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June 10, 2013

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June 10, 2013

When I first went to work as an oncology social worker at San Francisco General Hospital some 20 years ago, there was no support program for our many Spanish-speaking patients. It soon became clear that the need was great as people spontaneously began to find and support each other while waiting to see their doctor or during their chemo infusions. Not long after that, the first group was formed which eventually became Circulo de Vida. Over the years, I made many many referrals to Circulo, always confident that whether the needs were for practical help or emotional support or both, each patient would find a warm, reassuring, and culturally competent person ready to listen and help in their own language. Circulo's program to train former patients to work as peer counselors for new clients is just one of countless examples of the deep roots they have established in the Spanish-speaking communities of the Bay Area.

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Make their public face more prominent, for example through a more professional and regularly updated page on the web.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 4, 2013

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June 4, 2013

Circulo de Vida staff help translate for the patient and physician at the time of diagnosis, offer home and hospital visits during surgery and treatment, provide a wide range of Spanish-language support groups, as well as case management and referral to other programs. It has been an honor and privilege to work for Circulo. The people who walk through our doors fill us with hope by way of their courage during a very difficult time in their lives. There is no other organization quite like Circulo.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More funds to meet the increase demand for services.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 4, 2013

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June 4, 2013

The help the Circulo de Vida offers to Latinos who are living with Cancer is invaluable. The organization is unique in that the services it provides are comprehensive, available to all (diagnosed with all types of cancer and their families). If the needs of the patient cannot be met by Circulo de Vida, their staff works very hard to access services from collateral services on behalf of the client, while following the client for as along as necessary.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 1, 2013

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June 1, 2013

Circulo de Vida (CDV) is an invaluable asset to Latino families in the San Francisco Bay Area who have been affected by cancer. They are the most comprehensive psychosocial health service provider for Latinos with cancer and their families. They have helped numerous Latinos navigate their way through the diagnostic, treatment and survivorship phases of cancer. They have a wonderful center that is open to all and extremely welcoming. Spanish-speaking Latinos are diagnosed at later stages, with worse cancers and have worse quality-of-life and more distress than Whites and CDV is doing much to address these disparities. They never charge a fee for their services and really need your support in any way or amount that you are able to provide.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them lots of money so they can replicate their services and serve more people.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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