OFFICE STAFF

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Cruz Ballew, Office Dog

Marilyn Koenig, Co-Founder and Executive Director

Kristine Cozine, Finance Director

May Ballew, Administrative Assistant

​Susan J. Reynolds, Project Manager

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Kelly Holmstrom, President

Toni Groth, Vice-President

Chris Beeby, Secretary

Susan J. Reynolds, Treasurer

Ian Howard ACSW

Stephanie Chandler-Tonstad

Katherine Remhof

Cindy Iseley


Interested in becoming a Board Member?  Our Board governs the overall execution of the organization’s mission.   Principally, the Board manages organizational finances and sets long term priorities for programs. The Board also oversees the Executive Director, who is responsible for day-to-day management of the organization. Overall, the members of the Board contribute the educational, management, legal, and financial skills needed to ensure long term organizational stability and ensure year-to-year bereavement support activities to help family and friends after a suicide loss.



HISTORY

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In the summer of 1982, two mothers, Chris Moon and Marilyn Koenig, who had each experienced the suicide death of a teenage son, met at a meeting in Sacramento, CA. Their connection was immediate and their feeling of compassion for each other spurred them on to consider helping others who were also grieving. 


With $100 and eight people in a living room sharing their grief, Chris and Marilyn started a support program, eventually named Friends for Survival.  Since 1983, many survivors, board members and other volunteers have developed principles, programs and services which have created a strong, vibrant, sustainable organization. 


Friends for Survival is not just a support group, but a “suicide bereavement support program.”  A program that offers a variety of services on a long-term basis to meet the complicated needs of families.  Many families will receive a newsletter for years, not because they are stuck in their grief, but because the newsletter continues to give them help and support. 

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This program is funded in part by the Division of Behavioral Health Services through the voter approved Proposition 63, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

Contact Us

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**OUR TELEPHONES ARE ANSWERED SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.**

Friends for Survival, Inc.

P.O. Box 214463, Sacramento, CA 95821

(916) 392-0664 Toll Free: (800) 646-7322 Email: info@friendsforsurvival.org

Office Hours

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Closed

Tue

09:00 am – 04:00 pm

Wed

09:00 am – 04:00 pm

Thu

09:00 am – 04:00 pm

Fri

Closed

Sat

Closed

Sun

Closed