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Causes: Health, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: Raise awareness of eating disorders through presentations to physician,educator and community groups. Promote recovery by providing resources for education, treatment and monthly support groups. Participate in local,state and national advocacy efforts to support mental health parity, eating disorder legislation, and effective insurance coverage.

Programs: Train physicians and health care professionals on how to recognize eating disorders; promote recovery among individuals who attended our monthly support group meetings; responses to requests for help via email, phone and website.

Community Stories

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was involved with EDRC to fulfill the service portion of my school project, QUEST. The main coordinator, Janice Bremis, was very keen on responding to all of my emails. She is a hardworking and eager person whom spends a great deal of her energy in this organization. When I had questions she was inquisitive on answering them. EDRC is a great organization which can provide you with an extensive amount of information relating to all kinds of eating disorders. What symptoms to look for as well as where and what treatments are available to you. I highly recommend visiting their website, as well as visiting their office if you are a local.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For the third year, the Eating Disorders Resource Center has been a valuable participant in the Strong Girls, Strong Women high school girls leadership conference, sponsored by the American Association of University Women-SJ and the Santa Clara County Office of Women's Policy. EDRC members participated on our Advisory Council, provided two amazing workshops, and a student EDRC member was one of our luncheon speakers panel. This year nearly 300 girls and women attended the event, focusing on empowerment and equity issues for girls and women. The support of EDRC is a key component in the success of the Strong Girls, Strong Women conference. We, at SGSW, look forward to our continued collaboration with the EDRC for the benefit of girls throughout Santa Clara County.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

By the time I was directed to the EDRC to help resolve a family eating disorder issue, Ms. Bremis' reputation had already preceded her. I'd heard about the strong portfolio of resources that they offered, as well as how positive and effective they were.

When I did go there in person I was offered all sorts of great materials, contacts and advice that proved to be vital in the treatment and recovery process. However, what stood out for me was the very insightful and personal connection EDRC makes with the "client". It made not only a big difference but left a lasting impression that I will continue to share with others in need.

My best wishes, deepest gratitude and desire to continue supporting the center!
Laurence K.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In my role as the Mental Health Consultant to the Health Services Director at West Valley College Student Health Services I had the recent opportunity to attend an in-service training conducted by Laura Machado, LMFT of the Eating Disorders Resource Center. As a licensed mental health professional for almost 37 years, who also teaches graduate practice courses at San Jose State University's School of Social Work, I have considerable experience and expertise with high-risk adolescents and their families, and have attended countless trainings on this subject. Although Laura spent only one hour with us, her presentation was unequivocally the best I have ever experienced! She was knowledgeable, personable, and a very good teacher. I could have listened to her for hours! Assuming that Ms. Machado represents the quality found at the Eating Disorders Resource Center I have nothing but praise for your organization.

Barry Goldman-Hall, LCSW

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past 3 years I have been a participant and a volunteer at the EDRC support group for parents and friends with loved ones suffering from eating disorders. I am so grateful for this amazing organization which provides a plethora of information and resources on every aspect of this debilitating illness. Being with other parents who are going through the same horrendous experience of learning, helping, managing and fighting for their loved one's survival and recovery is a life line to help combat that overwhelming sense of isolation that is part of this illness. The awesome staff of EDRC work tirelessly and the facilitators of the support groups are dedicated souls who give from the heart. Participants come to these groups in a state of shock, bewilderment and emotional chaos...they walk out with a sense of purpose and hope and armed with a list of resources and lots of support. For many, this is the only source of support. Thank you EDRC for all your dedication and advocacy...you are a true blessing. Elli

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Eating Disorders Resource Center provides us with a speaker each year for our interns at Alum Rock Counseling Center (ARCC). This year, they sent Laura Griffith Machado, who provided an informative training that our interns really appreciated. She described eating disorders, gave real life examples from her experience, and gave them a lot of ideas about interventions. The EDRC is a valued resouce for ARCC. Thye respond promptly to questions and requests and the staff are friendly, courteous, and professional. If you have questions, need support, or referrals, the EDRC is a great resource!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Laura gave a presentation on eating disorders to the Student Health Services staff at West Valley College, and it was extremely informative and engaging! She tailored the presentation to our interests and needs, and I enjoyed her warmth, humor, and ability to articulate in-depth information with ease. The entire experience far exceeded my expectations. Thank you!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The training Kira and Laura from the Eating Disorder Resource Center put on for us was amazing. It greatly exceeded our expectations. They provided us with a lot of very helpful information – both general information as to how we can best serve our clients with eating disorders and many ideas for specific interventions we can use with them. They also provided great written information that we can refer back to. Our presenters were funny, down-to-earth, and extremely knowledgeable. We learned so much and had a great time!

