I grew up in a white middle class neighborhood. I was a young girl who matured quickly, struggled with friends and social circles at a young age, was bullied, and as a high school student the victim of sexual assault. Most of these things I've never shared publicly before - well because we don't talk about hard stuff. We ignore hard stuff. And my experiences were tough and things I wish on no child or person. Let me be clear though that I am not looking for sympathy or support for myself, I share this because the health and safety of our fellow humans is at stake. I need to share this because the difference here is that I am white and my parents were middle class so I had resources to help me through these experiences. My parents were able to try hypnotherapy for me, I was on medication for a while that I didn't have to worry about being able to afford, and now I see a therapist regularly - again without wondering how I will afford it. Oh and I also can call up 99% of therapists in my community and know that I will be able to find someone that looks like me - is white.
We have treated those individuals who are BIPOC horribly for centuries, have marginalized their importance, enslaved them over and over again through our prison system, ripped their families apart, kept them from higher ranking/paying jobs and then to top it off - prevented them from receiving community resources that we, as white people, take for granted everyday and that these individuals so desperately need in order to be able to heal from the trauma that we have allowed to happen for centuries. We need to start moving this needle and things need to change.
Please join me in helping to correct all the wrong that has been done. Donate with me so that we can make sure that all black women and girls have the same opportunity to heal that I have been given.
Thank you so much for your interest in supporting the Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund. Whether you have already donated or you are just learning about the project, we are grateful to have you on board.
With therapy sessions in the U.S. typically costing anywhere from $60 - $250-- even with insurance, the prevalent and ingrained stigma surrounding mental health in many communities, and the fact that the vast majority of therapists in this country are white, it is often difficult for Black women and girls to access therapy when they need it. We wanted to change that.
In our pilot program, we raised over $250,000 with the support of our generous community and provided financial assistance to hundreds of Black women and girls to go to therapy. We did this through collaborative partnerships with Therapy for Black Girls, Open Path Collective, National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network, and Talkspace, networks and service providers that are all committed to making therapy more affordable and accessible.
No matter how much you are able to give, we are excited to work together with our community again to bring therapy support directly to Black women and girls who need it. Please donate now to tangibly tell these women and girls, “We see you, we hear you, and we are invested in your healing.”Generations will benefit from their healing.
How you can give:
- Champion the Cause! Become an advocate and help fundraise for Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund via your social platforms. Set your own fundraising goal and utilize your network of friends and family to help fundraise for Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund.
- Be a small business or corporate match - Email email@example.com if you are interested.
- Donate to our campaign! We are raising funds for our therapy for Black women and girls program, which includes providing 4-8 free therapy sessions.
- Start a Giving Circle: Pool your resources together and make a commitment with 6 of your friends to donate and support Black women and girls who deserve access to healing. If each of your friends contribute $20, it will cover 1 therapy session.