In this Feeling the Impact Series, we will explore how our need for safety, dignity, and the right relationship deeply influence how we navigate crises. The past six months have brought unparalleled disruption and loss that has affected every aspect of our personal, organizational, and communal lives. Intermingled with the grief of losing hundreds of thousands of precious lives, we are experiencing the traumatic loss of livelihoods, homes, businesses, and beloved landscapes as wildfires whip across broad swaths of our state. Many of us still harbor disturbing memories of the devastating wildfires of recent years. Others are also carrying the gravity of events at the heart of the racial uprisings. All of these place demands on our bodies, hearts, and minds as well as our relationships, our organizations, and the systems in which we operate.
Part 1: Sharing Stories and Honoring Experiences
In the first session, we’ll allow room for an exchange of experiences from the recent wildfires, racial uprisings, and pandemic response. Join us to share what’s preoccupying you and to learn strategies that can support you to remain centered as we continue into wildfire season, with the election cycle looming and continued dynamism posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Join us to:
- share personal and professional experiences of the wildfires, racial uprisings, and pandemic response
- gain insights into how crises and trauma action on us
- discover frameworks and practices for understanding and coping individually and organizationally
**You can register for the full series or individual events in this series. Register for the series by clicking "Register for the full series" above. Register for this individual event by clicking "Register Now" above.
Lori Chelius, Co-Founder, Origins
Lori is driven by a desire to create sustainable change. Prior to founding Origins with Andi, she spent 15 years pursuing this desire in a number of roles in healthcare and public health, including strategic planning, business development, project management, market research, and needs assessment. During that time, Lori saw abundant opportunities to address issues upstream and affect the root causes, not just the symptoms. When Lori met Andi, a fellow champion of a trauma-informed approach, she realized they could team up to help organizations build strong foundations based on solid values, build resilience, and provide even better care for the people they serve. And so, Origins was born. Lori has a BA in psychology (with a concentration in neuroscience) from Williams College and an MBA and MPH from UC Berkeley. She lives in California with her wife, three kids, and their dog, Oliver. She also coaches youth soccer (and still attempts to play it). Contact her email@example.com
Andi Fetzner, Co-Founder, Origins
Andi strongly believes that you don’t have to be a therapist to be therapeutic. Working in social service for 15 years prior to founding Origins with Lori, Andi frequently was frustrated with the lack of coordination between clients and the various systems serving them and the lack of attention to the underlying cause of clients’ problems. The ACEs framework and trauma-informed approach provided a framework for supporting people clients and their families to heal despite obstacles in systems of care. Andi built from this work, training people across sectors to amplify trauma-informed approaches to care. She draws from her personal experience growing up as a child in kinship foster care and her professional education to encourage empowerment and equity. Andi has served children with special needs, at-hope youth, adults with special vocational training needs, and youth and families. Since moving to California in 2016, she has served both youths in schools all over LA County and those affected by the Malibu fires. She applies her experience today as a Seeking Safety facilitator for parents and as Trauma Informed Care Coordinator at Eisner Health in Los Angeles, where she focuses on the integration of trauma-informed approaches within a community healthcare clinic. When not working, Andi enjoys yoga, good food, and exploring with her fiance and two dogs, Brutus and Princess. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is open to members of NCG, San Diego Grantmakers, and Southern California Grantmakers. Nonmember funders are also welcome.