The Wellness Community is Awarded HEDCO Foundation Grant for Facility Expansion to Support Cancer Support Services

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The Wellness Community, based in Walnut Creek, CA, awarded a HEDCO Foundation grant to expand its facility to support increased cancer support services for cancer patients and their families.

The Wellness Community of the San Francisco East Bay announced it has been awarded a major challenge grant in support of its campaign to improve their current facility and expand and enhance services. The Wellness Community is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive support services for cancer patients and their families from throughout the Bay Area. The grant was made by the HEDCO Foundation, which will match donations of up to $80,000 in support of the project.

The Wellness Community, based in Walnut Creek, is located in a comfortable, home-like space, in order to foster a sense of community and to provide a supportive environment. Through participation in community-based educational and support group services, The Wellness Community provides participants, from diagnosis through long-term survivorship, the skills they need to manage their health and maintain a high quality of life.

In 2007, The Wellness Community received over 11,000 visits from 1,504 people with cancer and their families. All services are provided free of charge and are underwritten by donations and sponsorships.

"This phase of our capital campaign will allow us to expand our facility's foyer in order to create a new space for our popular resource library," said Susan Wichmann, president of The Wellness Community Board of Directors. The grant will also help The Wellness Community to expand its "living room" area and to develop an outdoor patio to create space for larger meetings, lectures, exercise, and social activities. "We are grateful to the HEDCO Foundation for their leadership in making this possible."

The Wellness Community is now seeking support to match the HEDCO Foundation grant. In addition to cash donations, the organization is encouraging donations of high quality flooring, window coverings, paint and decking materials.

For more information about The Wellness Community and their capital campaign, please contact James Bouquin at 925.933.0107 or jbouquin "at" twcba.org.

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