Every day another child ends up in a hospital emergency room due to mental health or dental issues because their parents didn't know what else to do.

Your gift today will help provide vital oral health and mental health care to young people who need it the most.

/ 150

South Bay Children's Health Center – Helping Children Thrive One Child at a Time

South Bay Children's Health Center (SBCHC) was founded in 1947 to give hope to local families living on low incomes and in need of health care for their children. Our organization is dedicated to the provision of vital mental health and dental care, two of the highest priority health care needs in the South Bay. Today, through quality services provided to more than 25,000 children, teens and young adults who are facing tremendous odds, we are giving entire families confidence for the future.

The kindness and generosity of people like you make all the difference in a child's life. During this holiday season, I hope you will join me in taking a stand for our children by making a tax-deductible donation that will make an immediate difference in the health and lives of thousands of South Bay children. Our children deserve the very best that life has to offer, which includes the physical and mental health that will place them on the path to future success. These are just a few of the children who are on a path to health, wellness and well-being because of the generosity of people like you!

A grandmother recently came to us with her two grandsons, ages 7 and 8. The children's mother is incarcerated for drug related charges. The grandmother is in her 70's and was retired and living alone for many years. She was suddenly faced with the care of two young boys. The 7 year old was demonstrating disruptive behaviors including aggressive behavior at school, biting peers, severe tantrums and not meeting expectations for his grade level. The 8 year old became withdrawn, no longer playing with friends and not involved in school. SBCHC provided trauma focused therapy for the boys and intensive parenting sessions for their grandmother. Today this family is well on the path to healing.

Brian's mother and father divorced when he was just seven years old. He rarely sees his father and while now in high school, is having trouble keeping up with his class. Brian wants to finish high school and go on to college but he is having trouble staying on track. Recently he was moved to an Alternative High School program. Brian was selected to be a part of the SBCHC Wilderness Program at his high school and learned leadership skills, to trust again and the importance of believing in himself. Brian believes that the Wilderness Program changed his life.

A young father just moved to the South Bay with his two young children, 5 and 6 years old. Both children were having trouble paying attention in school and one of the teachers noticed that the five year old winced every time she chewed a piece of food. The school nurse contacted the father and suggested that he take the kids to a dentist. The father had no money, no insurance and no plan. He wound up in the emergency room with one of the kids when the pain got worse. At the hospital, he was given information for SBCHC's Dental Clinic. Our Dental staff worked with the family securing funding to help pay for the children's care. Today, both kids are healthy and doing well in school.

Thank you for your consideration and generosity this holiday season. If you would like to learn more about our programs, please go to www.sbchc.com/clinics. If you would like to see how your donation makes an impact by visiting us, please contact Anne Walton, Executive Director – awalton@sbchc.com or Lisa Daggett-Cummings, Director of Development – ldaggett@sbchc.com or you can call them at 310-316-1212.