Thao gives back - and so can you!

When you give to Pacific Clinics, you can have an impact far greater than you imagine.

This holiday season, thanks to caring donors like you, an outgoing, cheerful young woman will be helping the homeless. She’ll be handing out socks and sandwiches, and providing a listening ear to those who are hurting. She makes a point of giving back, because she knows what it is to be misunderstood, afraid, stigmatized.

Her name is Thao. You would never guess if you were to meet her today, but when she was nineteen, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Thao’s troubles started early. Even at age seven, she had emotional and behavioral problems. Her parents desperately looked for answers but struggled to understand and care for their daughter. As she grew into adulthood, Thao turned to drugs to treat and relieve her anguish. She disconnected from her family and friends. Eventually, her symptoms of mental illness became so severe that she was hospitalized. Her family wanted to help, but they didn’t know where to turn.

Thankfully, Thao's family was introduced to Pacific Clinics. Our professional staff provided her with the immediate care and treatment that she needed. Generous support like yours helped us to provide additional services including peer-to-peer case management and education on managing her mental illness.

Thao’s improvement was truly remarkable.

For 90 years, Pacific Clinics has worked closely to help those who are affected by mental illness - many of whom also have a substance use disorder. We provide innovative, culturally appropriate care and effective treatment programs tailored to the individual needs of our clients – regardless of their ability to pay. Unfortunately, the care we provide isn’t fully covered by public funding and insurance. Pacific Clinics is a non-profit, charitable organization, and the support of compassionate individuals like you allows us to bridge this gap and ensure that people like Thao receive the care they need.

You can double your support by making a gift today!

If you make your donation before December 31, you truly can have a great impact. In fact, you can double your impact by giving to our 90th Anniversary Match Challenge. Our board members and other partners have come together to create a matching gift fund totaling $25,000 to encourage and challenge you to give as generously as you can. Your tax-deductible contribution will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

Each donation can make a real difference. For example:

  • A $25 donation will double to $50 to help cover the costs of case management services
  • $50 donation will double to $100 to help provide food, clothing and support services at one of our centers serving at-risk young adults
  • A $100 donation will double to $200 to help defray the costs of housing and other support services to homeless adults who are struggling with a mental illness.

As a result of the mental health services and case management support, Thao has regained her life. She has reconnected with her friends and family, and she is working full time. She has also become a mental health advocate, openly sharing her personal story in the hopes of being able to help others who also struggle with a mental illness.

Reflecting on her experiences at Pacific Clinics, Thao shares, “I love the staff because of the way they care about you. They want to help each client succeed; to spread their wings and fly. They helped me become what I am today." She also shares that her success in overcoming what seemed to be insurmountable challenges has strengthened her resolve to give back and be a positive influence. She may not be able to change the world, but she can be a blessing to those whose paths cross with hers.

We hope that Thao’s story inspires you to do the same.

By contributing to Pacific Clinics' 90th Anniversary Match Challenge, you can ensure that more individuals just like Thao get the care and support they need. And, best of all, perhaps some will, in turn, help others.

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