United Way of Clallam County is the new home for Clallam Resilience Project: a countywide consortium of agencies collaboratively building resiliency in Clallam County.
The organization kicked off the first of two events highlighting and celebrating the work of Clallam Resilience Project on June 11, and will host a second event from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Roosevelt Elementary School, 106 Monroe Road. Led by Bonnie Schmidt, Early Childhood Educator and trained NEAR Sciences presenter, the NEAR Science (neuroscience, eEpigenetics, ACEs and Resiliency) training designed to explain science behind human behavior, and explore the impacts of trauma and toxic stress on our brains, bodies, behaviors, and choices.
The event is open and free to the public; childcare is available if one RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 17.
The Clallam Resilience Project impetus began more than a year ago when First Step Family Support Center and the Olympic Educational Service District 114 hosted a Community Café training for local agencies and community members asked for support in mobilizing a community response to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Since May 2018, multiple local agencies and partners planned Community Cafés to inform and share experiences around ACEs and are constructing a local response to foster resiliency in which more than 30 local organizations and 100 participants attended.
United Way of Clallam County recently decided to host and operate the Clallam Resilience Project because the goals and outcomes closely align with the mission of the United Way to help all people live safe, healthy and productive lives.
“We know that adverse childhood experiences and resilience play major roles in determining the health and well-being of our children for the rest of their lives,” Dr. Allison Berry Unthank MD, MPH Clallam County Health Officer Clallam County., said.
“Mounting research shows that intervening to build resilience in children is key to improving health outcomes long-term, which is why we are so excited about the work being done at the Clallam Resilience Project,” she said.