Resources for Resilience

Sharing tools to build up and support everyone’s resilience

At Resources for Resilience™, our mission is to share practical tools to build up and support everyone’s resilience.
That is why we offer trauma-informed and resiliency-focused training programs to individuals, organizations, and
entire communities. RFR was formed in response to the public health crisis of childhood adversity and seeks to
address the ongoing stress that many of us face every day. The easy-to-use strategies that we teach are meant for
anyone to use as we work to prevent future adversity and help people stay healthy and connected during tough
times. We believe that everyone has the ability to deepen their resilience and experience better days.

Upcoming Events

Our Reconnect for Resilience™ trainings, coaching series, and professional development
programs offer individuals, organizations, and entire communities a set of practical ways
to manage stress and build resilience in themselves and others. Visit our Trainings page
for a list of upcoming events and to register for a workshop today!

RFR Featured on Spotify

World Peace One Nervous System at a Time
Listen in as Podcast Host and Licensed Therapist Ann Odom talks with RFR Executive Director
Ann DuPre Rogers on The ReProgram, available now on Spotify! In this fabulous new episode,
you’ll learn more about our resiliency-building tools, explore new ways to use and share them,
and be inspired by Ann DuPre’s vision for achieving world peace… one nervous system at a time.

2024 Run for Resilience Recap 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Run for Resilience! With the help of friends, family, and community partners like you, we can continue sharing our resiliency-building tools in homes and workplaces around the globe. Your your support means the world to us and will help us reach new teachers, first responders, business leaders, caregivers, healthcare workers, and so many others who serve our communities. We believe that each of these connections makes a difference as we work to prevent future adversity and build resilience in people of all ages.

We hope that you will take a moment to check out our recap video and soak in the smiles, laughter, and joy of this incredible event!


We all have tough days. There may even be moments when life feels like more than we can handle. The good news is that we also have the ability to bounce back from hard times because of our resilience. Resilience is something that we all have – and it is something that we can tap into by using simple, science-based tools designed to help us breathe easier and de-stress. At Resources for Resilience™, we work closely with community members and helping professionals, including first responders, educators, healthcare professionals, and caregivers, so they can better understand how our brains and bodies respond to stress. We then then teach them practical strategies that they can use to manage that stress and build resilience in themselves, in their loved ones, and in the people they serve.


Resources for Resilience, The Effects of Stress and TraumaNeuroscience has taught us that trauma is a biological event that affects the body. When trauma, or the stress and adversity of daily life, overwhelms the nervous system, we are thrown automatically into a fight-or-flight reaction. This takes us out of our resilient zone and can result in us feeling amped-up or shut-down. While useful in an emergency, these states can have serious negative effects on our emotions and physical health if left unaddressed over time.

Resources for Resilience, Staying Well in Tough TimesOur brains are designed to keep us safe from harm. They do this so well that, sometimes, stressful events can overwhelm us long after we are safe. This can affect our learning, creativity, relationships, and even our physical health. Research has taught us, though, that there are ways to form new pathways in the brain that make us more resilient. Our goal is to share these simple, practical tools with others so that we can all stay healthy and connected in tough times.

Resources for Resilience, Our ApproachOur resiliency educators teach about trauma, the brain, and the human nervous system in a way that people of all ages and backgrounds can understand. Our simple, teachable format is designed for anyone to learn. We have conducted hundreds of trainings for schools, mental health agencies, faith communities, and healthcare institutions, in addition to educating first responders, domestic violence and homeless shelter staff, and community organizers.


First responders and frontline healthcare workers know all too well what stress looks like – and the toll it can take on our physical and mental health if left unaddressed over time. In our Reconnect for First Responders workshops, participants learn how to apply our tools to keep themselves healthy and resilient while working in a high-stress environment.

Hear what first responders are saying about this unique professional development opportunity and then visit our Stories page to learn more about the difference our work is making in the lives of other participants.


At Resources for Resilience, we share practical tools and research-based resources that people of all ages can use to manage stress and find compassion and connection. Our trainings and professional development workshops help participants work together to prevent future adversity and create healthier, more resilient communities. We are excited to announce the expansion of our workshop menu and invite you to reach out any time to talk about which offerings are right for your team.


If you are interested in attending an upcoming event or would like to host a Reconnect for Resilience™ or other workshop in your area, please let us know. We are also available to answer your questions and can offer tools and other resources to promote resilience in your community.


Our Resiliency-Building Tools

In our workshops and professional development programs, we teach practical, science-based tools designed to help people calm down quickly during times of stress. These tools can be used alone or with someone else to help us reset and build our resilience when times are tough.

Check out the videos below, developed in partnership with Edutopia, to see how simple and easy-to-use they really are!


How Resources for Resilience is Making a Difference Across North Carolina

June 27, 2024
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce


With Stress in Schools Increasing, Simple Strategies to Stay Calm

by Laura Lee | October 2, 2020

Featured News

ACEs Science Champions Series: Eulanda Thorne Applies ACEs Science Awareness at School and at Home

by Sylvia Paull | December 11, 2019
ACEs Connection

Featured News

Meet the Unexpected Experts Transforming a North Carolina Town

by Leah Fabel | October 1, 2019
Team for America 

Featured News

Reconnect for Resilience Workshop Recently Held During The Rise & Shine After-School Program

by Virginia Jinks Ramsey | January 28, 2019
The Transylvania Times

The ReProgram: World Peace One Nervous System At A Time

by Host Ann Odom with RFR Executive Director Ann DuPre Rogers | November 2023

Living for Today: ACEs, RFR, and Meditation for Children

by Host Ryan Kurczak with RFR Executive Director Ann DuPre Rogers | August 2019