Southern CA Regional Message – October 2022

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Southern CA Regional Message – October 2022

My name is Daniel Chacon and I am the Executive Director. Below is my message to you for the month of October 2022.

Happy Autumn! I am excited about the 50th Anniversary Celebration taking place this month on October 15th. If you are unable to join us, you can still participate in the fun! See the information below.

I also have some news to share with you. On September 15th, we said a very fond farewell to Margarita Rodriguez, Senior Regional Manager for Southern California. Margarita had been a key staff member of AARBF for over 14 years and will be greatly missed. During this transitional period, we ask that you reach out to for assistance.

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

Art Expression

October 27, 2022

Save the date for the next Expression Session – Art Expression, scheduled for the fourth Thursday in October at 7:00pm via Zoom.

50th Anniversary Celebration and Virtual Auction

October 15, 2022

If you’re unable to join us in-person for our 50th Anniversary Celebration in Southern California, you can still get in on the fun by participating in our virtual auction. The auction opens today, October 1st and will close during the in-person event on October 15th. Those attending in-person will be able to see the items available, but will still use the online platform to bid.

To learn more, please visit:

Dinner & Dance

December 10, 2022

The Dinner & Dance is returning to Clovis! If you plan to be in the area, we invite you to join us in December. 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 to learn more.

Support Groups

Southern California – September 11, 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 us 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. To register, please contact Scott Wertz at

Spanish Speaking – September 20, 2022 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. This is an online support group specifically designed for Spanish-speaking burn survivors. Contact us at to register.

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. To register, please contact Scott Wertz 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 us 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.