We recommend that you read Matthew Spandler-Davison's article on 20schemes Equip called "How a Healthy Church Offers Hope for the Abused." In it, Spandler-Davison outlines the need for and the potential of churchs to be safe environments for the survivors of abuse.
The resurrection, the renewal of the body in the return of Christ, offers a uniquely better word of hope to survivors of trauma than any vague message of “going to a better place after death” that our culture offers.
In the neighborhood surrounding the NEU office (and in most urban poor communities), the poverty rate is between 45% and 50%. That means a family of four makes less than $24,860 a year. But the dollars are not the only problem, or even the main problem. Poverty generates a complex web of related brokenness, and often leads to a downward spiral of suffering.