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Northern CA Regional Message – November 2022

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Northern CA Regional Message – November 2022

My name is Scott Wertz and I am the Regional Manager for Northern California. Below is my message to you for the month of November 2022.

Hello Survivors, Supporters and Volunteers!

I hope everyone had an incredible Halloween. As we move into November, we move into upcoming holidays. The holidays can bring lots of emotions, I hope this is a time you can feel connected to and supported by your burn foundation family. From the adult kayak trip to the holiday parties and of course the many support groups, there are many ways to connect with the foundation and other survivors/supporters. If you are looking for any additional support, please reach out to me directly.

If you are a burn survivor and family member and wish to be added to our monthly email, please email info@aarbf.org and indicate your region.

Adult Kayaking Trip

November 20, 2022

All of our spaces have been filled and registration has closed early. If you have already reserved your space, please watch for announcements as the date gets closer. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at swertz@aarbf.org with any questions.

You’re Invited to our Holiday Party

December 10 or 11, 2022

Join us for one of our regional holiday parties!

We’ll be at the SCVMC Holiday Party on December 10th (location TBD) from 10:00am to 1:00pm. On December 11th, we’ll be at East Bay Holiday Party at the Frances Albrier Community Center in Berkeley. Both events will be a great time to spend with your family and AARBF friends. We’ll have lunch, craft time, presents and pictures with Santa.

Reserve your spot today at:

SCVMC Holiday Party: https://forms.gle/fr9vp1LM2ftoU5Fk7

East Bay Holiday Party: https://forms.gle/5F7YYaQuJSC83aPS8

Deadline to register is December 1, 2022.

AARBF’s Dinner & Dance

December 10, 2022

If you plan to be in the Clovis area, we invite you to join us for the annual Dinner & Dance. Space for this event is limited and we sold out early last year. So, round up your friends and join us! Visit our website at https://www.aarbf.org/dinner-and-dance-2022/ to learn more.

Writing Expression

November 29, 2022

Watch for more information coming soon on our social media or via email on this month’s Writing Expression. Please note: The date for November has been changed to a Tuesday, the time 7:00PM, remains the same.

Support Groups

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center – November 1, 2022 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. This is an in-person regional support group open to both survivors and their family members. Currently this group is meeting virtually, but will convert back to an in-person group as soon as it is safe to do so. Contact me at swertz@aarbf.org to register.

East Bay Burn Survivor – November 9, 2022 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. This is an in-person regional support group open to both survivors and their family members. Contact me at swertz@aarbf.org to register.

Saint Francis – November 22, 2022 from 11:30am – 1:00pm. This is an in-person regional support group open to both survivors and their family members. Currently this group is meeting virtually, but will convert back to an in-person group as soon as it is safe to do so. Contact me at swertz@aarbf.org to register.

Caregiver – November 3, 2022 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. This is an online state-wide support group for family members, care givers and loved ones of burn survivors. This group is closed to burn survivors. Contact me at swertz@aarbf.org to register.

Spanish Speaking – November 15, 2022 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. This is an online support group specifically designed for Spanish-speaking burn survivors. To register, please contact Daniel Chacon at dchacon@aarbf.org.

Statewide – November 17, 2022 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. This is an online support group open to both burn survivors and their loved ones throughout California. Contact me at swertz@aarbf.org to register.

Peer Support – Not everyone is comfortable in a group setting, which is why the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation offers one-on-one Peer Support. Peer Support is a power tool for healing from a burn trauma. There is something magical that happens when one survivor sits and shares their experience and healing process with another. Peer support can relieve the feeling of being all alone in your experience. Peer support can come in many forms; a burn survivor talking to another burn survivor, a parent talking to another parent or loved one. This service is not limited to burn survivors. A burn injury can affect the entire family, caregivers and other loved ones. Contact me at swertz@aarbf.org to get started today.

Back to School Support (available upon request) – Contact me at swertz@aarbf.org to learn more about this program.

Featured Videos

AARBF’s Multimedia Resource Library includes tip sheets, videos, stories, and so much more. Video content within the library has been developed by the AARBF Community; including our staff, volunteers, burn survivors and community partners! Below are our featured videos for July!

How to Control Anxiety

AARBF Wellness Team members Jamba and Poppy share ways to help you manage stress and anxiety through breathing.

Yoga Modifications

If you want to try yoga but think your body can’t do the yoga poses, then this video is for you. Our yoga team will show you how to modify the poses to suit your body.