Resilience, recovery and rebuilding the topic of May 30 event

While the July 2018 tornado lasted a matter of minutes, its residual impact is still felt by those who endured it. UnityPoint Marshalltown Foundation and the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation have partnered to offer a free, educational Marshalltown Strong talk for the business community from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 30 at Elmwood Country Club.

“The goal is to support the community in recovering from last year’s tornado, and we’re doing that by focusing on the emotional and behavioral responses we might be seeing in the community as a result of having lived through the incident itself, specifically, with a focus on the business community — what they’re seeing among members of their team, with customers or vendors, and offer some strategies,” Deirdre Gruendler, executive director of the UnityPoint Health Marshalltown Foundation said.

UnityPoint Health Marshalltown Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the health care provided through the hospital.

After registration and welcoming remarks, the program will begin at 5:30 p.m. Guest speakers will be Tom Eachus and Amanda Schara, both of UnityPoint Health – Waterloo.

Attendees will learn the signs of tornado-related stress that may be impacting a person’s business, company and its employees. Information about local and regional resources will be provided.

“The depth of stress placed on our business district has fatigued owners, employees and sometimes customers,” Karn Gregoire, executive director of the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation said. “It is our hope that the presentation will provide businesses information and insight that will help their overall recovery.”

The event is restricted to representatives of businesses that were impacted by the July 2018 tornado.

“It’s not a counseling session, it’s more educational and informational in nature,” Gruendler said. “It will talk about what physically happens to the body when you go through trauma and how that will impact you.”

Hearty appetizers will be served.

Reserve your space by May 28 at MT_Foundation@unitypoint.org or 641-754-5005.


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