The Hearth produced a special event at Umpqua Community College to help the healing process in Douglas County following the one year anniversary of the shooting at Umpqua Community College. Six local community members shared stories of generosity, kindness, and compassion that took place in the wake of the tragedy. This was the culmination of a one year project directed by Hearth founder Mark Yaconelli that used a variety of story collection strategies to promote healing following the trauma of the shooting. You can read about the live storytelling event here.
In November of 2015, The Hearth was given a grant by The Ford Family Foundation to develop The Umpqua Story Project. The purpose of the project is to employ a variety of narrative practices to promote healing in Douglas County in the wake of the October 1, 2015 shooting at Umpqua Community College. Here is an article on The Umpqua Story Project and it’s impact on the community.
Two weeks after the horrific shooting at Umpqua Community College in which nine were killed and nine wounded, Mark Yaconelli was contacted by The Ford Family Foundation. “In the midst of the shock and pain of the October 1, 2015 tragedy, there was this generous, creative, compassionate response by local community members. The question was could The Hearth design a project that would collect and archive these stories so that the memory of this tragedy wasn’t only the violence and grief, but also the many acts of generosity and kindness that sought to bring healing.”
The Umpqua Story Project was formed with the purpose of providing compassionate settings where people across the Umpqua Valley could share their experiences of kindness in the wake of the tragedy. The project trained fifteen volunteers in compassionate listening, set up tables in coffee shops, libraries, schools and other public spaces across Douglas County and invited people to share their responses to the shooting at UCC. In addition to providing opportunities for the public to record their experiences, the project sent out staff members to record stories from individuals who had reacted to the tragedy with particular generosity and creativity. Read more