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
Write a Review

See How $25 Can Help

More Info

EIN 95-4785462
818-906-3022
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

For 34 years I have worked for and with non-profits. We saprk is unique,it asks it guests what they want and need in support services and education. After they ascertain what they want and need they actually provide it. From support groups for all family and friends of a person with cancer to energy sessions. We spark provides services for children of all ages that have a loved one with cancer.

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

The children that have been part of the programs here tell their parents that Monday is group day. They want to come to We Spark.

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

This is a community of caring people.

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

I have great respect for the staff and volunteers that engage with We spark.

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

Provide services to the homebound,expand services to different communities, increase program development, and serve the underserved populations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I am the Founder of My Bridge 4 Life and and about to launch this community network for patient and caregiver/supporters. We have piloted this program at weSPARK. The future thinking vision of the center and willingness to blend health 2.0 enabling technologies with world class traditional support group work makes it a one of kind organization in my book!

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

blending warm loving care with health 2.0 technology.

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

bring more up to date research technology into the rooms and sessions (even though its not warm and fuzzy) but I'm a geek.

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

the dedication and caring of its staff which motivates the patients and caregivers there hugely!

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

caring, smart, tireless, eager to learn anything that might help their community.

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

better the lives of 10's of millions!

Ways to make it better...

we had been able to break into multiple smaller groups rather than all be in one large room (next time we'll know better).

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

location, parking, economic challenges of its community

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

parking on Ventura Blvd. is a challenge...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

Was this review helpful? 
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have heard about weSPARK and its free cancer services - I have seen how much their services benefit their clients. I know their biggest trouble is funding - these women deserve so much! The smiles they bring to their clients faces is worth every penny of possible donations.

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

the lives of women they service.

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

enjoy every moment of my job.

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

their endless giving to their customers.

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

gentle and kind.

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

help SO many women fighting cancer.

Ways to make it better...

I would change nothing!

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

FUNDING

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

Was this review helpful? 
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

We have partnered with WeSpark to bring much needed support to the uninsured patients of the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. By bringing the services to Olive View Medical Center, we have been able to ensure access for our patients. Thank you so much for your dedication to the uninsured!

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

the patients diagnosed with breast cancer.

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

working with the dedicated staff to bring programming to our patients.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Was this review helpful? 
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

weSpark is the best Cancer Support Center in Southern California. The programs support the entire human being and facilitate healing. Without weSpark, many people would not be doing as well as they are doing. From the moment a person walks in the front door, that person can feel the love, compassion and support. weSpark clients are given every tool necessary to fight this disease--and the clients are winning!

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

I have seen many people get through their tests without as many side effects. I have witnessed how each person supports another and offers them hope. I have seen how the clients do so much better after being at weSpark for just a week.

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

I would run it the same way, but expand to other cities, or expand the facility to help more people.

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

The caring staff and the incredible determination of the clients. They are truly Inspirational!

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

Professional, compassionate and extremely dedicated. Great!

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

Expand to meet the need of many more people going through cancer, and those who have survived cancer. It could expand its programs and perhaps open satellites to help people in other communities. I know they would put any money they receive to good use.

Ways to make it better...

I cannot think of anything that would make my experience better---this is the best place around.

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

Financial. The clients do not pay, so all the money to run these beneficial programs must come from the public. weSpark needs to expand to be able to help more people.

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

If you, your mother, daughter, sister or friend had cancer, wouldn't you want a weSpark near them to help them fight this disease? Yes, you would!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

weSPARK is a cozy retreat for cancer patients and their families. The staff and facilitators are dedicated to the guests and do their best to help ease the journey with cancer. Their wonderful program is a godsend to those in need. It is like a second family for those people who need support. The support groups are loving and open. The movement classes are specifically designed with cancer families in mind and the spiritual and energy healing classes provide hope and dignity while welcoming peace into the hearts and minds of guests.

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

the improved immune systems and feelings of wellbeing among cancer patients.

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

amazing and dedicated.

