Raizes Collective Invites You to: Celebrando la Vida or A Celebration of Life

My friend Isabel with Raizes Collective is putting together a special el Día de Muertos event, and invites you to sponsor an altar. (Sponsorship form attached.) The entire community is also invited to come out and celebrate during two special community events. Isabel writes: Raizes continues to be committed to making platforms for artists to mobilize and bring our community together to begin the process of healing through our arts and cultural programming. We are asking for your support by...

Coping with Disaster Begins with Tending to Our Own Bodies and Hearts

I just received a compelling email from the Hanna Boys Center reminding us to care for our bodies and hearts during this time of great stress. One incentive to care for yourself is the idea that "well staff serve well." As my friend Clare suggested earlier today, "It's the idea that we need to put on our own oxygen mask in order to live long enough to help others. Still, many of us don't know where to start with supporting our own wellness. This worksheet (attached) offers many simple...

FREE Evening at CPI Making a Difference During Disaster

Please join the Child Parent Institute for an evening supporting our children and families affected by the fires in our community. FREE! Friday October 20, 2017 from 4 to 7PM 3650 Standish Ave Santa Rosa, CA 95407 This a drop-in event, completely free of charge, please come visit us any time between the hours of 4pm - 7pm. Children and adults can participate in art projects to thank all the agencies that helped fight the firestorm throughout Sonoma County. Our counselors will be onsite and...

The Schoolbox Project Trains Parents and Educators to Address Crisis in Sonoma County with a Trauma-Informed Approach

Live Oak Charter School in Petaluma hosted the Schoolbox Project on Sunday and Monday October 15 and 16 to help train and support volunteers, parents and educators in responding to the crisis in our community. Without an understanding of basic trauma-informed principles, there is potential for even the most well-meaning volunteers to engage in behavior that is overstimulating or even re-traumatizing to vulnerable populations. Dr. Gabriela Bronson-Castain, Clinical Director of the Behavioral...

Taking Care of Yourself After a Traumatic Event

Dear Friends, Our entire community is in the middle of an event that is causing great stress and duress. We all are experiencing great need for self-care. We are all striving to offer kindness to others. If you need help understanding why you or someone you love is feeling emotional, hyper alert, irritable, restless, moody, teary, sad, helpless, numb or detached, please read the attached document put out by the Petaluma Health Center in both English and Spanish.