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Midland Area Community Foundation and Long-Term Recovery Group to explore the topic of resilience during next Flood Recovery Session

May 10th, 2021

In conjunction with the Long-Term Recovery Group, Midland Area Community Foundation will be exploring the topic of resilience as the first anniversary of last year’s flooding event approaches. The Flood Recovery Session will take place via Zoom on May 13th at 10:30 AM.

“As we reflect on 2020, our community demonstrated resilience time and again. The obstacles we faced were unlike any seen in most of our lifetimes,” said Sharon Mortensen, President & CEO of the Midland Area Community Foundation. “It’s important to understand how an event, like last May’s flooding event, can affect our wellbeing.”

Presenters for May’s session are Sarah Owens from Sarah Owens Consulting and Kathy Dollard, Director of Behavioral Health at MidMichigan Health. The session will cover three distinct topics related to resilience. First, we will explore why a flood is considered a traumatic event. Second, we will turn our attention to how trauma manifests. Then, we’ll talk about how we can take care of ourselves and move forward.

“Building resilience is important to increase our wellbeing so we can overcome obstacles and challenges,” said Mortensen. “As we move toward our goal of becoming a community where everyone thrives, it’s essential to understand the resources in our community to manage challenges, especially in the face of disaster.”

Flood Recovery Sessions are open to everyone. Attendees are required to register for sessions at Sessions are held monthly on the second Thursday of the month. Sessions are recorded for on-demand viewing on the Community Foundation’s YouTube channel for those unable to attend. To view any past sessions, please visit or visit

For more information about the Community Foundation’s involvement with the Long-Term Recovery Group, follow Midland Area Community Foundation on Facebook, or call the Community Foundation at 989-839-9661.