weSPARK Cancer Support Center

Rating: 4.95 stars   487 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Human Services, Cancer

Location: 13520 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks CA 91423 USA

Mission: weSPARK is a special place dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients, their families and friends. weSPARK provides free of charge, a center where one can join with others to share their experience, strength, and hope. weSpark offers multiple services designed to heal the mind, body and spirit of all those lives that have been affected by cancer.
Target demographics: cancer patients and their loved ones
Geographic areas served: Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley
Programs: free support groups and a host of other therapeutic and holistic programs. These programs are designed to alleviate fear, anxiety, depression, isolation, and evoke feelings of relaxation and well-being.
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EIN 95-4785462
818-906-3022
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I began as a facilitator some years ago. Wendie Jo was active at weSPARK at that time and generated the “spark” in weSPARK. Cancer and laughter, on the face of it, should be in opposition. Not so in the hallowed and cozy weSPARK. Perhaps a little background would give the reader some context. When I was nineteen years old, I lost my mother to cancer. At that time in our history, cancer was a big family secret. “Polite people” handled things, even teenage girls. There were no family support groups. One toughed it out and got on with it. Imagine my delight to find, “as an adult” a place where I could give the thing I had wanted most. Nancy Allen’s insight into how best to showcase the needs of the guests was part of Wendi Jo’s vision. Nancy brought that vision to life as Creative Director. What I get from the guests is far more than I give. Thank you weSPARK staff.

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

Facilitating classes

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I have worked and met with most all the staff at WeSpark and they truly hold my highest regards for their passion and dedication to their cause. I have seen numerous guest (patients) who come to WeSpark for some form of support and they have always been welcomed and nurtured with open arms and without descrimination to any particular circumstance. I have had the pleasure of working with this fine organization and look forward to on many accounts in the future. Without any reservation, I highly recommend anyone to be involved themselves with WeSpark on some level.

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

fundraising activities, day to day activities, and patient intakes, group sessions

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

the people that work and volunteer. They are what make the difference.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Almost 10 years ago, I sat with weSPARK's founder, Wendie Jo Sperber, as she described her vision for a place where cancer patients, their friends and families could receive the support they need in a warm, friendly environment. Before her death, she not only realized that vision, but began it's expansion. weSPARK represents the best example of how small, intimate non-profits can effectively serve their communities.

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

by working on special events with many of weSPARK's guests.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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7 people found this review helpful

My wife and I have been involved in We Spark for almost 3 years.She as a stage 4 metastatic colon cancer patient and I as a caregiver. Both of us rarely miss our respective Tuesday meetings in Santa Clarita.It gives us support,comfort and information from people who are in the same boat as we are.And moderated by a professional versed in these issues. It's a place we can go to get away from the daily bombardment of healthcare,caregiving and well wishing advice of well meaning people. We also participate in yoga classes and various fund raising, golf and fund raising walks. We Spark has given us much comfort and support.Life would have been much more difficult without them. Ron & Irene Singerman Santa Clarita Valley.

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

The knowledge gained,comfort and comeraderie from attending the sessions and events. My stress level is where it is most likely due to my participation in what is offerred.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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9 people found this review helpful

We Spark has been a tremendous help to my wife as a cancer patient and myself as a caregiver. We each attend our respective weekly group meetings which has helped us through our 2 year ordeal. We also participate in Yoga twice per week and ny wife attends several other available group gatherings. Our lives have been much more tolerable with We Spark showing us the way.

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

The effect it has on people after a few group sessions. The quality of people running the group sessions[LCSW]as well as the admin staff.

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

Advertise the services offered in newprint,Magazines or local TV.However,I don't know what they can afford.

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

The caregiver weekly group meetings.Feels as though we have all bonded.Gain strength from each other.

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

Competent and obviously happy to be doing what they are doing.

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

Advertise as previously stated. They could expand the locations and increase the size of existing locations.

Ways to make it better...

I have no answer for this question.Satisfied with the current level of services offered.

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

Maintaining a participant base as some people lose the battle.

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

I expect to continue to be active in this organization even if I no longer need their services as a caregiver or bereaver if that day were to come.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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4 people found this review helpful

WeSpark is the most loving, beautiful and generous place! i absolutely LOVE providing services for everyone here. it is this exceptional haven for so many on their healing journeys. the value of being seen, understood, loved, supported, and provided for as a whole being (and not just a disease) cannot be overestimated. it is totally heart-centered and not remotely clinical. i recommend WeSpark to people i meet all the time. it is a privilege to work here.

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

the gratitude the guests have for this unique and nurturing space.

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

establish more direct relationships with area hospitals. (i might just be unaware of them, i don't get to see how the rest of the org is run)

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

hearing how my work is helping someone get through their journey with more optimism, grace, trust, and peace.

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

amazing, heart-centered people.

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

expand into other areas of the state, provide more services and classes, and perhaps have their methods studied and implemented as important aspects of cancer treatment.

Ways to make it better...

i could be here more days of the week (financially not feasible).

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

establishing a strong yet heart-centered leadership (though a new committee is now in place so this might be it!), and a streamlined communication system.

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

it is a real privilege to be affiliated with WeSpark. i am very proud of all that they do.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Volunteering for such an amazing charitable orginization was truly inspiring. Hearing the personal stories from others about how much this program has helped and changed their lives was something I'd never give back.

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

The ways survivors who have been helped and inspired through this orginization speak about it.

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

Ways to make it better...

I could make the time to keep volunteering.

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

weSPARK is a special place, like non-other. It offers free services to all persons affected by cancer. It is like going home, you are always greeting by a friendly smile and there is always someone to talk to.

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

how wonderful the atmosphere is and how the whole staff makes you feel welcome and are of the family.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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5 people found this review helpful

my name is lea and i volunteered for this organization and had a great time. Everybody there is so nice and helpful

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

wonderful and helpful

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

save millions of lives

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

This organization has helped my family through a difficult time. I am grateful for all of their hard work, dedication and support we have received.

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

All of the people within the organization are very caring and supportive.

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

Very patient, understanding and welcoming.

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

Provide more opportunities for so many families and individuals in need.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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7 people found this review helpful

WeSpark is a vitial part of the community serving people battling cancer. All services are free and offered in a homelike environment. My first encounter with WeSpark was five years ago when my husband died of cancer. He had been ill for several years & I was his caregiver. That role took it's toll on me physically & emotionally. The wonderful programs there focused on my grief & return to wholeness. They enabled me to heal.

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

the difference it's made in their guests lives. It's been a positive experience for the many people that have shared that sentiment with me both as a guest myself & as the greeter they see when they first enter the building!

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

be very proud

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

Seeing how it transforms people and gives them HOPE

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

loving & supportive

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

help many more people that it already does now. It touches so many lives so deeply. It gives people the courage & vision to to go on with their lives. It's one of the very few places "where money can buy happiness"

Ways to make it better...

If Wendie Jo's smiling face were still present, but we feel her love in her living legacy, WeSpark

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

The need for more funds, but thats the same challenge facing all non-profits today

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

WeSpark provides a safe place for people to share their fears, doubts, hopes, tears & laughter.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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