EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

PROGRAM

"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. 

“Bear” Necessities

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.

Project Holiday

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

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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.  

Mission Statement: Advocates for families living in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties that have a child with cancer by providing financial, educational, and emotional support.

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Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation

3892 State St., Ste. 220 | Santa Barbara, CA 93105

805.962.7466

Monday - Thursday 8:30AM - 5:30PM

Friday 8:30AM - 1:00PM

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