By Nancy Kunkler, public relations manager

Sandy Lowe, chief program development officer for Wellspring Family Services in Seattle, a member of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Change in Mind cohort, took a “What if?” approach in her recent blog post on a deadly shooting in Seattle by teenagers living in tents near the city’s Major League Baseball stadium.

In the blog post titled, “We CAN make a difference,” Lowe described how critical support for children’s healthy development, as well as support to families in crises, could not only prevent instances of future violence, but strengthen the entire community.

She cites brain science in her post in in a way that provides hope, “Experiences shape the brain. Drugs, violence and homelessness tilt the scale toward tragedy. Understanding this gives us a framework to develop effective strategies to address the root causes of family crises and cultivate resiliency.”