Sunset Sip – Fall
Each fall, friends and supporters of The Guidance Center come together to raise funds to support critical mental health services for our community’s most disadvantaged children and families at our Sunset Sip benefit. When you participate in our Sunset Sip festivities, you support our early intervention and prevention programs in our communities.
Sunset Sip 2019 – Hope Takes Flight is Saturday, September 14th at The Hotel Maya in Long Beach. Sponsorships and tickets are now available! Click here to get your tickets today!
When you participate in our Sunset Sip festivities, you support our early intervention and prevention programs in our communities:
- It’s About T.I.M.E. (Trauma-Informed Movement in Education) is a first-of-its-kind for Long Beach Unified School District training program, based on Child Trauma Academy’s Neurosequential Model in Education, where we equip educators with tools to understand and help their students who are experiencing negative impacts of trauma.
- Collaborative Care Initiative brings together mental health professionals from The Guidance Center and medical professionals from Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital to increase their knowledge and skills of one another’s scope of work with the goal of improving the lives of children by treating the “whole child” in their respective treatment plans.
- Mental Health First Aid – is a public education program on the importance of early intervention for adults and youth in the community. The 8-hour training session empowers participants with the understanding of unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems and provides a 5-step action plan that participants can follow to help someone in crisis. Two Guidance Center staff are certificated in this training program and host a number of sessions throughout the year. New training dates coming in 2019.
Recap of our 8th Annual Sunset Sip:
On the evening of Saturday, September 15th, 2018 The Guidance Center hosted our 8th annual Sunset Sip: Be the Hero of Your Own Story, at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach, California.
We explored the importance of realizing the superhero in all of us. The evening consisted of wine tasting, a delicious dinner, a silent and live auction, wine pull, and interactive experiences! The highlight of the evening was when 12-year-old and 8-year-old siblings and former clients of The Guidance Center, Saniya and Christopher, Jr. inspired guests with their stories overcoming challenges, like bullying, and gaining the skills to maintain positive mental health with help from The Guidance Center. We applaud Saniya and Christopher Jr. for becoming heroes of their own stories and realizing their unique inner superpowers.
We thank everyone who attended the event as we unleashed our superpowers together. Your support helps create a community where our children will recognize their own superpowers so they can lead happy and healthy lives.
Make sure to check out our Sunset Sip Digital Tribute Book 2018 for event highlights, photos, sponsor messages, and more! Also take a look at our Event Recap and check out more event photos on our Facebook.
Adopt-A-Family – Winter
The holidays for our families can be especially difficult. Our clients and their families come from all different backgrounds and face complicated issues. Some families are headed by single parents or are multi-generational. Some are victims of domestic or community violence. Some are seeking treatment for mental health conditions or learning to cope with a loss within their family. Each working hard to make ends meet year-round.
Every year, thoughtful Adopt-a-Family donors provide so much joy for the season and hope for the New Year to our families. We are inspired by their compassion and so grateful for their generosity.
How does it work?
The program matches community members and local businesses with families who are clients of The Guidance Center’s clinics in Long Beach, Compton and San Pedro. Adopted families come from all different backgrounds and face complicated issues. We will tell you their story and provide you with their wish lists to help with shopping. We serve families of all sizes and appreciate adoptions of any of the families that we serve.
Last holiday season, 390 of our children and parents, totaling to 93 families being adopted. Thank you to all 87 of our generous donors! Check our special tribute book highlighting donors’ experiences and client thank yous.
Spread the holiday cheer! Please contact Lorraine Lyou, Chief Development Officer, if you would like to participate at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 562.485.2276.
Social Hour – Spring
For the past three years in May, we have hosted a fun Social Hour for our It’s About T.I.M.E. (Trauma-Informed Movement in Education) program in local schools. This year, we kicked off the annual event at Liberation Brewing Company. The community plays a critical part in the success of the program and due to the support thus far, more educators have been equipped with a trauma-informed lens and It’s About T.I.M.E. Calming Toolkits, meaning more students have been supported through trauma-informed relationships.
It’s About T.I.M.E. supports school staff in understanding that many children have endured ongoing, significant life stressors and traumatic experiences, and that trauma can inhibit students’ ability to succeed in the traditional classroom environment. The goal of this program is to equip staff with tools to understand and help children experiencing negative impacts of trauma through a “trauma-informed” lens that promotes healthy bonds, which are scientifically proven to help students’ brains heal emotionally and develop academically.
Thank you to all who supported our 3rd annual Social Hour at Liberation Brewing Co. on May 16. Because of you, we raised $8,711 for our It’s About T.I.M.E. program’s expansion in local schools. We are so grateful for you all coming together for trauma-informed schools and our community’s students. We look forward to seeing you next Spring for this event!