Raising Resilience WNC is a collaborative group of the Western region Smart Start partners. We aim to create changes at the micro, macro and mezzo levels within our communities and are listening with community members and partners to arrive at collaborative and iterative solutions to the challenges we face. We have designed a locally responsive approach to building resilient communities involving three approaches to implement over three years, leading to a systems-level impact across the region. Our current approaches in this initiative include an expansion of Sesame Street in Communities, Resources for Resilience Reconnect Training, and the Crossnore Center for Trauma Resilient Communities Resilience Academies. This project is designed to strengthen resilience skills throughout the individual and organizational levels. With this broad community-based approach, we have the potential to create a regional system capable of supporting positive early childhood experiences and relationships.
Thank you to all our supporters, partners and friends who attended our June 16th, 2022 launch. It was a success! We send out quarterly communication to our attendees, which is our regional network communication for our initiative. If you would like to be added to this communication list, please email Adrienne at
For additional information, please contact the core collaboation team:
Regional Project Manager, Raising Resilience WNC
525 North Justice Street, Hendersonville, NC 28739
Phone: (828) 620-0733
Contact for questions related to the overall initiative, structure & involved regional partners, etc.
Resilience Strategy Consultant, Raising Resilience WNC
392 East Main Street, Burnsville, NC, 28714
Phone: (828) 682-0047
Contact for questions related to RfR & CTRC implementation specifics
Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) Regional Specialist, Raising Resilience WNC
147 Main Street, Brevard, NC, 28712
Phone: (828) 577-1043
Contacts for questions related to SSIC implementation specifics