Just under a year ago the Fruitvale community was shaken by the terrible Ghost Ship fire tragedy that took the lives of 36 artists, musicians, and beloved community members. Our neighborhood came together, as we always do, and supported the residents and organizations that were impacted by this tragedy. As the one year anniversary of the fire approaches, and with disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, and mass shootings devastating communities throughout the U.S. and world, a cohort of local and regional agencies has come together and formed the Resilient Fruitvale Initiative.
Resilient Fruitvale is a cross sector initiative that advances the resilience of the Fruitvale at the individual, organizational, and community levels. The goal is to streamline and strengthen access to resources and expertise for local leaders, so we can all do our part to protect our community, and its vulnerable residents, for years to come.
In September, an Executive Steering Committee comprising of agencies from the community, City, and surrounding region came together to craft a strategy for engaging local organizations and residents about the importance of this work and how to prioritize the right investments today so everyone can negotiate any disaster regardless of its size.
On Tuesday, October 24th Resilient Fruitvale hosted a community workshop which offered local stakeholder agencies and opportunity to learn more about Resilient Fruitvale’s mission and approach as well as a chance to participate in the a table top exercise that challenged players to identify solutions to house and feed local residents with only the resources currently in our community every day. (Dana – maybe insert photos below?)
Using the outputs from the community workshop, the program team will create a resilience action plan that will guide the Fruitvale’s investments in capacity building and resource acquisition for the coming year. The goal is to release the plan on December 2nd, the anniversary of the Ghost Ship Fire.
For more information, or to attend the workshop, please email us.
List of participating agencies:
- Center for Independent Living
- City of Oakland
- Centro Legal de la Raza
- La Clinica de la Raza
- Oakland City Council District 5
- Oakland Fire Department
- Oakland Warehouse Coalition
- Oakland Com Org
- Red Cross
- Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation
- St. Jarlath
- The Unity Council
- West Coast Children’s Clinic