Kenneth Slaught on Hospice of Santa Barbara Doing Great Things by Implementing The Youth Bereavement Outreach Program

A wide range of services not just for individuals facing terminal and chronic illness are offered.

Successful investor and and real estate mogul, Kenneth Slaught continues to show his generosity and empathy towards some of the most vulnerable social groups requiring better social support, as he contributes to the communities where his business works. In keeping with his corporate social responsibility mission, he has been a long-time advocate of the Hospice of Santa Barbara and its ‘The Youth Bereavement Outreach Program’. In efforts to increase public awareness of importance of children’s emotional wellbeing, Slaught has recently promoted the program on his blog at

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides a wide range of services not just for individuals facing terminal and chronic illness, but also for their families. Many of the programs at the organization focus on the needs of children as they struggle with the impending or recent passing of a loved one. About 20 percent of children experience the death of a loved one before they turn 18, and one in 20 children must face the loss of one or both parents before they reach adulthood. Hospice of Santa Barbara endeavors to provide individuals in these situations with free support through the following programs. This support helps individuals cope with grief to avoid or mitigate depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Kenneth Slaught endorses Hospice of Santa Barbara for maintaining an active presence on local school campuses at all levels, from elementary school to college. Volunteers visit these campuses to organize weekly support groups for students who have experienced traumatic or complex situations and require a safe place in which to discuss their thoughts and feelings. On-campus services aim to create supportive atmospheres that encourage self-reflection and teach critical coping skills. These coping skills can help adolescents avoid drugs and alcohol, as well as other forms of self-medication. In addition to working directly with students, the hospice volunteers provide training to faculty and staff members about how to interact with students who are dealing with trauma and how to handle student questions about death, especially violent deaths and suicide. All 65 schools in the Hospice of Santa Barbara network can call on the organization around the clock to respond to a traumatic situation quickly and effectively.

Founder of Investec Real Estate Companies, Kenneth Slaught has been in the industry for more than four decades. A dedicated investment strategist, he manages more than 3 million square feet of property throughout California. With total transactions valued above $1.2 billion, Investec has grown to become one of Santa Barbara’s leading real estate firms. An avid philanthropist, Mr. Slaught is involved with many non-profit and community organizations, including Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and the Music Academy of the West. Contributing to the benefit of youth in the area, he dedicates considerable time to these and other worthy causes.

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