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weSPARK Cancer Support Center

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Causes: Cancer, Counseling, Human Services, Mental Health

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.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

bonnie

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

RogerHolzberg

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Breanna H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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