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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 95-4785462
818-906-3022
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

WeSpark changed my life. They were incredibly nurturing when I needed it. They have a wonderful bereavement group - what a god send. A safe place to talk about my loss with others who truly could empathize with what I went through and the care taking before my loss. I didn't have to be strong or okay or tough - I could just be me and know it went no further. Truly helped and I continue to gain strength from the love and suppport and just plain kindness of the staff and clients.

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

my own clarity and peace of mind.

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

do more publicity

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

the results

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I'd known about them when my mom was alive then we both would have been a part of this wonderful organization.

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2008-10-01

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11 people found this review helpful

WESPARK is absolutely the best. The atmosphere is filled with loving kindness. The staff is made up of caring individuals who really go above and beyond what they are paid to do. The workshops, classes and support groups provide so much in terms of camaraderie, networking and information exchange that one always comes out of each and every WESPARK experience feeling positive, hopeful and cared about. It's all about providing what need, while also providing a chance to give help and support to other cancer warriors

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

the tight bonds that I have formed with others struggling to heal from cancer.

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

dedicated and caring.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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3 people found this review helpful

the Caregivers Group was a blessing for me and my husband. He learned of WeSpark but by that time was too ill to partake of the services. He encouraged me to go to the Caregiver's Group. I was nervous to even call but I did it for Jerry. From the first call to the tour to the group so expertly led by Stephanie, I felt embraced and comforted. Six years later I am still grateful and calmed by my experience with these great people.

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

the best side of humanity

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2003-1-01

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9 people found this review helpful

This organization was invaluable when I was first diagnosed with cancer, providing an outlet, support, sounding board, information, etc. I felt lost and they helped me find myself.

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

they way they helped me during a very difficult time

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

the support

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

kind, understanding and supportive

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

change a lot of lives

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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9 people found this review helpful

In January, 2006, I was in the final stages of Breast Cancer. I learned to make friends with death. I went into remission in August, 2006 and went to WeSpark where I learned to make friends with life. Their programs helped me recover physically, mentally, and spiritually. The staff is warm, loving, and concerned. Their practitioners are professionals guiding their guests (Patients and Caretakers are called guests) to well being with exceptional programs. I’ve been away for a year as I’m recovering from another recurrence. Once again, I’m in stable remission. As soon as I have enough energy to return to the programs at WeSpark, I’m there.

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

everyone I meet associated with it.

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

people that care, interested finding ways to improve it, and know how to laugh.

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

open other facilities with the same dedication and success.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-4-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

WeSpark has been a life changing place for me. Such support from the staff. I was so scared when I frist walked in the door. Didn't know what to expect. But everyone was so welcoming and the atmosphere was very tranquil, calm, inviting. The women I have met there have been inspirational and encouraging and always ready to lend an ear or shoulder.They offer a wide array of services.

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

myself and other client that I have met there.

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

Create more classes.

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

The people I have met there.

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

Kind, supportive and knowledgable.

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

Reach so many more people.

Ways to make it better...

There were more classes on exercise.

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

larger reach.

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

WeSpark helped me focus on my recovery in a positive and supportive environment.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I'm new to WeSPARK and have never before experienced such generous and heartfelt support. I recommend it every chance I get -- to friends, to my doctors, to anyone who might need to help a friend find support for themselves or members of their families. To help them expand and help even more people than they already have is one of my goals. The variety of therapies they offer is stunning in its depth and quality of practitioners.

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

My own progress in thinking more clearly about my disease.

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

Promote it everywhere, and especially with doctors who, once they knew of WeSpark's quality of service, would refer more and more patients to them.

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

The quality of the people they have as associates.

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

Kind, knowledgeable and extremely positive.

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

Create additional satellite sites and be of help to even more people.

Ways to make it better...

I find no need for improvement

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

Fund raising, of course, challenges all non-profits.

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

I'm beyond happy that I was referred to WeSpark by a friend.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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9 people found this review helpful

What a great support! Everyone's unique experiances were so helpful to my own issue. The group was such a relief every visit and helped me feel it was OK to grieve and feel my emotions. I would surely go back if I cancer affected my family again.

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

the best

Ways to make it better...

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2007-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

My husband died in May 2009. We Spark has been an outstanding resource for myself and my two boys. The counselors are sympathetic and loving. The classes are exceptional

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

how my children are adjusting to the death of their father.

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

The wonderful people.

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

thoughtful, caring and very supportive.

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

get a larger space and offer more classes.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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7 people found this review helpful

weSpark has been a wonderful support group for my sister is fighting breast cancer and for my nephew and I. The people are warm and understanding and the programs lift the spirits

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

The way they support both the person with cancer and the caregivers

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

So exactly what they are doing

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

The meeting with Bonnie because she was so very understanding when I needed to talk to someone about my sister's battle with cancer

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

Understanding, warm and willing to help

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

Do much more to help people with cancer and their caregivers.

Ways to make it better...

It could not be any better.

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

Funding to keep the program alive

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

WeSpark is an amazing support group

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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