The Healing Our Community Initiative
Coming Together to Heal Our Community
The Healing Our Community Initiative is a transitional wellness housing program that provides individuals directly impacted by the loss of their residence a place to heal and time to care for and connect with themselves, in order to cope with the stress and anxiety of planning for the future now exacerbated by the fear of homelessness. This restorative program at 1440 Multiversity may be paid for by individuals’ insurance coverage or funded for those less fortunate by generous donors, sponsors and partners who wish to support the mental health and physical, emotional and spiritual rejuvenation of those victimized by the recent and ongoing wildfires.
Healing Our Community is a long-term stay program ranging from 31-90 days or more. Registered guests will stay on the private 75-acre non-profit 1440 Multiversity campus located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and during their stay, individuals will be provided with safe, comfortable housing and opportunities to engage in restorative wellness-centric signature classes twice each day. Resources made available at 1440 will help participants overcome the stress, anxiety and grief they are experiencing in order to begin the healing process and establish continued care of self, family and other loved ones. A full year of online care curriculum and resources will also be available for all participants while on campus and after they depart.
1440 Multiversity is a 501(c)(3) operating philanthropic campus, and each financial gift in its entirety – 100 percent – will be used to support this program.
On August 17, 2020, lightning strikes started hundreds of fires across Northern California, and in the days since, over 1 million acres have burned. California is currently under a state of emergency and the fire season in 2020 is on pace to be worst in history, surpassing more than 3 million acres burned.
The CZU Lightning Complex Fire that ravaged the San Lorenzo Valley and is now contained resulted in one civilian casualty; however, it destroyed 925 residences and damaged nearly 100 more with over 7,600 structures threatened and approximately 5,600 families applying for FEMA assistance. Collectively, the CZU Lightning Complex Fire destroyed 1,490 structures — including 171 commercial structures and 388 other minor structures — leaving residents traumatized, homeless and, in the worst cases, destitute.
Many residents who called the San Lorenzo Valley home have been forced to seek shelter and refuge elsewhere — in some cases hotels and apartments, and in worst cases in their vehicles separated from their families. The physical evacuation caused fear and a feeling of exposure, and the weight and gravity of losing their homes and personal belongings weighs heavily on those still impacted. These individuals require the supportive care of friends, family, loved ones and others who just want to help.
The Healing Our Community Initiative allows for a first-step towards the renewal of a degree of normalcy surrounded by much-needed community and understanding during these most difficult times. It is incumbent upon those who have the ability to help to step forward and create hope for the future.
Registered approved participants will find peace and comfort here while experiencing a renewed sense of hope and purpose by learning to process grief and begin healing; and a sense of deep gratitude from the community who supports them. In addition to the classes and educational resource sessions that will be available, ongoing access to 1440.tv and a continued-support program will offer participants the ability to further their learning and connection to the subjects they explored during their healing sessions on campus.
Homeowners with insurance policies that cover additional living expenses (ALE) or loss of use may register directly for this program if their coverage pays for extra costs to live while their home is uninhabitable. Individuals who do not have such coverage can also register and pay out of pocket for the program directly.
In order to adhere to strict social distancing and group gathering guidelines in keeping with public safety, this program will be limited to 100 participants.
Launch Date & Term
This program will launch in October 2020 with tier-pricing option for participants to choose from ranging from a minimum of 31 days up to six months or more.
1440 MULTIVERSITY HAS BECOME one of the nation’s leading modern learning destinations, having welcomed more than 100,000 visitors since its opening in 2017. While on campus, guests will enjoy comfortable accommodations, wellness classes, renewal time and curated experiences to connect with themselves and others while discovering new approaches for how to live, love, lead, work and wonder through resources that help compassionately manage stress during this difficult time of need and beyond.
Healing Our Community program applicants who are selected to register and participate will benefit from access to:
- Dinner service Monday – Friday may be available; a minimum of 40 registered participants is required.
- Amenities including 4 miles of walking trails and opportunities for forest bathing; a 250 square-foot saltwater Infinity Hot Tub surrounded by towering redwoods; a 1,400-square-foot fitness center; and more.*
- A “deep hospitality” mentality from campus staff so each guest is met with compassion during their stay.
- Privately assigned guest rooms to ensure rest and relaxation.
- Monitored safety and security protocols that are enforced for the health and comfort of all campus guests and staff.
- Relevant learning and tools to support themselves, their families, and their communities to include but not limited to American Red Cross resources.
- Respected speakers who are experts in their fields.
- Access to complimentary online curricula designed to continue support for those impacted after they return home – tools will include weekly webinars from accredited experts, a podcast series, videos on difficult conversations, mindfulness apps, and more.
- 1440 Signature Classes focused on helping you renew your spirit and inner fitness; meditation and embodied movement; and nature walks, all to help re-energize and raise your self-awareness to create hope for living well.
As an Essential Business designated by the County of Santa Cruz, Office of Emergency Services, 1440 Multiversity maintains rigorous health and safety measures including social distancing, cleaning, and ample opportunities for outdoor activities. Please visit the Health & Safety section to learn more.
*Please Note: Facilities and amenities may vary based on local and state COVID-19 public safety guidelines and mandates. Guests will receive periodic updates during their stay.
1440 Multiversity is able to offer a variety of safe and comfortable accommodations to best fit the needs of those impacted by the fires.
- Suites and Guest Rooms include one designated parking space.
- All Premium Suites include a ground-level outdoor walk-out patio.
- All Premium Guest Rooms have outdoor balconies.
- Public laundry facilities are located in the Trillium Building — social distancing and safety rules apply.
- All Guest Rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi.
- No Guest Rooms include kitchens.
- Small refrigerators are available at an additional cost.
- Program participants are responsible for all costs related to linens, bedding and sundries, in addition to the general maintenance and upkeep of all privately assigned spaces.
- 1440 Multiversity is a tobacco-free campus; smoking is strictly prohibited and subject to 1440 service fees.
- No pets are allowed in Guest Rooms.
- A 31-day minimum stay is required.
- 1440 is not an apartment — due to COVID-19 mandates some campus facilities and amenities are limited.
- A Guest Services desk is available at Common Grounds — hours may vary.
- 1440 Multiversity employs an overnight security team that monitors campus safety.
- Due to our nonprofit designation, only registered guests of 1440 Multiversity are allowed on the private campus — no outside visitors or guests are permitted.