HEALING SPOTLIGHT: Resilience Collaborative

Over the course of eight days this fall and winter, 115 community members from all walks of life—doctors, social workers, teachers, counselors, waiters, yoga instructors, chaplains—gathered to learn skills to help our community heal. Dr. Bo Greaves, who retired from practice and now volunteers for Health Action, described the training as transformative. “I learned a […]

HEALING SPOTLIGHT: Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative

Long after the chaos of a disaster is resolved, the ongoing effects become clear. Over the fall, nearly one year after the October 2017 fires, Sonoma County was in a critical stage of post-disaster recovery. This phase of the recovery process, when some people are beginning to heal, and others are feeling left behind, has […]

HELPING SPOTLIGHT: Legal Aid

Over the past 15 months, Legal Aid of Sonoma County has been instrumental in helping thousands of fire survivors navigate the complex legal issues related to their recovery. They have done this work, thanks in part, to a grant from our Resilience Fund, which allowed Legal Aid to fund a staff lawyer position dedicated to […]

HELPING SPOTLIGHT: Catholic Charities

Dreama Goldberg was seven months pregnant and just beginning to decorate her son’s nursery when the fires swept through Coffey Park, burning the rental home she shared with her husband Bobby, and his 7-year-old daughter Kamala. They had lived in their three-bedroom home on Pine Meadow Drive for more than five years, occasionally bringing in […]

HELPING SPOTLIGHT: Bill Chaplin

When the fire swept through the Mark West Springs area of Santa Rosa on October 9 2017, Bill Chaplin was sleeping with his windows open. He woke up to his house, a place he had worked hard to keep, after years of homelessness, filling with smoke. “The entire horizon was on fire,” he recalls. Thinking […]

Here for the Long-Term

It is hard to believe that more than a year has passed since the fires swept through Sonoma County on the night of October 8, 2017. In looking at the devastation: 5,130 homes and 24 lives lost, property damage estimates of at least $7 billion, and the ripple effects of an unstable housing and job […]