Renowned philanthropist, business leader and real estate investor, Kenny Slaught has dedicated himself to helping less fortunate citizens and organizations in his community. In keeping with his long-time philosophy as a leading charitable activist, he advocates for the Hospice of Santa Barbara and one of its many outreach-centered initiatives -counseling and support services. As he works to increase public awareness of how important outreach support can be, particularly for those who have working through the loss of their beloved ones, Slaught has recently promoted these initiatives on his blog at KennySlaught.com.
Kenny Slaught supports Hospice of Santa Barbara efforts to provide wide range of services, not only for those facing terminal and chronic illness, but also for their families. Many of the organization’s initiatives focus on the needs of children as they process the impending or recent passing of a family member. Around 20 percent of children suffer the death of a loved one prior to turning 18, and one in 20 children sees the loss of one or both parents before they reach adulthood. Hospice of Santa Barbara seeks to provide those in these situations with free mentorship through numerous programs. This support helps children cope with their grief to avoid or alleviate depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Youth who experience a close loss can feel alone and overwhelmed, with many acting out as teenagers and engaging in risky behaviors, such as substance abuse or self-mutilation. The I Have a Friend program shows them that they can overcome their grief and pain in a better way, and go on to lead fulfilling, happy lives, just as the adult volunteers have. Kenny Slaught explains that these volunteers teach them the importance of open communication while working to help program participants become more resilient.
Keny Slaght, an avid philanthropist and real estate investor, is a long-time supporter of the I Have A Friend Mentor Program at Hospice of Santa Barbara. To raise awareness, Slaught has recently written favorably about the program on his blog at KennySlaught.com.
When children experience the loss of a parent, they may feel that their lives will never be the same. They often feel loss and abandonment. As pointed out by Kenny Slaught, “The I Have a Friend mentor program allows these young people to share their feelings with someone who has experienced something very similar.” The individual will have a companion for as long as he or she needs, and can explore some of the most sensitive subjects in an open and supportive environment with the mentor. In turn, the mentor offers support and practical guidance on the hurdles that will come.