As the fires broke out in early October, I was sitting in Salem Oregon enjoying a late night visit to the library with my oldest daughter at her college. She and my younger daughter at home in Santa Rosa are so connected to social media that we became aware of the concern and devastation as it was developing. I was so proud of my business partner Monica and her husband Bob as they opened up Tone, that night and for the next week, as a non-official evacuation center. They hosted my husband and daughter along with many other scared folks and their pets that first night – continuing to keep it open the rest of the week.
Tone was closed for business for a few days as our teachers and clients were scattered. As soon as we were able, we opened up a limited schedule and folks seemed so grateful to resume some movement and normalcy. By the following Monday, we were open for our full schedule. Gratefully, none of our staff lost their homes but many of our clients did. Tone, like so many other local businesses, took a heavy financial hit and there are no grants for loss of income to businesses – only loans. And business insurance only covers physical loss. So we did what we love to do. We dove back into our business – offering events and options for folks to come breathe and move. Tone, along with a donation from a dear client, are giving classes to folks in our community who have lost their homes and folks are taking us up on our offer. It is a blessing for us to help.
Time continues to tick and every day still brings a connection to the fire – a remembrance of a lost recipe, finding new routes to familiar spots, spontaneous tears as we come across places we haven’t dared to go. Folks have said this is a marathon. And marathons take training. We know a little bit about that. ;) Please come and take care of yourself so that you can move forward in strength.
If you know of anyone who would enjoy classes at Tone who lost their home in the fire, please have them contact us or if you send me their name, I’d be happy to reach out to them. We would love to offer them time here at Tone. To move. To breathe. To heal.