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 the Las Vegas shooting devastating communities throughout the U.S. and world, a cohort of agencies has come together around an initiative that will help ensure that this level of devastation will not happen again in our community.
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.
The first step in that process will be a workshop for local agencies on Tuesday, October 24th from 11am to 2pm at The La Clinica Office Building at 3451 East 12th St.
The workshop will:
• Provide attendees an update on the work to date
• A briefing on the strategy we hope to use to craft a resilience action plan for the Fruitvale
• A series of facilitated exercises that will secure goals and objectives that will be memorialized in the plan
For more information, or to attend the workshop, please email us.