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June 30, 2010

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June 30, 2010

Thankfully, we became aware of SVLP via a TV Community Public Service announcement during the process of moving back to San Diego. It had been one year since our son was killed and we were in the very deep waters of grief. News of the capture of the suspect(s) came on the heels of our move, which added to the stress we were experiencing. It became a necessity for us to find a group with the specialized expertise to assist us through this difficult time. SVLP guided us through the range of emotions that would come in unexpected waves,and validated what we were experiencing as "normal." By giving us the tools we would need to rebuild our lives as a family of survivors, we have been able to focus on our loved one's life and ways in which we can bring meaning to it in our journey ahead. SVLP also gave me the opportunity to contribute as a volunteer in their organization. It is satisfying being able to do so in our son's memory. We know he would have been in favor of such an special Program whose members strive to alleviate the unique grief shared by Survivors of Violent Loss.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Emotional healing

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 8, 2010

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June 8, 2010

I attended this porgram after the death of my Father in 2000. I had never participated in any type of therapy before but knew that I needed to do something or else I would not be okay and if I wasn't okay then my family would not be okay. The 10 week session was very theraputic, being in a room with others who understand completely what it feels like when you say " I have this pain inside me that won't go away" is unmeasurable. Murder is not a topic people like to discuss or be part of, and until one is affected by this personally they cannot fully understand the magnitude this has on life. A common phrase used in SVLP is that "we are members of a club we never wanted to belong to" This is so true. I never thought that I would bond with a group of strangers so quickly or strongly. We were all in the same situation and let loose all of the emotions we had inside of us out in front of each other and it was okay. Losing someone you love in this circumstance is horrific, however with the help of SVLP it can become bearable.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as a client, the work they do is exceedingly helpful.

Ways to make it better...

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

find ways to get them more money and publicity to reach others who are now members of a club they never wanted to be part of.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The help they give

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very kind and knowledgeable

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help an amazing amount of people who find themselves in a horrible situation.

Ways to make it better...

I had known of this program earlier

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funding and publicity

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am thankful for my time with SVLP and the help they gave me which was passed on to my family

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 6, 2010

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June 6, 2010

I have lost several loved ones to violent loss. I attended the Survivors of Violent Loss Program small group ten week session. It was the best thing I could have done. that group helped me deal with and process my grief in a safe and caring environment. Attending the small group changed me in a very positive way as it helped me by strengthening and empowering me. The therapists at SLVP are the best. They care and give the clients support that comes from their hearts. I have gained so much from SLVP that I am now a part time volunteer for them. The work they do to help the survivors of violent loss is priceless.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have attended both small group and some individual therapy at SLVP

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The care and support

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 4, 2010

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June 4, 2010

My husband was killed in a tragic way. I was left a widow at the age of 38 with two young children to raise. At the time I felt lost and misunderstood even though I went to counseling at that time. After researching grieff support groups, I came across the SVLP Program and their Traumatic Grieff Support Group. I scheduled an appointment and shortly after met with a counselor. It was the best thing that happened to me and my children. I participated in the group and although my situations was extremely difficult, I found that the SVLP Thearapist and the other group members understood. It was like a validation of my pain and my hope.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The counseling services provided to me and my children benefited us greatly. My children were able to function in school and to go back to their activities. I was able to improve my functioning and to go back to work.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would expand their marketing strategies. This program should be available to everyone that is in need of bereavement counseling.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The grieff support group/ program works. It's effective.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, compassionate, knowledgeable, supportive, aproachable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could help many victims of a violent loss and their families.

Ways to make it better...

I hadn't needed their services, unfortunately I did need the services and fortunately I found this amazing organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial limitations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

All the staff that I've had any contact with has been helpful, kind, understanding and supportive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 4, 2010

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June 4, 2010

I sought therapy from the SVLP after the tragic loss of my father. Both the individual and group therapy assisted with helping me cope with the difficult, overwhelming emotions I was feeling at the time.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through the group therapy I gathered support in understnading that I was not alone in my ordeal. The counselors were well-trained and easy to work with.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

June 3, 2010

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June 3, 2010

I became involved in SVLP in late 1997 after the brutal murder of my little brother. He was the only boy in a family of 5 girls. His death was devastating to us. We had never experienced such a loss and trying to figure out the justice system was like a wound that never healed. I was trying to remain strong for my mother and doing my best to maintain some sort of household for my husband and baby but every time I was alone I found myself just breaking down. When I would be alone in the car I would linger in my own thoughts. I would start to cry and just lose track of where I was supposed to go. I just couldn't function as I had before. Nothing seemed important to me. When SVLP reached out to us I jumped at the chance to speak with someone about what I was going through. Someone who completely understood and just didn't tell me that I would "get over it." After talking to them and going through the 10 week program I began to heal. I still haven't "gotten over it" but I have learned to cope with it and not let my emotions suffocate me. I continue to be part of SVLP through monthly groups, community events, and volunteer opportunities. I'm not always consistent in my involvement and they don't expect it from me but whenever I need them they are always there.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

late 1997 after the murder of my little brother.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the feeling that I was important to them and they truly understand and knew how to help me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and considerate of my own feelings.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to the whole county and even provided services to other states by having satellite offices in various communities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 3, 2010

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June 3, 2010

I lost my loved one to suicide in May of 2009, and the loss was very traumatic, painful, devastating. Within the first month after my loss I sought help from the Survivor Of Violent Loss Program, SLVP, through one on one therapy, complemented with their 10-week group therapy program. The helped I received from SLVP in navigating and understanding the range of extreme, painful emotions was invaluable. The support from the counselors and from other people attending the group sessions was, I believe, what prevented long term emotional problems that could have developed due to the traumatic specifics of my loss. SLVP gave me the tools and support I needed to cope with my loss, and I am forever grateful to SLVP. Their work is invaluable, professional, sympathetic, humane, and well organized. I could not have asked for better.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Coping with a traumatic loss of a loved one, due to suicide.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their ability to relate and understand the wide range of emotions derived from a traumatic, violent loss. Because of this, they are able to help navigate the pain in a constructive way, and prevent permanent trauma.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, sympathetic, helpful, professional, knowledgeable, relatable, organized, compassionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have greater outreach to help so many people who suffer a tragic, violent, traumatic loss due to suicide, homicide, accidents. This help prevents long term issues like depression, alcoholism, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 3, 2010

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June 3, 2010

I recommend Survivors of Violent Loss Program to anyone who has suffered a traumatic loss due to homicide, suicide or some other unexpected and violant cause of death. The people involved are dedicated to helping others develop coping strategies for living with the loss of loved ones. I cannot commend this organization too highly.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

SVLP helped me deal effectively with grief and the grieving process after my parents were murdered. I have participated in the group counseling program and individual counseling program, and I have attended several of the organization’s community events.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase its staff and community involvement.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the help I received in dealing effectively with grief and the grieving process after my parents were murdered.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, compassionate, sincere and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help many more survivors of violent loss deal with their grief and fund scientific research in this area of psychotherapy.

Ways to make it better...

the facility had been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The organization is a great nonprofit!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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