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
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have taught yoga classes at WeSPARK since 2004. I have seen WeSPARK change countless lives with its broad array of services, which are completely free of charge to cancer patients, their families, and their caregivers. WeSPARK Is a welcoming place full of love and compassion. The staff cares deeply about its members, and the camaraderie between guests is remarkable.

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

After 7 years working for weSPARK, I am still in awe of the broad array of FREE services we offer. This is such a sanctuary for all those touched by cancer. I meet people as they arrive and often see the relief in their eyes that they have found people who care about them and will help them through their journey.

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

Expand services to more locations so that more people could benefit from our services.

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a staff member at weSPARK, I hear from guests time and again about how our mind/body/spirit-driven services have helped them through what may be the worst thing they, and their families, will ever face. At weSPARK we help the whole family -- the patient and all of their loved ones who are dealing with their cancer journey. It's remarkable to see how our help can soothe a family in crisis and sustain them through this process. Beautiful, really.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

When you enter the building, all around you is love. weSPARK provides loving support to all our guests. As someone who works here, I receive thanks everyday from guests who say that weSPARK has been one of the most valuable parts of making it through their cancer journey.

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

As a staff member, I have been able to participate in some of the adjunct offerings, in particular the energy work. It is calming and soothing and I know that our guests who participate in it feel these benefits.

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

None!

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6 people found this review helpful

As a local therapist, I am so grateful to wespark for the services they provide to my clients with cancer. I know that if I refer someone, they will be well taken care of and receive so many benefits from weSPARK's support groups and other offerings.

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

the clients I refer are helped immeasurably by the myriad services at weSPARK. They help mind, body and spirit.

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

Loving and kind. Very welcoming.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

WeSpark and the staff are among so many other qualities; innovative, client centered, and have the ability and desire to change as the needs of the population the serve change. As a professional I refer my patients/families to this organization whenever possible without any hesitation.

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

Make sure they had the resources they needed to continue providing services to our community.

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a former weSPARK volunteer and a psychologist who works with patients and caregivers coping with cancer and its after-effects, I cannot recommend this Cancer Support Center more highly. Caring and highly qualified staff, a variety of services and activities at no charge, and a comfortable facility combine to create this safe haven for those facing these difficult challenges of cancer. It offers a place of grace and dignity for people during what may be the most difficult period of their lives. weSPARK is a tremendous resource in our community.

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

have more of them in other communities.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have watched weSPARK grow over the years and become, almost a household word, in the Los Angeles valley. I meet strangers weekly who all know of weSPARK as the place where friends and family received comfort and care while dealing with a cancer diagnosis. I love that fact that they are constantly innovating with new programs and fundraisers - from gourmet food truck nights to 5k/10k walk/runs on studio backlots.

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

I am please to see the digital outreach that weSPARK is now growing and hope that trend continues, so the extraordinary weSPARK services can be available 24/7 to anyone in need.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been to weSPARK while a patient, and as the (consulting) creative director at the National Cancer Inst. The weSPARK staff is never too busy to provide assistance, comfort and education, and the center has some of the best community outreach and fundraisers I've seen. They also serve as the "bricks and mortar" meet up space for the adolescent and young adult cancer support .org I2Y - bravo weSPARK!

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

Quite 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?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wespark continually lives up to it's mission statement. I have worked for, and been affiliated with non-profits for over 25 years and I am moved by the dedication, compassion, and desire to truly serve their "guests" needs. The work done at Wespark is life altering for all of those involved, including the service providers. I would highly recommend this non-profit to anyone.

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

I have watched guests at Wespark become empowered and better abel toadvocate for them selves. They develop skills necessary for where they are on their cancer journey; whether as survivor, a caregiver, or someone in grief as a result of regular attendence to the services we provide for mind, body and spirit.

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

If this organization had a larger budget, it could offer even more services and branch out to other areas in our community.

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6 people found this review helpful

Wespark is an amazing organization because it puts the guests it serves first. They really care about everyone and you can feel it. They appreciate the people who work with and for them which emanates in fabulous care for cancer patients, their family and friends. I have been involved in non-profits for over 25 years and I think Wespark lives their mission statement.

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

I have seen our guests come in devastated by Cancer and feeling all alone. Once they get involved they make friends, get support, learn constructive ways to handle the stress and anxiety associated with Cancer. I see huge changes as they relax and connect

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

The care and concern for the guests at Wespark that go into all the decisions made within the organization.

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

The staff and volunteers really care. They are kind, compassionate, and provide service because they really want to and it shows.

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

Own it's own building which could better serve the guests by being able to expand and grow their services and the staff who provide them.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Every day I see people overjoyed with the dynamics of weSPARK. Working in the front, I hear guests exclaim that this foundaiton has saved thier life. This is a comment I hear frequently. I feel delighted to be a part of weSPARK and to see the magic that occurs within everyone that comes through here.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Every day I see people overjoyed with the dynamics of weSPARK. Working in the front, I hear guests exclaim that this foundation has saved their life. This is a comment I hear frequently. I feel delighted to be a part of weSPARK and to see the magic that occurs within everyone that comes through here.

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

Literally hearing guests say how pleasantly they are getting through their experience with cancer because of weSPARK. I get to see people smile; people who, without weSPARK, would not have the emotional strength to do so.

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

Give us more donations so we can touch even more lives with our services.

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10 people found this review helpful

I have worked with and referred many people to weSPARK and have seen firsthand the tremendous support and help they've received.

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

witnessing those who have been helped and seen how weSPARK has made a positive difference in their lives.

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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5 people found this review helpful

Over the years I've referred clients to weSPARK knowing that they will be well taken care of. The support groups are wonderful as patients and caregivers find others with similar concerns and share with them. The other services they offer are also very helpful to overstressed cancer patients and their families.

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

the benefits to my clients -- increased well-being and reduced stress.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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10 people found this review helpful

As Guest Services Manager for weSPARK, I have the honor and joy of introducing every new person to a wide variety of services that help reduce stress and promote well-being. At weSPARK, we address the whole person: mind, body and spirit, providing emotional support to people experiencing what may be the most difficult time in their lives. Our environment is non-institutional, warm and welcoming and all of our services are FREE to our guests.

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

the stories guests tell me about how weSPARK has helped them to heal.

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

encourage the creativity of everyone who works here. We are an amazing team!

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

the joy I feel when I offer someone whose struggling to feel soothed.

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

creative, dedicated, loving people.

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

serve so many cancer patients and their families. All of our offerings are so nurturing and soothing -- it would be great for everyone to have the opportunity to benefit from them.

Ways to make it better...

I'd known about weSPARK sooner.

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

broadening our reach. We would love to provide services to as many people as possible.

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

at weSPARK we really care about providing the best and most comprehensive mind/body/spirit offerings to help our guest through their cancer journey. It is our passion and pleasure to be of service.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

weSPARK provides a wide variety of no-cost services, programs, and support for people with cancer AND their caregivers. Individuals are treated with respect and sensitivity, the staff is educated, and the services and locations continue to expand. Whether one prefers a support group, a yoga class, a writing workshop, a lending library, or information regarding patients' rights, the individuals I refer to weSPARK call me with gratitude for introducing them to this warm and caring community.

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

I've witnessed how the activities and support groups have provided my patients with structure, friendship, education, and hope.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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