Virtual 10K Walk For Mental Fitness June 5 -15, 2017

 

Why Support the Virtual Walk?

The Valle Monte League 10 Days for Virtual 10K Walk for Mental Fitness is taking strides for the next 10 days, June 5 - 15 raising the awareness of the connection between good physical and mental health.   This year, we will be taking a virtual walk highlighting the League’s supported agencies:  Family & Children Services, Centre for Living with Dying, Alzheimer’s Activity Center and Services for Brain Injury. Each step taken will raise awareness for the need to support mental health in Santa Clara County.

Your support of our 10 Days for Virtual 10K Walk for Mental Fitness is a reminder of the connection between physical and mental well-being.  All of the funds raised will support mental health services to those most in need in our community.  No amount is too small and all donations are greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance for your generous support!

 

How do you participate?

Participation is simple by clicking the link below, you can make your contribution on our Virtual 10K Walk page. Donations can be made in honor of someone by adding their name in the “Comments” section on the donation page.

Please ask your family and friends to support the Virtual 10K Walk, by sharing the link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email https://99pledges.com/fund/10Daysfor10K

 

Donations can be easily made by credit card online directly on the Virtual 10KWalk site.

 

Can a donation be submitted by check?

Checks are welcome and should be made payable to Valle Monte League.  Checks can be mailed to Noelle Shahin, 1515 Naglee Ave., San Jose, CA  95126 

Please know that your support is truly appreciated and that no amount is too small.  Every step and dollar raised will make a difference!  Keep reading for some success stories of how your donation helps those in need of mental health services.

 

Alzheimer’s Activity Center

"Funds from the Valle Monte League support the Alzheimer’s Activity Center (AAC), at Respite and Research for Alzheimer’s Disease, to provide critically needed adult day care and respite services for individuals and families living with dementia and Alzheimer’s.  The AAC is the only licensed, large capacity adult social day program in Santa Clara County specifically designed for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  Clients participate in an enriching, stimulating day program that addresses emotional, cognitive and physical well-being, while their caregivers receive respite from the 24/7 demands of home care.  Up to 90 clients a day, 6 days per week are served at the AAC where they have the freedom to participate in a variety of activities of their choice, while being in a safe, secure and caring environment."

Maria Nicolacoudis, Executive Director, Respite and Research for Alzheimer's Disease

 

Centre for Living with Dying, Healing Heart Program 

"The funds from Valle Monte league have supported our Healing Heart youth program for the past 37 years.  Without this generous contribution we would not be able to provide individual, group and crisis intervention and grief counseling to children, youth and their families, facing the trauma of loss due to illness, dying and sudden death. Clients who otherwise cannot afford counseling services receive, free or low cost support.  After one 9 week Healing Heart group, an 8 year old whose dad had died suddenly stated “before my brother and I used to fight all the time, now we ask how we can help each other, because we both miss Daddy.”  Another quote that we hear often is “It really helped to talk to people my same age.”

Connie Chrysoglou, Counseling Services Director

 

Family & Children Services 

“I used to cut myself because I felt inadequate and had no one I could tell how I was feeling. My therapist at FCS helped me gain confidence and value myself. I’ve made friends and now when I think about life, I see possibilities.” - A local teen.

"Since 1948, Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley (FCS), a division of Caminar, has been offering a safety net of mental health and supportive services for vulnerable members of our Santa Clara Valley community who might otherwise go without needed care. Contributions from Valle Monte League strengthen this vital safety net. FCS invests donations directly in services, empowering a struggling teen to find her way through adolescence, a survivor of domestic violence to heal from trauma, an adult with serious mental illness to enjoy a higher quality of life, or a family coping with loss to find a way forward, together.

All of us at FCS send our heartfelt gratitude for the compassion and generosity of the donors to the Virtual Walk for Mental Fitness."

Maryanne McGlothlin, Director of Grants & Communications, Family & Children Services, a division of Caminar

 

Services for Brain Injury

"Valle Monte's life-changing support for SBI's Counseling services is vital to rehabilitation after a brain injury. Rick, a veteran, was helped with chronic PTSD after active combat left him severely injured; Kristin, a 30 year-old professional, needed help for anger management to sustain relationships after an auto accident almost ended her life; and, Zack, suffering from Bipolar disorder, was living on the streets until SBI turned his life around providing essential counseling that resulted in a tech-industry job. 75% of SBI’s clients – our neighbors in Santa Clara County – are low income and all are very fortunate Valle Monte was there to help at their most vulnerable times. Thank you!"

Christine Camara, Executive Director, Services for Brain Injury