Baltimore, MD – Recovering addict, Tonier Cain-Muldrow, was granted special recognition from Baltimore’s State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, for her efforts to construct healthier communities and her dedication to raising awareness and providing resources for trauma survivors and the re-entry population. The honor was presented during a black-tie gala held last week as part of the second annual Healing Neen Trauma-Informed Care Conference hosted by the nonprofit organization, Neen Cares.
“It is such an honor to know that Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby knows my name – and its not for an indictment,” said Cain-Muldrow. The founder and president of Neen Cares continues with humor, “To receive a certificate from the state that doesn’t say the state versus Tonier Cain shows me that my message that where there is breath there is hope is reaching people in high places that can make changes in the way they treat homeless, incarcerated, and drug addicted populations.”
During her 19-year crack addiction, Cain-Muldrow racked up 83 arrests and 66 convictions. She turned to prostitution to pay for drugs, lost custody of four children, and, when she wasn’t locked up, she slept under a bridge in Annapolis, MD. Since completing treatment in 2005, she has become a celebrated speaker and trauma care expert and even testified before Congress and lectured at Yale University. She authored a poignant memoir, “Healing Neen,” and has a feature-length documentary of the same name, exposing her traumatic childhood filled with abuse, rape and neglect. There is a docu-series in development chronicling her and her husband, Adrian Muldrow’s work in the community, and her second book, “Relationships After Trauma,” is due out March 2018.
Themed “Together We Are the Resolution,” the conference convened experts from across the country to discuss how to train and empower local communities to implement trauma-informed approaches to combating drug addiction, violence and other issues plaguing America. The participants were treated to a moving performance by award-winning minister, author and singer, Stacey Lattisaw, during the closing event.
Neen Cares is a Maryland based nonprofit organization providing trauma treatment, peer support, healthy lifestyle coaching, substance abuse counseling, prison re-entry assistance, and therapy. Programs include a mini basketball camp, football clinic, and the annual Healing Neen Trauma-Informed Care Conference. For more information on their services and programs visit www.neencares.org.
PHOTO CREDIT: Exquisite Images
1) Representatives for the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s office Miesha Rice (L) and Andrea Curley (R) present Tonier Cain-Muldrow (center) with a certificate of recognition for her work with trauma survivors and the re-entry population.
2) Award-winning minister and singer, Stacey Lattisaw, gave a moving performance during Neen Cares’ annual Healing Neen Trauma-Informed Care Conference. Pictured (L-R) Adrian Muldrow, VP Neen Cares; Tonier Cain-Muldrow, Neen Cares; Lattisaw and her husband Kevin Jackson.