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Raising Resilience WNC is a collaborative group of the Western region Smart Start partners. Raising Resilience WNC has 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. The three approaches of this project include an expansion of Sesame Street In Communities, Resources for Resilience Reconnect Training, and the 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 of our supporters, partners and friends who attended our June 16th, 2022 lunch & learn launch. It was a success! We will be sending out monthly communication to our attendees, which will be the regional network communication for our initiative. Communication will be sent once a month.  If you would like to be added to this communication list, please email Adrienne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Strategy & Approach Partners:
Center for Trauma Resilient Communities (CTRC)
Resources for Resilience (RfR)
Sesame Street In Communities (SSIC)

Check out additional resources here! 

Check out our training & event calendar here! 

For additional information, please contact the core collaboation team:
Adrienne Gilbert-Stevenson
Regional Project Manager, Raising Resilience WNC
525 North Justice Street, Hendersonville, NC 28739
Phone: (828) 620-0733
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Contact for questions related to the overall initiative, structure & involved regional partners, etc.

Kathleen Wood
Resilience Strategy Consultant, Raising Resilience WNC
392 East Main Street, Burnsville, NC, 28714
Phone: (828) 682-0047
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Contact for questions related to RfR & CTRC implementation specifics

Eileen Mouyard
Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) Regional Specialist, Raising Resilience WNC
147 Main Street, Brevard, NC, 28712
Phone: (828) 577-1043
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Contacts for questions related to SSIC implementation specifics