How to Make Your Community's Economy Sizzle

Blue Zones

With the right lifestyle, experts say, chances are that you may live up to a decade longer. What’s the prescription for success? The author has traveled the world to uncover the best strategies for longevity found in the Blue Zones: places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives. He blends the unique lifestyle formula with the latest scientific findings to inspire easy, lasting change that may add years to your life.

Trauma Stewardship

A practical book that addresses compassion fatigue. The author, a trauma social worker and educator, helps others who work in the trauma field find balance and ways to sustain themselves. Readers are gently guided along a path of exploration, growth, hope and recovery. 

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Billboard against a blue sky: proclaims UCC Strong

When a tragedy hits, a community responds

Oct. 1, 2015, was a day that rocked our world and broke our hearts. The mass shooting at Umpqua Community College was so personal, so local, so much about us. The kind of tragedy that we somehow...  Read More

What happened

Roseburg, Oregon: Nine people were killed when a gunman opened fire in a classroom at Umpqua Community College. Eight others were injured. The victims included the class professor, age 67, and eight...  Read More

Nonstop demands test leaders

The events of Oct. 1, 2015, spun Umpqua Community College into a whirlwind that demanded much more of college leadership than anyone ever would have anticipated.  Read More

Set up for donations immediately

Douglas County has become a member of a club no one wants to join — the group of communities faced with unimaginable calamity. As other agencies played their parts in the aftermath of the Umpqua...  Read More

Lucas Eibel, 1997-2015

Lucas Eibel loved animals. People who knew the 18-year-old described him as thoughtful and kind, with an unexpectedly wicked sense of humor. One of five siblings in a tight-knit family, he was by all...  Read More

How a foundation can help

The Ford Family Foundation was one of many organizations that stepped up to help support Umpqua Community College and the community. One small bit of good luck — if it can be called that — was that...  Read More

Snapshots of support

From across the country, UCC received a wave of support. Cards and posters flooded the college mail room. A moment of silence was observed at community colleges throughout the United States.  Read More

Many acts of kindness

The billboard off the interstate near Roseburg boldly proclaims “I am UCC” next to a graphic of a Riverhawk, the college mascot. For a jarring moment I wondered, How was that billboard put up so...  Read More

Sharing our stories

There are distinct moments when the world changes. There is before and after. For those touched by the events at Umpqua Community College, Oct. 1, 2015, was one of those moments. All of the people...  Read More

Mercy Medical Center ER rises to the challenge

As with all hospital emergency departments, Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg had drilled for a disaster, but never for an event involving multiple gunshot victims.  Minutes after the Umpqua Community...  Read More

An advocate for the victims

Kelly Wright, victim services director at the Douglas County District Attorney’s office, normally assists victims of felony crimes with the judicial process. She provides them with referrals and...  Read More

Flood of mental health volunteers brought help and challenges

Janet Holland, head of Community Health Alliance in Roseburg, was speaking in Astoria before a group of 40 county mental health professionals in a hotel meeting room when she got the call on the...  Read More

Law enforcement: Brief trauma can bring lasting stress

Six minutes after the 911 call about a shooter on the Umpqua Community College campus, two nearby Roseburg Police Department detectives rushed onto the scene. They immediately confronted the shooter...  Read More

Communications needs

Every group involved in the response to the UCC shooting had overwhelming communication needs. Plans were being made quickly — from evacuations of the campus to locations for counseling.  “The...  Read More

When the spotlight fades

For endless days last fall, it seemed like you couldn’t turn on the news without hearing about Roseburg. The shooting at Umpqua Community College grabbed the world’s attention. Media crews besieged...  Read More

Incident Command System

At the University of Oregon, Andre Le Duc and his incident management team are trained to bring order out of the chaos that inevitably results from catastrophic situations. The team is able to...  Read More

Emergency management

When an emergency occurs, the need to communicate is immediate. Emergency management plans give organizations the ability to respond to crises in a calm and systematic manner, with staff who are...  Read More

The first 72 hours

Each time a mass tragedy happens in the United States or beyond, those of us who responded to the shooting at Umpqua Community College feel a shiver. We know the horror. We know the community is...  Read More

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog

Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry details how early-life stress and violence afftects the developing brain. His discoveries contradict the precept that children are emotionally resilient and will outgrow insults to their psyches. On the contrary, he says, abuse can chemically alter early brain development, resulting later in the inability to make appropriate behavioral decisions. Perry makes a powerful case for early intervention for disruptive children to prevent adult sociopathy.

Bonnie Ford, remembered for a life of service

October 22, 2015: The Ford Family Foundation is mourning the passing of Bonnie Ford, the second wife of our founder, Kenneth Ford. Bonnie Ford was an enthusiastic supporter of all of the Foundation’s work and most especially of our scholarship students.

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We have lost friends, relatives

October 12, 2015 (Updated October 18, 2015): We continue to grieve the unspeakable loss that happened on October 1, 2015, at Umpqua Community College. We at The Ford Family Foundation have lost friends and relatives. Like everyone in the Roseburg area, we are doing our best to comfort one another. A week ago we attended funerals of beautiful people whose lives were cut short.

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Putting a new focus on community efforts

In July, Ford Institute Director Roque Barros and Associate Director Max Gimbel met with a community action team in Ontario. The group had identified 10 priorities after a Ford Institute partner-led Alumni Celebration. After deliberation, the group decided to move ahead with a family recreation center. They had already drafted a 90-day work plan, which included a pledge to listen to 1,000 community residents. 

they were listening, engaging, and making a plan

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