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Brighter Stories is a podcast about eliminating poverty and empowering people by giving them the tools they need to build independent lives that they love. We’ll tackle a variety of topics such as trauma informed care, outreach, paternalism, and more. We’ll also hear testimonies from Graduates of the Restoration Program, Victory Mission’s long-term discipleship program that transforms lives through a “wholistic” approach.

Brighter Stories Victory Mission

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Brighter Stories is a podcast about eliminating poverty and empowering people by giving them the tools they need to build independent lives that they love. We’ll tackle a variety of topics such as trauma informed care, outreach, paternalism, and more. We’ll also hear testimonies from Graduates of the Restoration Program, Victory Mission’s long-term discipleship program that transforms lives through a “wholistic” approach.

    Providing Dignity and Compassion: Trauma Informed Care with Kevin Stratton, LPC

    Providing Dignity and Compassion: Trauma Informed Care with Kevin Stratton, LPC

    What does it mean to be trauma informed?

    I had the chance to sit down with Victory Mission’s Licensed Professional Counselor Kevin Stratton to talk about just that. Kevin counsels men who come to Victory from addiction, homelessness, or incarceration, and he’s seen around 400 men in the last four years. Of those 400 men, about 70% of them deal with trauma of some kind.

    In this episode, Kevin talks about how to provide dignity and empower individuals while being respectful of their past experiences. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

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    Follow Victory Mission on Facebook and Instagram:

    Facebook: @victorymission

    Instagram: @victory.mission

    • 54 min
    Living in Total Freedom: Restoration Graduate Testimony

    Living in Total Freedom: Restoration Graduate Testimony

    I sat down with Restoration Graduate David Saville (or “Cadillac Saville” as he’s known to his friends) to talk about what his life was like before the Restoration Program and how God showed up to change things. Dave spent 30 years in addiction and now He’s living in total freedom through Christ. 

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    Follow Victory Mission on Facebook and Instagram:

    Facebook: @victorymission

    Instagram: @victory.mission

    • 30 min
    Dependence, Paternalism, and Our Response to Poverty with James Whitford

    Dependence, Paternalism, and Our Response to Poverty with James Whitford

    We’ve all noticed the man or woman standing at the busy intersection holding up a cardboard sign. Or perhaps we have a neighbor, friend, or family member who's stuck in the grips of poverty. Have you found yourself challenged with the big questions about how you can really be helpful? We want to see our communities thrive, but how can we get there? Those are the questions we hope to answer during our first episode.

    I'm talking with James Whitford, the Executive Director of Watered Gardens Rescue Mission and founder of the True Charity Initiative. During my conversation with James, we discuss challenging topics like learned helplessness, the five steps to paternalism, and how creating a dependency on charity hurts the whole community. 

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    Follow Victory Mission on Facebook and Instagram: 

    Facebook: @victorymission

    Instagram: @victory.mission

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

Mindy M. — Springfield, MO ,

Challenging the ways I think about charity

After listening to this episode with James Whitford, I find myself challenged about my own approaches to tackling poverty. There’s a lot to chew on here!

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