Resilient Retreat, an organization committed to helping those impacted by trauma and abuse, recently received funding to ramp up its efforts in providing therapy and programs to help those at risk. The organization will hire an additional staff member to provide input on program development, increase trauma- informed training at workplaces, and organize a network of more than 150 community volunteers.
A $125,000 grant from the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation will also fund a second phase of Resilient Retreat’s neurofeedback program, which will offer services to 20 first responders and healthcare professionals. This therapy is a leading treatment for reducing the symptoms of traumatic stress and can decrease anxiety, reduce substance abuse, and improve memory, concentration, and wellness.
In the past year, the number of people served by Resilient Retreat has increased by 196 percent. Community surveys report that roughly half of first responders and "helping professionals" in the community are experiencing compassion fatigue in our community, and 74.6 percent note that their job has become harder since Covid-19.