Sunday, July 23, 2023 marked five years since the Carr Fire swept across 290,000 acres over two counties, destroying over 1,000 residences and causing physical and psychological damage on a massive scale. The Carr Fire was followed by the Delta Fire and then the Camp Fire, exponentially compounding the physical and emotional toll. In the wake of these devastating disasters, we collaborated with local partners to establish the Shasta Resilience Program, which addresses the immediate, pressing psychosocial needs stemming from the wildfires while simultaneously building local resilience and capacity to address future climate-related disasters and other major challenges facing the region.
Though the program is based in Shasta County, its impact extends across Northern California, where trained facilitators have shared healing tools with thousands through partnerships with health and social service institutions in neighboring communities such as Butte, Siskiyou, Trinity and Tehama Counties.
As we honor the resilience of these communities, we are reflecting on the words of CMBM-trained facilitator Lindsay Tibbetts: “Using these skill really empowers the person to play a more active role in their health care being self-care.”
Hear more from Shasta Resilience Program participants in the short video below.