Spotlight on CASSY

cassy-logoCASSY, Counseling and Support Services for Youth, is another charity supported by this year’s WWW luncheon fundraiser and has played an important role in ensuring the emotional and social well-being of many students at Bay Area schools. CASSY partners with local schools to provide therapists that offer counseling, crisis intervention, and proactive mental health education. One such student needed someone to lean on when he lost his mother at only 9 years old. Here is Luis’ story.

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Megan, CASSY Therapist, received word from the principal of the school she works in: one of their students had lost his mother.

When Luis was nine, he and his mother, Camilla, visited his brother in college. While visiting, Luis expressed feeling sad to his mother, missing his friends and his dad. Camilla wanted Luis to be happy and decided to end their trip early. Tragically, Camilla had an undiagnosed heart condition and died suddenly on the trip home.

“When I met Luis, he asked, Why did this have to happen?He was questioning and felt it was very unfair that he had lost his mom. He had also lost his home due to the change in family income. He didn’t want to talk to anyone about what happened,” said Megan.

Megan met weekly with Luis, where they did art while talking. Luis shared that he felt guilty; if he hadn’t wanted to come home so badly, maybe his mom wouldn’t have died. He shared that he did not have a photo of his mom to look at when he missed her. Megan got to work and helped him find a photo, which is now displayed where Luis can always see it. Luis also used this time to write a letter tofather-son his mom, telling her how much he missed her.

Luis’ dad, Marco, also met with Megan and shared that he works three jobs to make ends meet, making school based counseling services the only option for Luis, and was concerned that Luis expressed that he wanted to die. Megan worked with Marco and Luis around communicating and talking about mom, and how Luis felt scared to get close to his dad, worrying that he would lose him too.

“This year, Luis is focused on school, more at peace, and spends time with his friends. He’s engaged and smiles a lot more,” Megan tells us. She continues to see him weekly, where they make paper airplanes and talk about how difficult holidays are without his mom.

Luis is one of the 33,000 students within the CASSY mental health safety net in communities around the Bay Area

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[This is an original post to Witchy Wonderful, the official blog of the Bella Vista League, the non-profit organization behind the annual Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause luncheon and silent auction. This year’s event will be held on October 28th, 10:30am – 2:00pm, at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose.]

Join Us for the 2016 WWW Luncheon and Silent Auction!

joinus_img1It’s that time of year again for the popular Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause luncheon and silent auction. If you’ve been to past events, then you already know how unique and fun this event is. If you haven’t been yet, then read on…and I hope to see you there!

First and foremost, this event was created to bring awareness of and financial support to the local non-profit charities working everyday to better the lives of women and children in need in their unique way.

A spokesperson from each of the sponsored charities relates personal stories from the people they support to demonstrate how their work  transforms the lives of many local women and children in need for the better  [never a dry eye in the audience]. This year’s supported charities include My New Red Shoes, WANDA, and CASSY. While each organization deserves its own blog post (stay tuned for personal stories in future posts), here’s a short introduction to each:

  • My New Red Shoes – helps low-income and homeless children start the new school year with pride and self-confidence with gifts of new shoes and new school clothing.
  • WANDA – Women’s Achievement Network and Development Alliance – increases the economic self-sufficiency of low-income single mothers through education, networking, and a savings program to achieve personal goals such as owning a home, education, or retirement.
  • CASSY – Counseling and Support Services for Youth – partners with local schools to support students’ social and emotional well-being through counseling, crisis intervention, and mental health education.

Please visit their web sites for more details on their organizations.

And now for a riddle – what do Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the Bailey Flight, a Candy Man, and diamonds have in common? [cue the drum roll…]

YES! You guessed it! All can be found [in one way or another] at this year’s Wonderful Witchy Women With a Cause luncheon and silent auction.

And no, I’m not going to leave you guessing. Stay tuned to this blog to hear more about what you’ll enjoy at the luncheon and silent auction and learn more about our sponsored charities.

[This is an original post to Witchy Wonderful, the official blog of the Bella Vista League, the non-profit organization behind the annual Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause luncheon and silent auction. This year’s event will be held on October 28th, 10:30am – 2:00pm, at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose. Tickets are on sale now.]