One of our four core values at CCS is Truth, which calls us to be honest, authentic, and to affirm the dignity and worth of every person. The truth isn’t always easy to face. Sometimes life gets hard, and we get caught up in our stories and lose touch with our authentic selves. The Five Protective Factors provide a solid framework made up of skills and support systems to fall back on during life’s toughest moments. They remind us that it’s okay to be human, and it’s okay to ask for help.

They also call to mind basic truths about universal human needs: the need for belonging through social connections, for concrete support whether it be food, shelter or clothing, for understanding, freedom and compassion. We promote the Protective Factors in all our programs and through our We Flourish Together culture.

Protective Factors

Resilience (courage): Children and adults learn to solve problems, get along with others, and overcome adversity.

Social Connections (community): Children and adults with an extensive network of family, friends and neighbors have better support in times of need.

Concrete Support in Times of Need (health): Access to financial, housing, food and other concrete resources helps children and adults meet their basic needs.

Knowledge, Skills and Virtues (freedom): Children and adults discover the things that are most important to them in life and develop the knowledge, skills and virtues they need to succeed at those things.

Social and Emotional Competence of Others (compassion): Children and adults with the ability to effectively communicate and manage their emotions help others learn to get their needs met and get along with others.