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Welcome to the Adams County Resiliency Project


To Bounce Back


Most of us think of resiliency as that which helps us to cope with adversity. While this is true, building resiliency is key to not only surviving but also helps us to thrive and lead richer lives during the good times. Building resiliency can make a huge difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities, and most of us could use a little bit of help right about now, as we face increasingly challenging times.

What can I do to be a resiliency builder?

What's inside us

It's an inside job!


Build personal resiliency.

Build personal resiliency - It's an inside job.

  • Learn to manage your emotions.

  • Increase your ability to manage stress.

  • Develop your sense of humor.

  • Engage in creative thinking and activities. Doodle, write, or color.

  • Cultivate an optimistic outlook on life.

  • Make a mental list of things you are grateful for each and every day.

  • Retrain your brain Replace negative self-talk with positive as soon as you catch it.

Meditation and Sound Resources
You Tube Videos


Limit media exposure to things that are stressful. This is especially important for our children. They will be exposed to what’s happening in the world, but no need to over- expose. While we don’t want to ignore what's going on in the world, we can make a decision to distance from negative thoughts, people and situations over which we have no control.

What's BetweenUs

Build relationships - making the most of what's between us.

  • Develop a habit of smiling when you catch someone's eye.

  • Be aware of the feelings and needs of others.

  • See the positives in others. Affirm their strengths.

  • Listen fully when others speak then respond.

  • Be a mentor to a child, a friend to a struggling neighbor.

  • Develop supportive relationships based on mutual respect and trust.


 People feel good, cared about and validated when someone listens to them. Listening is a skill that needs to be developed and practiced. Most of us talk at or to others. Try intentionally shutting off your brain by really focusing on what the other person is saying. To do this, you will likely look at the person speaking, becoming more aware of not just what they are saying, but how they are saying it. Listening well and speaking kindly develops caring relationships that convey compassion, understanding and respect.

Resources for  making the most of what's between us

What Supports Us

Be a resilient community builder - it's what supports us!

  • Engage in, encourage others to participate in community events and activities that are inclusive and bring community together.

  • Recognize the meaningful contributions of others to the community.

  • Hold positive expectations of the future, while engaging in working with others to solve community problems.

  • Honor and help connect residents to their faith and cultural communities which have traditions and values that build resiliency.

  • Work with others to create a community that is safe and where the desired quality of life is sustainable, now and into the future.


Communities can plan for and develop ordinances and services which are user friendly. Communities can value and include children as an integral part of community life. Events, activities, and spaces can be developed and supported  with the needs and interests of children, families, and the elderly in mind. Contributions of all community members to the greater good can be acknowledged and celebrated. Faith and cultural traditions can be honored and celebrated by the whole community.

Resources for that which supports us

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