 20 communities in Virginia coming together to support trauma-informed care across professional disciplines. Most of these communities have formed Trauma-Informed Community Networks (TICNs). 

The goal of a TICN, as guided by the Family & Children's Trust Fund framework, is to "leverage the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma to build relationships, convene regularly, and advocate a common agenda around resilience."

TICNs share common characteristics: to spread awareness; to conduct trainings to support and implement new practices in schools, courts, health and social service departments. These initiatives help connect people and private agencies across disciplines and encourage them to identify gaps in their policies and practices to implement trauma-informed care.

Assessments & Indicators – Open to members. Established to develop community-wide indicators to measure our Network's progress.

Racial-Trauma – Closed to members. Established in ’21 by those with a particular interest in this subject matter to gain confidence in discussing racial identity and racial experiences as it relates to historic and collective trauma to one day facilitate the conversation with others.

Public Awareness – Open to members. Established to create a broad network of resources and communication to enhance impact AND to create a range of community platforms to acknowledge trauma, build empathy and resilience

Training – Open to members. Established to provide a customizable menu of trauma-informed training opportunities that is available for diverse populations in the community. The Training Committee works to program Resilience Week. Click below for the roster of events held during:

Resilience Week '21

Resilience Week '22

2023 GW-TICN Newsletters










Boundaries, Breaks and Balance - Amanda Lynch

Creating a Healthy Work/Life Balance - Ellen Williams

Saving Heroes and Heroines - Dr. Allison Sampson-Jackson

Trauma and the Brain - Kit Leffel

Window of Tolerance - Michelle Weed

Adverse Childhood Experiences - Keith Cartwright

Crisis & Prevention Lifelines

Colonial Behavioral Health-Emergency Services: 757-378-5555

24/7 crisis assessment and referral services to individuals living in James City County, Poquoson, Williamsburg and York County.

REACH: DD Crisis Services: 1-888-255-2989

24/7 mobile crisis intervention program that provides crisis support to individuals with a Developmental Disability who are experiencing mental health or challenging behavioral needs.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people, (age 13-24 yrs.).

Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255Press 1

24/7 crisis lifeline for Veterans and their family members

Community Partner Resources

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

#Be There for a Veteran in Crisis

Even One Is Too Many: Preventing Suicide among Black American Boys and Girls

NAMI's Suicide Prevention Awareness Month information

Suicide Prevention Toolkit