Helping Young Adults & Families Heal Since 1989

Prometheus Family Support

Prometheus Family Support founded in 1989 by Evelyn Hall and Susanne Chassay is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to healing and supporting our communities most vulnerable and disconnected youth.  Prometheus plays a unique role in the landscape of services available to youth today by being a holistic counseling program; we engage and nurture the healing of mind, body and heart through traditional and non-traditional methods.

We draw from ancient wisdom and current best practice methods; weaving the two together to create a healing plan tailored to each individual and group. Our mission is to empower young people through the creative and healing arts and reconnecting them to the natural world.

Our goals are to support, educate and provide the extra resources low income youth need to graduate from high school and go on to higher learning and reaching their full potential. We fulfill our mission by providing individual, family and group counseling, wilderness retreats, study retreats, digital media arts leadership training and the Safe Place Program at Redwood Continuation High School.

Susanne Chassay Memorial Scholarship

Prometheus Family Support is proud to introduce Wendy Castaneda, the first recipient of The Susanne Chassay Memorial Scholarship!

Your generous donations that made this $1,000 scholarship possible. You can still donate to Wendy’s scholarship fund or to the 2015 Susanne Chassay Memorial Scholarship. Thank you for helping Susanne’s legacy to live on. Click here to make a 100% tax-deductible donation.

Introducing Wendy Castaneda

Introducing Wendy Castaneda

Wendy came to Redwood Continuation High School as a junior in March 2013 because the conditions of her probation mandated it. She had dropped out of high school in her sophomore year. When I first met Wendy she was not yet committed to herself or her education, Read more…

Wendy’s Personal Statement

Wendy’s Personal Statement

My name is Wendy Castaneda. I am an 18-year-old Latina. I have completed one of my academic goals in life, obtaining my high school diploma. I would be a first generation college student, in addition to being the first in my family to graduate high school.  Read more…

Susanne Chassay Scholarship

Susanne Chassay Scholarship

Susanne’s life was dedicated to the healing arts; for the past 28 years she maintained a private practice as a psychotherapist, psychoanalyst and writer. Along with helping thousands of people to heal, Susanne left a profound body of work through her published papers. Read more…

Testimonials

P.D.

21 yrs. old

“Thank you for teaching me that I can get high naturally. I can always count on you to pull out something enlightening that helps me see the world in a whole different way.”

K.H.

21 years old

“Thank you for all you did for me, I am in college now and would never have gone without your support and guidance.”

C.R.

19 yrs. old

“Thank you for helping me see that I am not just my problems, that underneath my problems is a strength that I didn’t even know I had. You helped me learn that I can count on certain things to help me, like Nature, and just breathing, and knowing I can move forward. You are helping me stay focused even when I want to just give up.”

C.W.

17 years old

“People really care about me in the Safe Place, I really feel safe and forgot what that feels like. I grew up in a really tough neighborhood and was starting to get in trouble. My Mom died when I was 15 and I lost it, started using drugs and drinking and then got sent to Redwood. I can’t believe it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I go the help I needed to deal with my grief, we could never afford counseling and here it was offered at no charge.  I started learning how to feel again and I don’t use as much now, not totally clean and sober, because I still miss my Mom so much, but now I have people who care about me and are helping me.”

N.D.

17 years old

“I learned to trust again in the Safe Place. I never trusted anyone since I was a little kid, adults always lied and never came through with their promises, my Dad left when I was young and never looked back. I had to raise myself and be tough. Now I trust people a little more, but mostly I am learning to trust myself to make better choices and not just let anger run my life.”

M.B.

18 years old

“I would have dropped out of school without the Safe Place.”

E.Z.

18 years old

“My friends and I have been making music for a long time. In the Safe Place I was taught how to use computers and sound to produce music for our DVD. Now our music is part of something and out there. It makes me know I can go for my dreams if I work hard.”

J.C.

17 years old

“I now know that what I have to say matters. I feel like all the problems I have are not so bad, many others have the same problems. They have made me stronger by sharing them.”

J.C.

28 yrs. old

“Thank you for the rich experience of collective and personal sharing. I had forgotten that I had a personal myth and our collective myths are so one dimensional. What a joy to not focus on words and everyday problems and enter the world of consciousness and imagination.  I am more calm, nonjudgmental and happier!  I am no longer afraid to show the parts of myself that believe in awe and wonder.  I am, and always have been, curious about the world and forgot what a gift that is.”

D.E.

18 years old

“I have been clean and sober for a year now because of the programs I am in at Prometheus, they help us do other things besides getting blasted. I love the retreats and garden. I take care of the chickens and love Nature. Now, I know I can walk down to Coyote Point when I am bored and watch the birds and all the wildlife there. I am going to go to college to study environmental something. I am so happy I found this school and program.”

T.L.

20 years old

“Thank you for believing in me when I had no hope, you helped me more than words can express. I am now happy and in college. Can you believe it?!”

K.C.

18 years old

“In the Safe Place, I learned that I am not alone, we all have similar problems and can support each other instead of fighting all the time. I grew up with fighting and violence and didn’t know any other way, now I do. Thanks Prometheus for caring enough to teach me.”

J.W.

19 years old

“I wanted to write you to say thank you for all you gave me during my time in the program, I was lost and so alone. You helped me know I was important and what I had to say mattered. I came to believe in myself again.”

J.R.

17 years old

“In the Safe Place, I learned I am not stupid.”

B.R.

17 years old

“My life has changed so much, I used to hang around and was going nowhere, now I have goals and skills to move me in a more positive direction. Thanks!”

J.S.

21 yrs. old

“Thank you for the great groups!!! I was so bored with just partying and staying on the surface with so called friends here in college. Now I know how to  express myself more deeply and do things that are fun without just drinking and being crazy. I needed that!  When is the next one?”

 

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