Family Service Agency’s Annual Care Walk

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The Family Service Agency of Burbank (a 501C.3 non-profit organization) is commemorating its 60th year of service and invites you to sponsor and/or participate in the annual Care Walk event which will be held at Johnny Carson Park on Saturday, April 27. Activities commence at 7:30 a.m. and the Walk starts at 8:00 a.m. There will be refreshments, including a pancake breakfast, exhibitors, t-shirts and gift bags for the participants.

Individual registration fees are $20 for youth and seniors and $30 for adults. Team fees are $175 for youth and seniors and $275 for adults (teams are composed of not more than 10
individuals). Sponsorship levels are $1,000, $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 but all donations are gratefully accepted. All proceeds will benefit the Family Service Agency of Burbank’s no-cost school-based Youth Counseling Program.

Why should you consider participating in this enjoyable and rewarding event?

• Over 1,250 Burbank Unified School District students of all ages receive no-cost, on-site counseling through this program.
• School Administrators believe in the counseling services. One Administrator states: “Many of our BUSD students experience trauma, death of a parent, physical, sexual or emotional abuse, divorce, substance abuse, foster placement, suicide feelings, depression, poverty and homelessness, anxiety and peer or family relations which requires the professional mental health care found with the staff of FSA to cope and overcome.” Another School Administrator states “Traditionally, and increasingly more often due to economic times, our student population is in dire need of counseling to address topics such as depression, anger in family relationships, social skills, conflict resolution, and problem solving skills. This support (provided by FSA) is crucial and has been such a tremendous support these past years.”
• Students believe in the services as evidenced by these comments; “This year my friend gave up. Hung himself. I get it. Wish I didn’t. Wish he had told someone…told me… . I would have got him the help I get from my counselor. I get it. Wish I didn’t.” Another student states,” Counseling has helped me to understand that my choices have consequences. I am learning that the best way to have a good life is to make good choices. Sounds simple, but when others around you aren’t, it really isn’t so simple.” Another student in the counseling program shares “I found out this year that my Mom has a brain tumor. No Dad, just her and me. My heart aches so much at times that it’s just uncontrollable. It’s good to have a counselor to lean on when my life gets overwhelming which feels like everyday these days.”

The mission of the Burbank Unified School District’s School Based Counseling Program is to provide all of our community’s youth (K-12) with access to no-cost quality clinical and psycho-educational care. You can help! For more information or to get involved, call the Family Service Agency at (818) 845-7671 or go to our web site www.Carewalkofburbank.org. Help us to ensure that no one needs to walk alone.