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1 Sascha M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about how much the erdc has helped and enriched my life. As a young woman who has struggled with some form of an eating disorder for more than half my life and have never had the courage to seek professional help, this place/organization opend so many doors to healing for me. I took a chance and went to a group meeting one Wednesday night a handful of months ago and I am happy to report that things are beginning to really change for me! I truly look forward to the meetings each month. I am so appretiative for the welcoming, safe, and supportive environment and staff they have. They even have a library of great self help books to borrow from which is great for those that want to continue therapy at home! They are a wealth of information on all facets of eating disorders. I don't know where I would be right now had this valuable resource not been available to me. I am truly grateful for the erdc!! If you are even considering getting help, take a step towards self love and check them out. You and they are worth it!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

EDRC sent volunteers to help educate out staff about eating disorders. They were extremely kind, equipped & helpful! I plan on having them back some time soon!

-Spencer Kilgore-
-South Bay Teen Challenge - San Jose CA-

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am grateful to the partnership of EDRC, Center For Hope of the Sierras, and SFAPTED for their comprehensive presentation about diabulimia to a wide audience of therapists, nurses, dietitians, diabetes educators and physicians. Diabulimia is a dangerous combination of type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder, and EDRC is in the forefront of bringing the hidden population of those struggling with it to light and bringing a much needed awareness of it to the community. I had struggled with this disorder years ago; since few physicians or therapists had heard of it, I received almost no help. It's wonderful that through the efforts of EDRC this is changing.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending Hidden Complexities of Treating Eating Disorders in Diabetics, organized by EDRC.

Shannon Aldworth, Director of Nursing for the Center for Hope, spoke about identifying and detecting diabulimia and ways that her facility treats this variant of bulimia among people with diabetes. She also spoke about the treatment challenges, such as helping people separate disordered eating behavior from decisions and behaviors related to the diabetes, and of helping clients adopt an intuitive eating philosophy, which is usually the opposite of how people with diabetes have been taught to approach eating. She reviewed results of a pilot research project for this population undertaken at Center for Hope; using their multimodality approach (including having patients receive their insulin via multiple daily injections rather than a pump that can be manipulated to minimize weight gain) the patients with diabulimia had, at the end of treatment, both better blood sugar and significant reductions in scores on the Eating Disorder Inventory-3.

We then heard from Erin Akers, founder and CEO of Diabulimia Helpline. Ms. Akers related her personal struggle with diabulimia, including several serious brushes with death; her struggles led her to want to help other people struggling with diabulimia. She told us about the various ways that people with diabetes can (mis)use their insulin regime to minimize weight gain.

Thanks, Janice, for helping disseminate information about this “hidden” form of bulimia.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with EDRC for 2 years now and each and every experience I have had with them has been organized, professional and timely. Most recently we collaborated on a education session in regards to the Diabulimia. Thanks to their support and community relations we had a record number of attendees. EDRC's commitment to the eating disorder community is palpable, from education on prevention to treatment, and everything in-between this organization standouts in every way possible. The San Jose area, as well as the eating disorder community is very lucky to have such a wealth of knowledge and support. Thank you EDRC!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year, much to our horror, my husband and I determined that our 13-year-old daughter had succumbed to an eating disorder prior to the start of 8th grade. She had started to see treatment professionals, but in two months she had gotten worse rather than better. In need of other approaches and providers that would be in-plan for our insurance, I began to research other options. Finding the Website for the Eating Disorders Resource Center made all the difference. I combed through the site, using the directory of treatment professionals. Founder Janis Bremis, program director Kira Olson, and support group facilitator Debra Schlesinger shared their expertise with me on the phone in long consultations. When I attended the Friends and Family support group in Mt. View, Debra provided even more valuable information in the form of an eating disorder treatment handbook. Armed with the knowledge and guidance provided by EDRC, I was able to move forward with confidence and get my daughter into the LPCH Eating Disorders outpatient program. While she remains in treatment as she continues to deal with the psychological aspects of her disorder, she has maintained a stable healthy weight for six months. She is in a much better place than she was a year ago, but knowing that eating disorders can be tenacious foes, we aren't yet completely out of the woods. I am grateful to EDRC for the support they provided to my family at a time of crisis and it gives me solace knowing that they continue to be a resource as my daughter works to overcome this debilitating condition.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 24 year old granddaughter has Anorexia, a severe mental illness. I write this review with much gratitude to Janice and Debra, my mentors in navigating this deadly disease. When I desperately needed help and knowledge about Anorexia, i joined Debra's support group for parents and other concerned people. Listening to each person's experience with Anorexia, i learned how s/he was coping with it within her/his family. In addition, speakers with expertise in the field of eating disorders, including Dr Pamela Carlton, offered "solutions" to manage this disease, a disease that lasts for a lifetime.

