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Review for Survivors of Violent Loss Program, San Diego, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I attended this porgram after the death of my Father in 2000. I had never participated in any type of therapy before but knew that I needed to do something or else I would not be okay and if I wasn't okay then my family would not be okay. The 10 week session was very theraputic, being in a room with others who understand completely what it feels like when you say " I have this pain inside me that won't go away" is unmeasurable. Murder is not a topic people like to discuss or be part of, and until one is affected by this personally they cannot fully understand the magnitude this has on life. A common phrase used in SVLP is that "we are members of a club we never wanted to belong to" This is so true. I never thought that I would bond with a group of strangers so quickly or strongly. We were all in the same situation and let loose all of the emotions we had inside of us out in front of each other and it was okay. Losing someone you love in this circumstance is horrific, however with the help of SVLP it can become bearable.

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

as a client, the work they do is exceedingly helpful.

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

find ways to get them more money and publicity to reach others who are now members of a club they never wanted to be part of.

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

The help they give

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

very kind and knowledgeable

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

Help an amazing amount of people who find themselves in a horrible situation.

Ways to make it better...

I had known of this program earlier

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

lack of funding and publicity

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

I am thankful for my time with SVLP and the help they gave me which was passed on to my family

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Client Served & attended client services.