Every child is precious.
Hope Street equips ALL who touch the lives of children with what they need, so they can give children what they need.
Every child should feel precious, loved & safe.
With her Early Childhood Development and Elementary Education foundations at Messiah University, Kirsten Freitag Murray began her career as a Title I Public School Teacher in Elkhart, IN, co-directed the Lancaster (PA) Mother’s Center, served as a lactation consultant, led a Family Life Education Department that provided evidence-based parenting support throughout 13 school districts, delivering and supervising direct service delivery of Strengthening Families for Parents & Youth (10-14).
Most recently Kirsten served as Director of Development and Public Relations at Creative Health Services, a Community Behavioral Health Center serving 6,000+ individuals yearly, and worked on foundational aspects of trauma-informed community development in Philadelphia and Pottstown, PA.
Ms. Freitag Murray is the Executive Director of Hope Street, Inc., a trauma-informed care training agency grounded in Trust Based Relational Interventions® (TBRI®).
In this role she also serves as the Servant Leader of Hope & Healing JAX, bringing together those already working in Jacksonville to address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma to promote healing and build resilience. Networking to STRENGTHEN and GROW existing EFFORTS.
Ms. Freitag Murray is passionate to strengthen trauma informed behavioral health awareness, attitudes, understanding, and practice for individuals, organizations, providers, and those we serve by aligning partners, programs, and policies to relationally address complex issues. Her commitment to strengthening parents and families remains top of her list, as evidenced in the recent publication by the American Association of Pediatrics piece, “Engaging Parents Who Have Experienced Trauma and Marginalization in a Strengths-based Partnership” with Michael Ryan, LPC. Reaching Teens: Strength-Based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development, Ginsburg, Kenneth MD Editor, Second Edition; American Academy of Pediatrics, 2020.
Kirsten’s expertise and experience, along with her work as a TBRI® practitioner, position her well to realize the mission of Hope Street. “Anyone can benefit from TBRI® training including biological, adoptive, and foster parents, grandparents, all school administrators, teachers and staff, early childhood educators, child- and family-serving providers, juvenile justice professionals, faith leaders and congregants, and community members—anyone who touches the life of a child. Chances are, the adults in children’s lives may have experienced trauma themselves and until now, haven’t had the opportunity, the support, or the strategies to heal some of their own wounds. Trauma can be generational and to be who we want to be for children, we need to do the work of resolving our own trauma and building connections of trust, so our children of all ages know they are precious, loved and safe,” she shares.
Kirsten Freitag Murray
The cornerstones of Psychology and Clinical Social Work at the University of North Florida and Florida State University set Jennifer Bradstreet on her career path first as a Victim/Witness Counselor in the Special Assault and Juvenile Divisions in the State’s Attorney’s Office Fourth Judicial Court right here in Jacksonville, moving to a VOCA Child Evaluator in Tallahasee, and then interning with Jewish Family & Community Services back in Jacksonville. Ms. Bradstreet then served as a licensed clinical social worker in various capacities at Child Guidance Center, Duval County Public Schools, Florida MENTOR, Wekiva Springs Center, and back to Jewish Family & Community Services, all leading to her 11 year tenure at the MAYO Clinic. While at the MAYO Clinic, Jen integrated her rich work experiences as an Outpatient Medical Social Worker and part of the solid organ multidisciplinary transplant evaluation team as she conducted patient psychosocial assessments and provided recommendations. Providing emotional support to patients and their families through counseling, facilitating support groups for transplant patients and their caregivers, and serving as an Advance Care Planning Facilitator rounded out the deep care she provided as individuals and families faced life changing medical challenges.
Ms. Bradstreet is the Director of Operations of Hope Street, Inc., a trauma-informed care training agency grounded in Trust Based Relational Interventions® (TBRI®). An integral part of Hope Street since 2018, Jen’s role has continued to evolve as Hope Street has grown. She has championed TBRI® while forging strong relationships with community members and stakeholders alike, while expanding services and streamlining processes. Jen’s work was instrumental in situating Hope Street to be named as the Designated Florida Partner by KPICID at TCU and the leading Trauma-Informed Care Training provider in Jacksonville.In this role she also serves on the Leadership Team of Hope & Healing JAX, bringing together those already working in Jacksonville to address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma to promote healing and build resilience. Networking to STRENGTHEN and GROW existing EFFORTS.
Becoming a TBRI® practitioner in October 2020, Jen shares, “Relationships are the heart of all our work. Every opportunity that comes our way leads to connection and growth. I firmly believe in the positive impact that TBRI® continues to make in our community, because I see and experience it,” she shares. “Throughout my career, I have provided direct services to families in need of support, but always felt that there was more I could do. TBRI® resonates with me as it empowers ALL caregivers with practical strategies as they realize their own power to effect positive change through connection.” Jen believes in the power of connection and the importance of equipping ALL caregivers with understanding and strategies that promote healing.
Erin Anthony, MA-VE
Jaquelyn Green, CPM
Lesley Matheson, MSW
Christy Sellers, MA, MS, LMHC
Andrea Sorells, MA, CCP/SLP
Robin Staley, LMHC, RBT
Connect & Nurture… in all that we do.