Partnering With A Purpose
P.O. Box 56012
Little Rock, AR 72212
To be selfless and to serve others is a gift from God. I'm grateful to have been blessed with this gift and the spirit of giving." ~Trina Johnson
Partnering With A Purpose - P.W.A.P. Is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in October 2013 by Trina Johnson. Ms. Johnson has a long history of being an advocate for disadvantage populations primarily children and families. In 2005 Trina began working in the mental health field, servicing children with severe behavioral health issues. While working with these families, she discovered the various ills experienced by disadvantaged families. Disadvantaged families often experience poor family support, limited financial resources and poor community connectedness, which heighten the risk for abuse and neglect. Many of these children are placed in foster care with the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) due to maltreatment. Ms. Johnson's current role allows her to reflect the passion felt towards this population. Ms. Johnson is instrumental in ensuring the best interest of children and families is paramount.
Ms. Johnson initially founded Partnering With A Purpose with hopes to lessen the stress for foster children and families during the holiday season. This effort fulfills Christmas wishes and basic needs for children placed with the Division of Children and Family Service (DCFS). The needs of these families are addressed at this time, however, the needs of children and families continue throughout the year, warranting her continued efforts in servicing those in need.
Ms. Johnson currently works at Philander Smith College in the role of Title IV-E Field Trainer and Instructor. As a Field Trainer she trains and mentor newly hired Family Service Workers for the duration of (1) year using DCFS approved protocols, guiding workers to implement best practice methods when working with children and families. Regrettably, in this role Ms. Johnson visits many homes alongside agency workers witnessing firsthand the disparities and lack of resources causing children to be involved in protective, foster or adoptive care cases. As an advocate for children and families, Ms. Johnson continues to gain strides in making a difference in the lives of children and families by exemplfying authenticity and exceeding far beyond the care of fostering.
Ms. Johnson received a Bachelor's of Psychology and Master's of Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is a licensed Social Worker and has completed extensive course work in Marriage and Family Therapy. Ms. Johnson has also provided instruction on the undergraduate level in Child Welfare at Philander Smith College. Ms Johnson has received training in Structured Analysis Family Evaluation - SAFE, a home study methodology and provides Trauma Informed Training, Managing Difficult Encounters and Cultural Competence training to DCFS workers, making her well equipped for working with vulnerable families.
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
TRINA L. JOHNSON, LMSW