Southern CA Regional Message – September 2022

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Southern CA Regional Message – September 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 September 2022.

We are super excited to see so many burn survivors registered for the Getaway Family Camp 2022. Thank you so much to everyone who registered. We are looking forward to seeing you all this weekend.

If you did not have time to register for this camp, we invite you to attend one our local support groups, such as the SCA Support group on the second Sunday of September. Then we have the Spanish speaker support group, please invite anyone you know who is seeking a safe place to connect with others in their native Language.

If you haven’t already, please like us on Facebook & Instagram so you are able to see registration information for camps, and events sooner than this monthly message.


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 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 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:

We are also looking for volunteers for this event! If you’d like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Katie Szymczak at

Movement Expression

September 22, 2022

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

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 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. 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 me 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 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.