The Ventura office has been used primarily for administrative purposes and not as a destination for the public or families served by the organization. The office, opened in May of 2011 and located at 119 Figueroa Street in Ventura, will close permanently on January 31.
“We at TBCF are very committed to our families in Ventura County,” explains Executive Director Lindsey Guerrero, “however, after careful review the Foundation determined that the resources used to maintain our satellite office there could be better applied towards an increase in the benefit ceiling for qualifying families; allowing the organization to increase the amount of direct financial assistance from $2,500 per family to $5,000 per family. This will enable us to provide enhanced support to these families during the difficult period of cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. We will continue to maintain a strong presence in Ventura County through our work with Ventura community partners, TBCF program services, and our ongoing outreach efforts.”
TEDDY BEAR CANCER FOUNDATION is a Santa Barbara based non-profit organization. The mission of the organization is to provide financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer who reside in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. The organization achieves their mission by providing middle to low-income families with financial aid for rent, mortgage, utilities, and car payments, as well as tutoring support and neuropsychological testing, and offers regular emotional support services, holiday support, and coordinates bone marrow drives. TBCF was founded in 2002 by Nikki Katz after she was inspired by a three-year old boy diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma whose family was being crushed under the financial and emotional weight of their child’s cancer diagnosis. For more information about Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.teddybearcancerfoundation.org or call 805-962-7466.