Resilient Retirement Recognized at Philanthropy Changemakers Awards Luncheon
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WEDNESDAY APRIL 6, 2022 |
On March 10, SRQ Media recognized five local nonprofits that have addressed change, especially after an extremely difficult year, during the SB2 Transformation in Philanthropy luncheon and roundtable. The event took place at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota where all parties were thrilled to be together in person. The Change Agents in Philanthropy Awards focus on the ability of the independent sector to be innovative in the face of change in fundraising, donor research and development, mission, programming, branding, visibility and operations. We are pleased to highlight each of the recognized non-profit groups over lunch as part of our Wednesday Philanthropy Edition.
Resilient Retreat is a Sarasota-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping trauma-affected people and first responders who regularly witness workplace violence. The organization is currently constructing a retreat center on its 84 square acre property (on conservation land) – due for completion in 2022 – and maintains a well-trained staff of certified trauma professionals to run their evidence-based programs and maintain their trauma helpline.
In light of the global pandemic, Resilient Retreat had to adapt to help a community that was suffering not just physically, but mentally. From 2020 to 2021, Resilient Retreat has seen a 212% increase in participants asking for help. As COVID-19 spread through the community, Resilient Retreat responded by expanding its programs to online and in-person offerings. When it was only safe to meet while socially distancing, the organization offered its programs outdoors on its 84-acre campus. Resilient Retreat has worked to make its services more accessible to vulnerable communities on several fronts.
“We’re here to help people on the front lines,” said chief executive Lisa Intagliata. “During the pandemic, we’ve heard daily phone calls from people in trouble — nonprofit workers, teachers, bankers, lawyers — people you wouldn’t necessarily expect to hear from. This opened up a whole new crowd of participants for Resilient Retreat. We were able to provide training in self-care and resilience-building skills as needed. »
Pictured: Resilient Retreat members. Photo by Noah Magnifico.
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