November 12, 2020
Dear CSCLA Friends, Supporters, and Members:
As we enter our ninth month of this pandemic, CSCLA is committed to serving our cancer patients and their families with as robust an online program as possible. Our administrative team is working at home, and we so appreciate the support that you have shown us through your donations and goodwill. As of this time, we are exercising an abundance of caution to protect our staff and our members and, therefore, as of yet, do not have a return date.
Boy, are you missed! It’s quiet in the Community when Nancy Willard, our Operations Manager, or I, drop-in. But the online bustle continues! We are everywhere in this city, on Zoom, delivering our life-changing program through partnerships with Village Health Foundation for the African American community in Arlington Heights; with the LGBT Center for seniors; with Angelus Plaza for their primarily Korean and Chinese-speaking seniors downtown; continuing Spanish-speaking programs; partnerships with Providence Saint John’s Health Center and Cedars-Sinai, and more!
Know that you are in our hearts as we navigate these choppy waters and that we are committed to you and your safety and look forward to the day when we can meet again in-person.
P.S. Please join us for two upcoming events: Comedy Tonight: Funny on Purpose with Rainn Wilson (The Office) and so many other wonderful comedians and actors, on December 10! And, please join us on December 15 for our Spirit of Community event, Resiliency: Happy Heart, Healthy Mind, featuring a lively Q&A with top Los Angeles doctors who are champions of compassionate cancer care.
P.P.S. Check the Program calendar for our Gratitude Party on November 20th – we’d love to see you there!
Dear CSCLA Members: The Cancer Support Community Los Angeles (CSCLA) is sensitive to the current situation surrounding the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and has been monitoring CDC and LA Department of Public Health sites. While we have been implementing rigorous sanitization of our space and appropriate social distancing, it has become apparent that we must do more to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and members. As such, CSCLA has made the difficult decision to cancel all onsite and off-site program offerings beginning tonight, Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m. We will be providing select free of charge support services for cancer patients and their families in the virtual space beginning Monday, March 16th. This is an ever-changing situation and we will be assessing week-to-week as to when we will be resuming our onsite and offsite services. CSCLA is here to support you regardless of our ability to do so in person. CSCLA members will have access to support groups in real-time using the private, HIPAA-compliant Telehealth platform, Zoom. Educational workshops will be live-streamed or posted on our website and select healthy lifestyle classes will be available. We will continue to welcome new members via telephone. CSCLA is committed to taking a pro-active and informed stance, as is modeled in our free support program for cancer patients and families. All of us recognize the amount of anxiety this change is causing, and we want to do all we can to support you in this time of uncertainty. Again, given the quickly evolving nature of this health threat, we will continue to monitor daily and make additional changes as needed. We will update you as these changes occur. Our goal is, of course, to return to regular programming at 1990 S. Bundy and other locations as soon as it is safe to do so. We thank you for your patience and support as we navigate this unique situation with the urgency our families living with cancer deserve. Be well,
Julia Forth, Chief Executive Officer