After 3 hospitalizations, my granddaughter finally consented to go into residential care. Now finishing her third month, she, seemingly, is handling the stresses that are the catalyst for her eating disorder.

Whenever I need an emotional boost, more knowledge or hope, I return to my place in Debra's circle to be re-charged. I love Debra's hug too!

Barbara Neilson

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an organization that is dedicated to helping individuals both struggling with an eating disorder, as well as their family and friends. EDRC is committed to spreading awareness about eating disorders and does an amazing job coordinating events and talks to help educate the community. The staff and volunteers are wonderful. I have loved being a part of this organization in a volunteer capacity. They are always going above and beyond to help those in need!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a clinical supervisor at a non-profit in the community and approached EDRC to present a training to our clinical staff earlier this year. I was glad I did, as I found EDRC and Dr. Sarah Forsberg to have a very thorough, informative and engaging presentation for my staff. I was particularly thankful as the area of eating disorders can be underrepresented in typical educational systems, which can often result in a lack of confidence among clinicians in even approaching the topic with clients. My staff gave feedback that they are now much more confident in their ability to address the area of eating disorders in their treatment. Thank you EDRC!

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Tushita G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You have no idea how grateful I am to be volunteering at EDRC. Ever since I recovered from anorexia, I knew I wanted to help others with similar difficulties and to spread awareness about this scary illness. EDRC has given me the opportunity to use my struggles as a virtue in helping others and has helped me develop better confidence in myself. It is an honor to work with such inspiring and dedicated people.

I've participated in events like the Strong Women Conference, where young girls got to go to free workshops that taught them how to accept themselves, become more confident, and get some support. I also helped grade essays for the Everybody's Beautiful Essay Contest, which asked teens to reflect on their perception of beauty and opened their eyes and mine to the influence of the media. Currently, I'm helping make a PSA that will promote the organization on T.V. Whether one wants to become a volunteer, or just needs some help, EDRC provides numerous resources that I could go on and on about.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Eating Disorder Resource Center is a small organization with gigantic heart and passion. I have had lots of volunteer experiences but have not met a more passionate, driven, and tireless group. The EDRC is successful in their mission of Awareness, Recovery, and Advocacy for eating disorder issues.

If you have ANY questions about eating issues the EDRC should be at the top of your list for answers, resources, or a warm caring ear. They are an invaluable organization and a wonderful resource for the Silicon Valley community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Unfortunately, Medi-Cal's coverage for treating those suffering from an eating disorder is essentially non existent. I was desperate to find the proper treatment for my client, who was struggling with her anorexia. My client's mother was unable to afford the costly fees of outpatient/in patient treatment programs and my client's weight was getting dangerously low. Thankfully, I found the Eating Disorder Resource Center and was put in contact with Janice Bremis. The EDRC worked tirelessly to provide me with resources and contacts that would provide my client with the care that she needs. Thanks to the EDRC my client is in the process of entering a treatment program at Stanford that is specifically designed to treat eating disorders in adolescents. Thank you for providing a resource that serves all clients struggling with eating disorders regardless of their level of income.

Sincerely,

Diana Lohr
LCSW

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