Our donors make the work of Healing Hearts possible. Because of the support we receive from our member organizations, other corporate and community entities, foundations and private donors, we are able to offer our grief-support program free to participants.


Healing Hearts is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization. Contributions are acknowledged by letter. You can mail checks to our address (listed below) or now we are also accepting online donations, click the button below.


online donations by credit card

A letter from our executive director, Chris Beck

 Dear Healing Hearts Friend,

We were in the 5th week of our Fall Session for Healing Hearts, just finishing up with a light meal for participants, when a woman with two little children in tow entered the cafeteria. She was tentative, searching the room for someone or something. I approached her and asked if I could be of assistance. She responded that she was looking for Healing Hearts. She didn’t know if this was where she belonged, but she needed help. I asked her what was the nature of her loss. She burst into tears. “My 21-year-old daughter died on September 13th and I’m not handling it very well.” It felt so good to tell her that she had come to the right place.

Within five minutes, we were able to place the woman in a support group with other parents who had lost children and her seven-year-old twins joined a group with other children whose siblings had died.
For over seven years Healing Hearts has been the right place for children and their families who have lost a loved one due to death, divorce, separation, abandonment, incarceration, or other life-altering events. Sadly, our numbers are impacted by the opioid crisis that grips Waukesha County. This fall our largest group of adults was for grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren because their own children are dead, incarcerated, or incapacitated by opioid use. The word has spread. School personnel routinely refer their needy families to Healing Hearts. Last spring we served 67 participants – 24 families! And on February 1, 2018 Healing Hearts inaugurates a new site in Oconomowoc.
Please, help us continue to be the right place. When you adopt-a-child you are funding facilitator training, curriculum, and supplies for activities that help these families confront their loss and find hope. Every child deserves to be in the right place.
Chris Beck
Executive Director of Healing Hearts of Waukesha County
(262) 527-1433

Adopt a Child Struggling with Grief

In this season of giving, Healing Hearts needs assistance to support children struggling with grief.  Over the past seven years we have been able to support over 700 participants through Healing Hearts.  In the spring of 2017, Healing Hearts completed its largest session, with 67 participants, representing 24 families in attendance.  In February of 2018 Healing Hearts will add an additional site, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Oconomowoc. There is no charge to our families and the cost needed to continue the program is rising. To meet our needs to continue being able to support grieving children and their families along their journey, we are asking for your help. We are asking that you adopt a grieving child. The cost to “adopt” a child is $100.00. This will cover all program costs needed to continue making the Healing Hearts program accessible to one child.  We are seeking benefactors willing to help support these children. You can help by sending a tax-deductible donation to:

Healing Hearts of Waukesha County, Inc.
121 Wisconsin Ave.
Waukesha, WI 53186


Adopt a Child Online Donation by credit card

Here is an idea of what your donation could provide …

  • $12 pays for one child’s program journal
  • $25 pays for one adult program journal
  • $30 pays for snacks for all participants for one meeting
  • $60 pays for journals for a small group of five children
  • $100 pays for all related costs for one child to complete the program
  • $500 pays for one small group of five children to complete the program

Thank you for your support.   **Donors will be sent a receipt for tax purposes.


ProHealthCare Foundation, Don Fundingsland Chaplains Fund
100 Women Who Care
Amazon Smile
Ascension Lutheran Church
Cesarz, Charapata and Zinnecker Funeral Home
Church and Chapel Funeral Homes
Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care
ComForCare Home Care
Crush Wine Bar
ElBuen Samaritano
Felss Rotaform, LLC
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
First United Methodist Church & Society Team
Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company
GE Foundation
Gethsemane United Methodist Church
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
Krause Funeral Homes
Lake Country Women’s Club
Modern Woodmen of America
Northwestern Mutual Life
Oconomowoc Area Foundation
Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home
St. John Neumann Catholic Church
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
St. Mary Catholic Church
St. William Catholic Church
Salem United Methodist Church
Southminster Presbyterian Church
Steaming Cup
Taco Johns (Grand Avenue)
Thrivent Financial
United Church Women of Waukesha
United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church
Waukesha Community Foundation
Waukesha Kiwanis – Early Risers
Waukesha Noon Kiwanis
Waukesha Noon Lions Club
Waukesha Service Club
Waukesha Women and Girls Fund
XYZ Club at First United Methodist Church
Private Donors

Donors of In-kind Donations and Community Partners

Adaptive Community Approach Program (ACAP)
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Homes
Church and Chapel
ComforCare Home Care
Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care
Culver’s on Sunset
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Oconomowoc
Krause Funeral Homes
National Golf Center
Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital
Pewaukee Kiwanis Club
ProHealth Care
Randle Dable Brisk Funeral Home
Salem United Methodist Women
Scrima, Kabitzke and Co., S.C.
St. John Neumann Catholic Church
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Stillwaters Cancer Support Services
Waukesha Downtown Business Association
Waukesha Memorial Hospital
Waukesha Kiwanis – Early Risers
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