It’s been just over a year since the devastating string of tornadoes ripped through multiple parts of the Miami Valley. Dion Green lost the roof of his home, and was among hundreds who suffered tremendous damage to their homes. What makes his story unique is that just a few weeks later, Dion’s father, Derrick Fudge of Springfield, was  killed in the mass shooting in the Oregon District. 

We reached out to Dion to reflect on the past year, how he has been dealing with so much tragedy. He’s been diagnosed with PTSD, and is taking time off work to develop his own nonprofit: Flourishing Under Distress Given Encouragement (Fudge), which is named for his father. The mission of the nonprofit is to connect survivors of a variety of trauma to services and offer encouragement. 

Dion has also written a book based on his experiences:“Untitled: Act of God/Act of Man ($16.95, WestBow Press). Between the time that we booked this episode and record it, the protests about George Floyd’s death broke out, so we of course talk about that as well.

We at the Gem City Podcast stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and are committed to having these community conversation to share dialogue and hopefully help achieve a greater understanding and healing in our community.

TINO – Black Friday

Here is a list of black owned businesses, artists and local non-profits seeking racial justice:

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