Health—General & Rehabilitative

Fortunate Blessings Foundation Inc

aka Second Response

Litchfield, CT


The Fortunate Blessings Foundation is a non-profit, non-faith-based 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is dedicated to innovative education for well-being by promoting wholeness and vitality through dietary and lifestyle practices; for harmonious
and ecologically viable human living and working environments and public
spaces. Our flagship initiative is Second Response, dedicated to restoring the well-being of communities exposed to trauma through body-centered PLAYshop methods.

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Principal Officer

William Spear

Main Address

409 Bantam Road Suite A-3

Litchfield, CT 06759 USA


Building Resilient Communities





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

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To reduce the incidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in children following natural disasters; to improve the quality of life and bring greater attention to the relationship between diet, lifestyle and health.

Educational and experiential seminars and workshops that teach adults how to safely guide children to harmlessly release repressed emotions and restore balance to the whole body. The foundation's initiative "Second Response" produces training on a global scale as well as in the USA for Community Emergency Response Team members as well as the general public. The Foundation also produces various workshops and retreats to highlight the relationship between diet and health.

The Foundation Board of Directors is chaired by a medical doctor and is comprised of other members which include a PhD School Superintendent, a COO of a large publishing company, a hedge fund manager and others. The Advisory Council is comprised of physicians, mental health care professionals and well known local officials and community members. The staff and trainers are PhD psychologists, Emergency Medical Technicians, physicians, neuroscientists, clergy and others interested in and supportive of our mission.

We have reached more than 100,000 children worldwide and regularly receive requests for additional training so as to be able to support existing disaster relief agencies to be better prepared preemptively to mitigate the incidences of PTSD in the weeks that follow a natural disaster. The Executive Director of the Foundation presented the Keynote address to the State of Connecticut Citizen Corps annual Conference attended by more than 400 Emergency Managers, Police chiefs, EMTs, CERT members, FEMA officials and others who comprise the "First Responder" community throughout the region.

When disasters occur globally, existing agencies seek training on the ground from Fortunate Blessings staff after their own first response efforts are concluded so as to be able to better serve children who were traumatized.

Over the past decade, the foundation has been actively producing programs all over the world after disasters in Indonesia, Asia, the South Pacific and North America. The board instituted a two year strategic plan including the production of a White Paper reviewing current literature that supports our methodologies, hiring a Program Coordinator and Operations Director and strengthening our relationship with Homeland Security and FEMA as well as our collaboration with existing global disaster relief organizations.

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Fortunate Blessings Foundation Inc

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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