Message from Eden
During This Season of Giving
AMCS Thanks You for Your Gifts
During this wonderful time of year I would like to send an enormous THANK YOU to you -- our supporters, volunteers and friends who selflessly contributed on #GivingTuesday and throughout 2018. Your gifts enable us to provide hope and healing to the most vulnerable among us.

Your support has allowed Airport Marina Counseling Service (AMCS) to start new programs including a Trauma Support Group, which is highlighted in this month's newsletter. This group was developed due to tragic events around our country such as the Las Vegas shooting and the recent fires in Southern California. We realize that people need a place for support and this group is offered free of charge.

To assure more programming such as this group will be available to those throughout our community, AMCS has been given a generous $10,000 challenge grant from the John and Nancy Edwards Family Foundation. For the remainder of December any donations made to AMCS up to $10,000 will be matched! That means that your donation is now worth double!

If you haven't already made a year-end gift to AMCS, I hope you will consider a donation today by clicking here.

Wishing you and yours a happy holiday, wonderful New Year and
nothing but good vibrations,


Eden Garcia-Balis, LMFT
Chief Executive Officer

Get Your Mental Health Tune-Up Today  
AMCS Offers A Variety of Free Community Groups 
Feeling lonely? Anxious? Overwhelmed? That's what AMCS found was the case for many of our clients.  As wonderful as the holiday season can be, it also can be a stressful time, and extra support can help. The generous donations from our supporters this year will once again allow AMCS' to provide a free Holiday Support Group.

AMCS also offers free groups to help people deal with the trauma and emotional distress from such things as the recent wildfires. If you or anyone you know has been impacted by the rash of fires throughout Southern California, don't go through it alone. AMCS and our team of therapists are here to help.

To see all of our available therapy groups for December, please click here.

AMCS Profile:
Meet Elena Bell, LCSW
Training A New Generation of Therapists
Elena has been a clinical supervisor at Airport Marina Counseling Service since 2009, and she loves coming to work because she knows she's helping a new generation of therapists gets their careers rolling.

"It's the teaching aspect that I love," Elena said. "AMCS is a training place, and I love challenging therapists to think critically and get their own clinical voice. When therapists come in thirsty for knowledge, that's exciting."

Focusing on AMCS' high school track, Elena relies on her time working with Department of Children and Family Services to help counselors work with at-risk students and their families.

Elena, who comes from a family of social workers, educators and nurses said she enjoys giving back and helping to train others to give back as well. AMCS is proud that she's a part of the clinic's family!

2019 Spring Celebration
There's Still Time to Sponsor
Our Biggest Event of the Year

Airport Marina Counseling Service's (AMCS) 15th annu al "Spring into Well-Being" Celebration w ill be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 6-9 p.m. at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Ballroom. The event will celebrate the success of our Champion of Mental Health, realtor Jane St. John, who has been instrumental in helping AMCS become an indispensable part of the county's mental health care safety net.
"Jane has been a tireless supporter of AMCS for many years, always working to promote the clinic and its mission throughout the community," said AMCS CEO Eden Garcia-Balis. "We are excited to honor her for her contributions."
The event is expected to attract more than 300 key local community and business leaders, with the goal of raising more than $250,000 to help continue providing much-needed affordable, community-based mental health services and to support the training of the clinic's more than 50 mental health therapists each year.
Sponsorships available now! Contact Eden Garcia-Balis, LMFT (310) 670-1410 or email
Thank You to the Westchester Mental Health Guild     
The Guild Hits It Out of the Park for AMCS!   

A big thank you to the Westchester Mental Health Guild for its recent $45,000 gift to AMCS. The Guild donated the proceeds from its Holiday Home Tour, which attracted hundreds of local residents, including Congresswoman Maxine Waters (pictured at right).

"We could not ask for a better partner than the Guild," said AMCS CEO Eden Garcia-Balis. "We all appreciate the hard work and effort the Guild has invested in helping AMCS achieve its mission."

For more information about the Guild and how you can join the more than 200 Guild members who raise funds to support AMCS, please visit the Guild's website.