The Alder Program

SARC’s mental health program is expanding to a new space located just down the hall from our main office. With the move, we have also decided to give the program a name with meaning.

We are excited to introduce to you: The Alder Program. The name is based on alders, trees that are native to the Pacific Northwest. Alders are beautiful and resilient trees that are steeped in rich symbolism across many cultures. We chose this tree to represent our program because alders are important to forest restoration and health. After a forest fire, landslide, or clear-cut, alders quickly sprout and then secure and heal the soil as their roots spread and produce nitrogen, creating a nurturing environment for other trees to take root and thrive. Like alders, our program hopes to provide a safe and nurturing place for survivors to recover from the devastating impacts of sexual assault trauma.