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Step Up | A Message From Susan Dempsay…
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A message from Susan Dempsay…


Dear family member of a loved one with mental illness,

When I founded Step Up on Second over 25 years ago, my goal was to provide a safe place for individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness to access supportive services and activities 365 days a year on the Westside of Los Angeles. Another important goal was to create a support group for family members to find strength for the journey.

Members of that first Step Up on Second Family Support Group took a very “hands on” approach to providing personal items that our loved ones might need. For example, we collected soaps and creams for hygiene kits. And we also were there to support and sustain each other. I’m happy to say that the Family Support Group continues today as a resource for the families of Step Up and Daniel’s Place.

The Friends of Susan Dempsay Fund

Tod and I are pleased to announce that Step Up has now established the Friends of Susan Dempsay Fund. This fundcontinues in the tradition of family members joining together to support the work of Step Up on Second and Daniel’s Place on the Westside of Los Angeles.  Your gifts made to this special restricted fund will be used to provide:

  • Groups and socialization activities
  • Meeting the educational needs of members who are unable to secure a job, attend school, or attend Step Up on a very regular basis
  • Two nutritional meals every day
  • Transportation and outings
  • Art Studio and classes in the creative arts (writing, art, music, and dance)

You may make your special gift to the Friends of Susan Dempsay Fund via: check; one time credit card gift using VISA or MC; automated recurring credit card gift using VISA or MC (most helpful!); stock transfer; or as a Planned Gift in your will or trust. For more information or assistance in making your gift, contact (310) 576-1308 x 1245, or [email protected].

Best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

Susan Dempsay Signature Pulled from PDF                                                                                    Tod Signature

Susan Dempsay, Founder                                       Tod Lipka, President & CEO

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