Resilience Building Blocks for Life

Want to help your clients build resilience?

Resilience Building Blocks for Life cards provide a simple framework to help adults identify the resilience skills they already possess and those they would like to strengthen. Designed in collaboration with the Community Resilience Initiative, each set includes: 10 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) cards, 42 Resilience skill cards, and a detailed guidebook.

The Virginia Health Care Foundation is making this valuable tool available to Virginia’s health safety net organizations for free (not including shipping) and to Virginia health, human services, or community-based organizations for a nominal shipping/fulfillment fee. If you are located outside of Virginia, please visit Community Resilience Initiative to purchase cards.

VHCF has also developed a one-page document that teaches you how to use these cards with your patients/clients.  Included are 7 activities to help them identify and explore their resilience skills.  Step-by-step instructions will help you guide them through each of the activities to spark strengths-based conversations about resilience. Download it here.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and increased demand for resilience-building resources, VHCF developed a Peer-to-Peer version of the Tip Sheet. It features the same 7 activities as the original, but they are explained in a way that can be used by two partners – coworkers, family members, friends – to spark a strengths-based, resilience-focused conversation.

To request sets of cards for your organization, complete the order form here.  To learn more about training opportunities, contact Andrea Lancaster at (804) 828-5804 or

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Last Updated on March 13, 2024