This year’s events remind us the unexpected and unthinkable can happen at any time.  Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone touched by tragedy.  Hurricanes, earthquakes, the devastating wildfires caused untold destruction and loss of life.  They’ve left many feeling vulnerable and anxious.

Where would you turn in a time of crisis for support?  Who listens to your fears?

We do.  Our Crisis Center volunteers are here to help and to listen, just as they have since we first opened in 1963.  That’s why your support is more critical than ever.   Please consider a gift this year.

In addition to crisis intervention, we provide grief support and our 2-1-1 line which helps people make timely connections to safety-new resources.  And to support the safety net, we recently added Share the Spirit and Corporate Volunteer Week.  Donors like you make this possible, alongside our dedicated board, volunteers and staff.  Together we create a safety net for anyone in need, whatever their income, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or citizenship status. 

Steve Grimes Volunteers at the Crisis Center seeking meaningful connections and the opportunity to help people.

“I learned firsthand about the Crisis Center years ago,” he said, “when my son Kevin passed away from a rare medical condition.  We were on a Scout outing when it happened and it sent him into septic shock.  He was almost 16.  Kevin’s mother and I didn’t know if we’d survive.  After trying other resources, we found the Crisis Center offered 8-week grief sessions.  We went to two, back to back, and they really helped.  I knew even then that when I retired I’d volunteer here.”

“Now,” he added, “after 40 years with PG&E, where I always loved connecting with and helping people, I am making a difference in people’s lives as a crisis line volunteer.  The training and mentoring, with professional staff to guide you through is great.  Whether I am answering calls for our 211 information and referral line or one of the crisis lines, this work brings balance and connection.  You come to know what is most important in life.”

Our trained volunteers, dedicated staff and generous donors, like you, keep our work alive so we can be here when needed.  In 2017, we’ve received 23,738 calls on the 2-1-1 line from people seeking basic assistance or shelter.  Our crisis lines received 20,626 crisis intervention calls.

Please give generously.  Your donations shares light and hope with the lives of so many.  On behalf of the Crisis Center volunteers, board, and staff, I thank you for your support.

 

Sincerely,

Mary Vradelis, Interim Executive Director