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

service all the people who are struggling with this terrible disease.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Was this review helpful? 
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I arrived at WeSPARK a few weeks after completing radiation treatments for breast cancer. I was blessed to have been a part of WeSPARK while Wendy Jo the founder, was still an everyday part of activities and inspiration. I was in an abyss of depression due to handling the death of my spouse and cancer treatment without him nor family members. It is all I could do to drag myself to WeSPARK, however I found groups of other men & women who were not as fortunate as myself, Wendy for one. The other warriors and facilitators picked me up and held me while I gathered my inner strength back. I joined their yoga, ti-chi and quigon (sorry about the spelling)and volunteered at their fund raisers as I began to come back into myself. It was been 6 since I "needed" them, however, I will never forget how they saved my sanity and helped bring me back among the the living. I am cancer free these 6 years and will always be available to WeSPARK when ever I am needed, so I can assist others as they assisted me.

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

the positive attitudes of the cancer warriors who go to WeSPARK for and receive free support.

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

Have summer camp and after school events for kids...

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

the free services such as yoga, massage, wigs, books, movies, and the wonderful people.

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

perfect. However, some of the regular yoga instructors needed to get paid for their time.

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

open in more locations nation wide.

Ways to make it better...

I could have been given a paying job there.

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

keeping it feeling like a family.

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

i miss some of the staff that have been replaced. And I'm not crazy about some of the new "rules" that are showing up. It was more like a family and home than an organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Was this review helpful? 
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Out of all the cancer support groups, this one is unique and special. The array of offerings is staggering. The committment to helping, not just the cancer patient, but their children as well, is what makes this group stand out. caring, lovely individuals, all sorts of classes and experiences and room for other family members. Absolutely fantastic.

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

the lives of some of the people who work there.

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

attempt to get wider recognition in the media

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

the diversity of the individuals who work there as well as the members served.

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

kind, sensitive and lovely

Ways to make it better...

if I had spent more time there

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

money, money, money

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

as a cancer survivor, there is so much need for services to the families of cancer patients

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

Was this review helpful? 
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

weSPARK provides an understanding community in a cozy home atmosphere in many people's greatest time of need. They have a huge selection of supportive and creative programs and encourage everyone to try as many of them as they would like. The wonderful staff, volunteers, and other guests are always there to listen and support one another. I recommend weSPARK to every cancer patient and their family members that I meet.

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

the smiling faces of their guests and the stories I have heard about how weSPARK saved their lives.

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

try to attract to new donors so that weSPARK could provide services to more people in need.

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

the truly unique experience. They have the best staff, facilitators, instructors, volunteers etc. The atmosphere is relaxed and instantly makes you feel comfortable. They strive to live up to their mission and surpass its goals everyday.

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

caring, compassionate, understanding, intelligent, warm people. They have an open door policy and guests are welcome to talk to anyone, anytime they need someone to talk to or just to sit with.

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

change the face of cancer support services and help so many more people.

Ways to make it better...

more people donated to them to give them the ability to provide more services.

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

size and parking. They are starting to outgrow their space.

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

the way there groups are structured is really unique. The groups are split up depending on where a person is in their stage of treatment. For example, a newly diagnosed person would never be in a group with someone dealing with end of life issues.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

weSPARK is a really great, all inclusive, well rounded, FREE support center for people with cancer , their families and children. It is an amazing grassroots, community based center that offers different modalities of support from emotional, to physical and spiritual. It is a friendly, casual and homey environment to get you out of a hospital feel and into the arms of others that understand. I encourage anyone with cancer or effected by cancer to check them out

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

front of my own eyes with newly diagnosed people finding comfort, people in treatment sharing and helping others on the journey, people with mets hopeful and grateful, families sharing frustration and love and children communicating feelings.

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

do more advertizing

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

the interactions with these courageous people filled with heart, love and the desire to help others

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

mostly deeply caring, highly motivated and devoted

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

move to a better site with great parking

Ways to make it better...

more people would have come and gotten what it is there is to experience at weSPARK

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

the board and other administrators

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

it was my great pleasure and honor to have been of service there, wish I could have done more

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-5-01

Was this review helpful?