Resilient Detroit


December 17th, 2020

22 mins 18 secs

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About this Episode

The pandemic changed all our lives. Here’s how it affected those on the frontlines.

Show notes:

(1:40) We look at the pandemic through the lens of FEMA’s shock cycle, which evaluates a community’s response to trauma. We begin with phase one: preparedness.

(2:58) After some testimony from Laura, a woman quarantining alone, we hear from Kelly, an ER nurse on the front lines of treading patients. We then meet Nicole, mother of four who’s helping her kids with remote learning, and her son Sean, and Sam, the general manager at PAO Detroit, a restaurant that opened just before the pandemic hit.

(6:15) We learn about phase two: the impact. Kelly, Nicole, Sam, and Laura discuss when the reality of COVID life set in, the challenges it presented — each person’s challenges and experiences unique — and how they each adapted to this “new normal”.

(16:28) The third phase, disaster management, is exemplified in Sam’s testimony of how PAO helped Detroit and Detroit helped PAO back; Kelly’s story of neighbors and communities rallying around first responders; Laura’s reflection on the new opportunities for connection that came from the crisis; and Nicole’s affirmation that we are all truly rising from the ashes.

(21:33) Phase four: recovery. We reflect on the ways we’ve all lived through the pandemic together and the persistent resilience of Detroit.

Tags/keywords: Detroit Stories, resurget cineribus, coronavirus, pandemic, COVID, Detroit Catholic, Archdiocese of Detroit, rise from the ashes