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Buckelew Programs
Buckelew Programs E-Newsletter 

August 2014

  …homes, jobs, 
health and hope
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MarinScapes 2014

"It's What I Do!"

Long time FSA supporter Wendy Buchen talks about the need for mental health crisis prevention services, housing, and why she gives.

Giving back to the community is one of Wendy Buchen's core values. That's how she was raised.

"My parents always contributed to charity, and were politically active."

A deep sense of social justice and caring for those less fortunate has guided Wendy all her life. It brought her to the League of Women Voters, and Family Service Agency of Marin.

"Mental health crisis prevention is really important to me. My husband suffered a nervous breakdown and we were lucky to be able to afford the necessary treatement for him. But I always wondered - what about the people who don't have the money to pay for mental health services?"

Spotlight on Suicide Prevention

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After the tragic loss of Robin Williams, the need for information to help people better understand the warning signs of depression and suicide, as well as the need for effective intervention strategies and access to resources, is all the more evident.

Last month, Family Service Agency of Marin, a division of Buckelew Programs, celebrated the third year of our highly successful North Bay Suicide Prevention Project. With funds provided by the Mental Health Services Act of 2004, the project expanded the agency's 24/7 suicide prevention and crisis hotline to serve four additional North Bay counties, including Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino.

In addition to responding to over 12,000 calls annually to the Hotline, the project also provides extensive prevention education reaching more than a thousand North Bay youth and adults. 

See link below for contact info and a list of warning signs.

Here's how you can help!

Join our Circle of Hope

Thanks to the loyal and generous members of our "Circle of Hope", we can count on their recurring monthly gifts to help us plan ahead. We are so grateful to John Curtis, Rebecca Frye, Susan Fordyce, Hannelore Krollpfeiffer, Daniel and Joanne Longaker, Jane Cutler Ellis, and Matt White and Laura Merlo, for being among the first to join! Monthly giving is an easy way to maximize your gift. Want to find out more?

Visit our Thriftstores

Did you know that The Family Store and One More Time Thrift Store donate all their sale proceeds to Family Service Agency of Marin, a division of Buckelew Programs, including our Suicide Prevention and Grief Counseling Programs? Stop by and visit!

The Family Store: 448 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley (415) 388-9596

One More Time Thrift Store: 1821 Fourth Street, San Rafael (415) 459-6137

MarinScapes 2014: Doggone, We Did It!

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Thanks to overwhelming support from our community, MarinScapes 2014 was a huge success! We raised well over $100,000 during the four day event, held the end of June at beautiful Escalle Winery in Larkspur - home to Pickles and Pocket, the two adorable canines admiring the art in this picture.

During the gala, three people shared their personal stories: a mother who found help for her son and hope for herself in our Sonoma Programs; a man who took the first steps towards recovery from alcoholism at Helen Vine Recovery Center; and a woman who turned her own experience of grief and loss into a powerful way of helping others through FSA's suicide prevention and crisis counseling program.

And because of the funds we raised with your help, new stories of hope and recovery are unfolding at Buckelew every day!

Follow the link below for more photos, courtesy of Dawn Stranne.

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