Northern CA Regional Message – September 2022

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Northern CA Regional Message – September 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 September 2022.

Hello Survivors, Supporters and Volunteers!

Summer is wrapping up and people are heading back to school. While our overnight trips are now wrapped up for the year, I want to take this time to reengage our community in our many forms of support! We have many support groups, individual support and therapy grants. I encourage each of you to consider these options whether it is to give or receive support. If you have any questions, please reach out to hear more about them!

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

Back-to-School Hangout

September 14, 2022

Bubbles and I are hosting a virtual get-together and you’re invited. Join us at 6:00pm via Zoom for games and time spent with friends!

Register today at: (Event open to burn survivors ages 5-17 years.)

Back-to-School Town Hall

September 14, 2022

Attention Parents and Guardians: AARBF is hosting a Back-to-School Town Hall designed to address the concerns surrounding sending a child survivor back to school. You are invited to join us on Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 PM via Zoom for an hour-long interactive informational meeting. This session will address important topics such as bullying and how you can best support your child during their return to school.

Please register today at:

You’re Invited to the 50th Anniversary Celebration

October 15, 2022

Join us in Southern California for a fun filled evening at the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum featuring a “taste of LA’s favorite food trucks”, including the Kogi Truck, Vivace Pizza, Cousins Maine Lobster, Longshot Coffee and Coolhaus Ice Cream while sipping on wine compliments of Foley Family Wines.

Stay for the auction – we’ll have a wide array of items available that evening. We’ll be updating our website frequently with the fabulous donors providing auction items!

Get your tickets today at:

Movement Expression

September 22, 2022

Watch our social media for more information coming soon about this month’s Movement Expression.

Support Groups

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center – September 6, 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 to register.

East Bay Burn Survivor – September 14, 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 to register.

Saint Francis – September 22, 2022 from 11:30am – 1:00pm. This is an in-person regional support group open to both survivors and their family members. Contact me at to register.

Caregiver – September 1, 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 to register.

Spanish Speaking – September 20, 2022 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. This is an online support group specifically designed for Spanish-speaking burn survivors. To register, please contact Margarita Rodriguez at

Statewide – September 15, 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 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 to get started today.

Back to School Support (available upon request) – Contact me at 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.