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.
Social Hour – Spring
For the past four years 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. Social Hour 2020 was held virtually on Zoom for safety precautions due to COVID-19. Friends and supporters of The Guidance Center joined online and contributed to the success of this program! 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!
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.
Recap of our 9th Annual Sunset Sip:
On the evening of Saturday, September 14th, 2019, The Guidance Center hosted our 9th Annual Sunset Sip: Hope Takes Flight, at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach, Calif. We invited the community to uplift and celebrate hope with us and what a wonderful evening it was!
More than 180 people attended and helped raise more than $175,000, exceeding funds raised in previous years. Sponsors and guests’ generous support at this annual benefit ensures that we will continue to provide critical mental health services to our community’s disadvantaged children and families.
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 2019 Digital Tribute Book 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.
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.