"Help for the Heart"
TBCF provides professional and peer support to the entire family, including parents, the child in treatment, and siblings to ease emotional hardship.
All the below programs are open to any TBCF family in need, however, priority is given to newer families due to venue or staff capacity.
Items for families such as furniture, appliances, clothing, bedding, and hospital care packages are provided to families in need.
*Please Note: TBCF does their best to acquire donated items from the community to fulfill these requests. Items not guaranteed, as we do not have a budget for this program and rely solely on gifted in-kind donations from the community.
Family Connection Events
Family Fun Days, trips for children and their families, and holiday parties are created to offer a safe environment for families to gain support from and connect with one another.
Care for the Caregivers
Allows parents and guardians to build a sense of camaraderie and engage in self-care. Events such as Mother’s Spa Day provide rest and rejuvenation for the caregivers of children with cancer.
Families of children in treatment can participate in Project Holiday to receive Christmas gifts, Easter baskets, Thanksgiving dinners, Valentine’s Day cards, grocery vouchers, and more! All items are provided by donors and delivered to the families’ home or child’s treatment location. We rely on the recommendations of social workers for these programs. *Limited Space: Project Christmas (due to capacity)
Family Counseling Groups
Supportive services in collaboration with local organizations and licensed professionals for families during the varying stages of their child’s treatment.
Family Counseling Group Season:
October - May (No Summer Groups)
Santa Maria Support Group
Location: Mission Hope Cancer Center
Date: Third Wednesday of each month
Address: 1325 E. Church Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Santa Barbara Support Group
Location: Hospice of Santa Barbara
Date: First Thursday of each month
Address: 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 100, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Ventura Support Group
Location: Ventura County Medical Center’s Pediatric Oncology Clinic
Date: Second Monday of each month
Address: 300 Hillmont Ave, Building 340, 3rd Floor, Ventura, CA 93003
Guidelines for Emotional Support Programs
Families must reside in Santa Barbara, Ventura or San Luis Obispo Counties
Child must have been diagnosed with cancer prior to their 18th birthday
No income restrictions
Please contact Becca if you'd like to recommend a family receives one or more of the above services, if you'd like to ensure a family who is not a Financial Assistance family is on our mailing list for emotional support groups and events, or if you'd like a delivery of Project Holiday items to your hospital or treatment location.