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.


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A letter from our Executive Director, Chris Beck

(Note: As of July 1, 2019, Chris Beck is retired and Melissa Minkley is now Executive Director of Healing Hearts.)

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 eight 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 inaugurated 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

Former Executive Director of Healing Hearts of Waukesha County

Adopt a Child Struggling with Grief

In this season of giving, Healing Hearts needs assistance to support children struggling with grief.  Over the past nine years we have been able to support over 1000 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 added 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 …

  • $16 pays for one teen’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.



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100 Women Who Care

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Ascension Lutheran Church

Cesarz, Charapata and Zinnecker Funeral Home

Church and Chapel Funeral Homes

ComForCare Home Care

ElBuen Samaritano

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

Oconomowoc Memorial Auxiliary

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

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 Service Club

Waukesha Women and Girls Fund

Private Donors 

Donors of In-kind Donations and Community Partners

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Homes

Church and Chapel

ComforCare Home Care

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Oconomowoc

Krause Funeral Homes

Oconomowoc Breakfast Kiwanis

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

Waukesha Downtown Business Association 

Waukesha Memorial Hospital

Waukesha Kiwanis – Early Risers

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