Blogs

Hope Heals: Lighting Hope for Walla Walla's Homeless

“Four and a half years ago when I started Hope Heals, I helped two people. By the second year, I had helped 28. Then 321 in the third year. In 2016, I helped 2031 people, and in 2017, I helped 2131 people.” Hope Heals, now a bright light in the Walla Walla community and preparing for its first large fundraiser on Friday, has been growing exponentially since its conception. Yet it began as a faint lightbulb. On March 26th 2008, Dr. Robert Anda visited Walla Walla on behalf of CRI to present...

Beyond Paper Tigers Presenter Showcase! Teaching Employability in Prisons: Tony McGuire’s Harmony of Emotional Resilience and Building Instruction

Tony McGuire- a member of Community Resilience Initiative, and an instructor for Walla Walla Community College at the Washington State Penitentiary- had divided his Building Maintenance class into random groups where white supremacists may be working on the same team as Native Americans. This choice was intentional; “there’s no affiliation on a job site, so you don’t get that here,” Tony told his students. Yet not long after the start of such teamwork, tools began flying. One student was...

CRI's Third "Beyond Paper Tigers" Conference

Community Resilience Initiative's third Beyond Paper Tigers Conference is now open for registration! A social/network event kicks off the conference on June 26, with two full days of keynotes and breakout session June 27 and 28 at the Red Lion Hotel Conference Center in Pasco, WA. Our conference theme is the power of relationship--“the mutual and interdependent respect that results when people feel safe, believe that everyone has something to offer, and are confident that each person is...

A new response to child abuse [Union-Bulletin]

Seated on a child-sized chair, Brooke Martin looks right at home. That’s intentional, she said. Martin is a social worker with the Walla Walla office of Child Protective Services. While her office is under the umbrella of Washington state’s Division of Children and Family Services, she works in the Walla Walla Police Department’s headquarters right next to a child-friendly forensic interview room. That’s the spot where most troubled kids 13 and younger in Walla Walla County end up talking...

Friends organization pairs mentors with area kids [Union-Bulletin.com]

Friends of Children of Walla Walla focuses on the well-being of children in the area, by providing school- and community-based programs that help youths socially and academically through one-on-one relationships. “We are purveyors of hope and resilience for kids,” said Jim Byrnes, executive director. Many children have adverse childhood experiences, called ACES, including verbal and physical violence, poverty, neglect, bullying and more. And many parents have their own set of emotional ACES...

Oh what a night! Expressing emotion through mindful art!

What can be better than dinner together and mindful art as a way to express our feelings! Walla Walla families left with smiles on their faces and wet canvases in hand after spending a delightful two hours with Brigette Phillips https://www.facebook.com/mindfulart2016/ and the CRI Team, creating beauty. Breathing buddies, feelings charts, and "how do I feel" were additional activities available for the children (one youngster actually drew 28 "faces" of how he feels!). Thanks to Brigette for...

Walla Walla County Commissioners recognize CRI

It was a great honor to be recognized by the Walla Walla County Commissioners for our community-wide work in mobilizing action for a resilient community. This is the first proclamation by the county, and it was initiated through the efforts of Michael Bates, director of the Department of Court Services, Juvenile Justice Center (JJC). Mike has been involved throughout the development of Walla Walla's response to ACEs through resilience, and was one of the first partners to implement...

Resilience in Action at a CRI Partner Fund Raiser!

If you follow our blog, you know we are celebrating "October as Resilience Awareness Month." One event which took place last night taught me the value of positive attitude, a stiff upper lip, and how to have fun while in the brainstem! Valley Residential Services, one of our strong CRI partners, had their "Dancing with the WW2 Stars." Nancy Riggle, VRS Executive Director, asked me to help out. How do you say "no" to someone like Nancy? You don't!! I chose neither the song, the dance, the...

Walla Walla (WA) City Council Proclamation — October is Resilience Awareness Month

The kick-off event for our Resilience Awareness community campaign started with the Mayor Allen Pomraning signing a proclamation at the Walla Walla City Council session September 27th. The Proclamation noted CRI's focus on the help, healing and hope that comes when a community understands the impact trauma can have, and how together, we support each other by building stronger connections across all domains and sectors. With a yard sign in hand, members of the CRI planning team celebrated...

October is Resilience Awareness Month

Our 5th Community Campaign celebrating Resilience and community capacity building kicks off with our first ever Yard Signs! "Got Resilience?" signs will pop up all town, helping to increase curiosity and attention to the word itself, and to our work. The City of Walla Walla proclaims October as Resilience Month in our kick-off ceremony. Our Commitment Letters from partners and agencies are presented to the City Council, showing the ever increasing community-wide response to ACEs through ...

Our effort to explain the many voices of Walla Walla, for the Beyond Paper Tigers conference

Hello! We wanted to help conference attendees at our June 28-29 Beyond Paper Tigers Conference here in Walla Walla get a sense of the many "Paper Tigers" at work in Walla Walla. This 12-min. video features why a community-wide approach is so critical is helping to create a resilient community. We want to share it with other communities working toward the same goal of creating healthier, more connected communities, around the framework of the NEAR (neurobiology, epigenetics, aces, resilience)...

Experts reveal stress, trauma impacts kids’ development; urge adults to foster resilience [KEPRtv.com]

by Elise Haas WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Now more than ever, both parents and professionals struggle to understand the complex and continued impacts of chronic stress and trauma on a child's brain development. The documentary, Paper Tigers , based in Walla Walla, sparked renewed interest in the effects of chronic, overwhelming stress and trauma on children’s development. That's why hundreds of parents, educators, mental health workers, and others gathered at Whitman College in Walla Walla for the...

Sherwood Trust Continues to make the Walla Walla Valley a Better Place to Live

The Sherwood Trust board has announced grants and pledges totaling $1,015,513 to be made to Walla Walla Valley organizations this year. With additional awards to be made to support local initiatives, including annual leadership and training programs, Sherwood Trust expects to fund nearly $1.2 million in grants by the end of 2017, CEO Danielle Garbe said in a news release. The largest award, $160,000, went to Blue Mountain Action Council’s Commitment to Community operations for 2017-18. Read...

2017 Beyond Paper Tigers Conference UPDATE - Registration is Full

We are in the process of expanding our venue to accommodate all who desire to attend. Anyone who is unable to attend for any reason can stay informed of our advancements thru the following links: www.BeyondPaperTigers.com www.ResilienceTrumpsACEs.org Also, be sure to visit the recent Blogpost of Melanie G. Snyder because Melanie recently visited Walla Walla to find out first-hand about the why’s and how’s (the WOW’s) of Walla Walla’s informed community. Melanie serves as the Director of the...

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