A family member or close friend is murdered, commits suicide or dies as the result of a drunk driver or war fatality. We don’t expect these things to happen. The loss of a loved one under any circumstances is painful. To lose a loved one suddenly and violently is devastating.

The Survivors of Violent Loss Program (SVLP) has been in existence since 1998, providing clinical services, support and education to those who live and work violent death such as homicide, suicide, drunk driving and other unnatural causes. Our staff is trained in the kind of grief that doesn’t go away in time.

Home for the holidays is a normal part of the season’s plan. The warmth, safety and comfort that “home” provides draws us to be with our loved ones. Being “home” can be especially challenging for many of our families who no longer have all that “being home” may mean.

SVLP serves more than 200 family members and caregivers annually. Everyone is eligible for the direct services we provide regardless of the ability to pay. In the past, SVLP worked under the umbrella of other nonprofits such as UCSD and Victim Assistance Coordinating Council (VACC). In July 2008, SVLP became its own separate and distinct 501(c-3) non-profit agency. We continue to exist in cooperation with peer support volunteers and community partners such as VACC, DA’s Victim Assistance Program, and the Cara Knott Foundation.

We would like to invite you, or your organization, to become a “community friend “of SVLP. Your donation will help us continue to provide services to the under-served and low income families as well as support us in our goal of obtaining our own space, our own program “home”.

We have established the following levels of support:

Life-Long Friend – $5,000+

Founding Friend – $1,000 – $5,000

Special Friend – $200 – $1,000

Family Friend – $5 – $200

At a time when we are being nearly overwhelmed with requests for our services, your gift will make an important difference. Thanks for opening up your heart … and caring. It means a lot to us and those we serve.

Please share the enclosed information and a personal note from you to help us work together to continue the necessary funding for this important work.


I am contributing $________ to this worthy program.


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