Friends for Survival

$4,100 of $10k goal

Raised by 52 people in 15 months
Barbara Ballas
on behalf of Friends For Survival
 SACRAMENTO, CA
Have you been affected by a suicide death?
Friends for Survival (FFS) has been in existence for over 32 years.  It is a national non-profit outreach organization available to those who are grieving a suicide death of family or friends.  At the present time we are providing support and encouragement to 4,500 families.  The most important service we provide is a monthly newsletter; the postage and printing is $2,300 per issue.  The newsletter has information that helps grieving families take small steps through the grieving process.  FFS also offers six monthly group meetings in Northern California.  Out of state families, receive a newsletter and the availability of a Phone Buddy. 

"FFS helped me tremendously after my son suicided.  Receiving newsletters and attending monthly meetings has been a huge blessing.  I'm able to talk about suicide and encourage other families.  Hope and encouragement is huge after losing a child", said Toni Groth.

"My ex-husband died by suicide.  Our oldest son was close to suicide because he struggled with the grief of losing his dad.  We found FFS through the Emergency Room at the hospital.  My son will tell you that FFS saved his life,"  said Barbara Ballas.   
  
We are seeking donations at this time to continue staying  afloat.  At this time our account has a  balance of  less than$2,000 (as of 11/30/15).   Besides producing newsletters, we have a very small paid staff and pay rent for our office space.  

The staff, volunteers and I have put our heart and souls into FFS.  Besides being the founder of this organization and comforting over 7,000 families, it would break our hearts to see FFS be unavailable to new grieving families.  We know the profound grief and unspeakable sorrow that follows a suicide death.  So, if you could dig deep in your pockets and give any size donation, we would be very grateful. 

Thank you in advance,

Marilyn Koenig
Executive Director

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Thank you all so much! You are making the difference.

Happy 2016 to all.

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$4,100 of $10k goal

Raised by 52 people in 15 months
Created December 9, 2015
Barbara Ballas  
on behalf of Friends For Survival
CA
$200
Cortney and Ben Allen
3 months ago

In memory of Melissa Townley, and in support of her sister Melanie and parents Diana and Neil. Love you!

AD
$150
Ann DeRose
7 months ago

This donation is from Jeff and Ann DeRose in honor of Dan for Chopi and JB. Much love to the newlyweds Chopi and JB!

LC
$75
Lori Calvert
8 months ago

For Chopi and JB

KR
$50
Ken and Arvetta Ruth
8 months ago

For Chopi and JB's wedding gift.

RB
$40
Rebecca & Dennis Burnworth
8 months ago

For Chopi and her new husband JB, in honor of Dan.

MD
$50
Mike & Kris Dobbs
8 months ago

In honor of all those who suffer. RIP Dan and "Biggie" Great idea Chop & JB donating to a great cause in honor of survival-ship and LOVE.

$50
Anonymous
8 months ago
JE
$250
Jennifer Engstrom
8 months ago

In memory of Dan Acken and to his beautiful wife, Chopi and her new husband to be JB, I wish you all the happiness in the world; I know that Dan is in a much better place and happy for the both of you. Love you!

PD
$30
Pamela deBarruel
9 months ago

For Chopi and Jim's wedding gift

RM
$500
Rani Mahapatra
10 months ago

Dear Marilyn, Could you please include me and my husband Suv Mahapatra as Founding Member of Legacy Friends? This is in memory of our daughter Priyanka Mahapatra whom we lost to suicide in 2013.

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