Southern CA Regional Message – July 2022

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Southern CA Regional Message – July 2022

My name is Margarita Rodriguez and I am the Senior Regional Manager for Southern California. Below is my message to you for the month of July 2022.

It’s SUMMER time and the middle of 2022. But don’t worry, we have so much more in store for you!

Upcoming registrations that will be held in July are for the August Kayak event. Please watch our social media to see when registration opens.

We also want you to mark your calendars for The Getaway Family Camp 2022. This will take place in September over Labor Day weekend. I am telling you about this now, so you can request time off and set a reminder to register for Angel Flight at the beginning of August.

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

Writing Expression

July 28, 2022

Save the Date for this month’s Writing Expression on Thursday, July 28, 2022. Watch our social media for registration announcements.

Southern CA Kayaking Adventure

August 2022

Watch our social media for information coming soon about the Southern CA Kayaking trip in Long Beach. Be the first to know when registration becomes available by emailing me at

Support Groups

Southern California – July 10, 2022 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. 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.

Caregiver – July 7, 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. To register, please contact Daniel Chacon at

Spanish Speaking – July 19, 2022 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. This is an online support group specifically designed for Spanish-speaking burn survivors. Contact me at to register.

Statewide – July 21, 2022 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. This is an online support group open to both burn survivors and their loved ones throughout California. To register, please contact Daniel Chacon at

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.