Starfish Foundation Inc

Rating: 4.99 stars   71 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Mental Health, Veterans

Location: 2437 N Booth St Milwaukee WI 53212 USA

Mission: To raise funds for scholarships to assist individuals to attend programs for emotional healing, including providing programs for military veterans to heal the emotional wounds of war.
Target demographics: trauma survivors and military veterans
Geographic areas served: USA
Programs: Healing Warrior Hearts and scholarships to programs that aid emotional healing.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

Me and my battle buddy attended the Healing Warrior Hearts retreat , September 5th-8th. We both are still in shock and awe of what we witnessed! The Cadre (staff) were most accommodating and attentive to our every need. We were made to feel "not alone." Our break through and healing started the instant we arrived! Our every concern, need, and reservation were acknowledged and resolved. I am so happy we attended, and recommend other Veterans partake too! We are looking forward to another weekend of healing as staff, in the near future. Thanks to the Starfish. Foundation for being a beacon on a dimly lit path!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Until I made the decision to attend Taking It Lightly in November of 2013, I thought how I felt physically and emotionally was normal. I was skeptical of the program, and I didn't want to share myself emotionally with a group of strangers. I have attended many professional seminars where the mantra is "You get out of it what you put into it", not taking much away from the programs, so I didn't have high expectations of the TIL weekend. I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE WRONG! The Starfish Foundation's scholarship made it possible for me to attend the TIL weekend, and I have never experienced so much unconditional love and safety. I met many wonderful people that took the journey with me, and who continue to do so to this day. Since taking the weekend, I learned how much I do matter, and that my trust issues are not with others, but are with myself. I was so amazed at the weekend, I also volunteered to staff a weekend the following December. I couldn't wait to get back to new found environment of love, warmth, and safety. I have a long road ahead of me, and I look forward to future programs and staffing opportunities that will help me grow personally and professionally. I am blessed that someone thought enough of me to return me to the sea of love by introducing me to the Starfish Foundation and The Center for Creative Learning. THE ENTIRE STARFISH FAMILY IS AMAZING! With love and gratitude...Amber S.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Had it not been for the Starfish Foundation, I would not been able to experience the Taking It Lightly weekend. This resource was vital for me to experience personal and professional growth in my life. It provided me with essential maintenance for my life & I am so eternally grateful.

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TYRONE.
I'm honored to share my experience I had with the HEALING WARRIOR HEARTS organization. It also gives me great pleasure my feelings about the STAFF OF HEALING WARRIOR HEARTS. I attended the Wonderland Camp Retreat during September 19-22.2014. The entire weekend was awesome to me and for me. I never knew such a group existed; until a fellow veteran shared the benefits of attending a session with the HEALING WARRIOR HEARTS.
During my stay I was guided thru a series of steps that allowed me to get in touch with my mind, spirit, soul, and heart. I able to tell my story about my MST, PTSD, anger, anxiety, and grief that I had been carrying around on the inside of me for so long without any resolution. I was able to freely express myself without shame, embarrasement, or judgement. This really helped me to get some clarity, relief, joy, and peace.

The HEALING WARRIOR HEARTS STAFF was totally awesome! They were very supportive, courteous, caring, knowdledgeable, committed, and full of love and hugs from beginning to end. Thank You So Much HEALING WARRIOR HEARTS AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!









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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

Have been serving combat vets for many years and in many ways. I have witnessed life changing experiences during warrior heart retreats. Volunteering to spend time with the veterans staff and facilitators is a energy and spirit lifting journey! Joining us for a weekend, as a participant or staff will change you too.

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I attended the Healing Warrior Hearts retreat September 5-8, 2014, and was truly over whelmed by the support this program offer veterans through healing and encouragement from trauma during their military service. It was a time to hear other veterans first hand, tell their story and have someone listen and believe their story without judgement. At first glance, I was ready to run but realized I had no place to run to only to find a great support group who really cared and truly love what the Starfish Foundation provides. I will return there in March 2015 to volunteer and lend whatever support I can. Praying that we can start a satellite program here in the Detroit area. The staff is the greatess!!!!!!!!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended the Healing Warrior Hearts MST weekend as a Volunteer to assist veterans in dealing with military sexual trauma. I am a Master Level Social Worker and a military wife/mother and have been working several years on my own healing. This weekend was AMAZING. Participants walked into the weekend with sad and broken spirits. They left revived and with great thankfulness. This was my first experience with this organization and I was truly impressed. I appreciated the dedication of the staff and the expertise of the instructors. Everything was explained forthright so the participants knew what was happening next. The staff worked tirelessly supporting the group and the instructors kept the volunteers well informed. It was incredible to watch the loving care and respect that was given to our hurting military men and women. I highly recommend this organization to anyone who is looking for personal growth and healing. As a volunteer, I was renewed by the end of the weekend, learned so much about the helping profession, and rejoiced with the many people who were uplifted! Thank you Patricia and staff for allowing me to participate in this incredible weekend.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

My journey out of darkness started With Hdealing Warriors Hearts, Little did I know the outcome would be immediate, the ability to smile and know joy again are overwhelming. I would highly recommend this program to all veterans. This program has driven me to be a volunteer and help others. The people that I met we're
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. More so Unforgettable! Impact was key to my healing process. The instructors were
Powerful with there message. At the end, I saw the light and felt happiness and joy. Thank you all for giving that back to me .

Thank you,
Smiles :)

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have driven to Milwaukee from Indianapolis several times to participate in Taking It Lightly and Walking in the Light weekends, and my life has been enriched a great deal each time. Patricia is extraordinarily loving and talented guide who helps participants find and break through the blocks in our lives. I am so grateful to her.

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In the Healing Warrior Hearts program, Veterans are offered the opportunity to heal military-related wounds of the heart, mind and soul. There is not one veteran who serves our country and comes back unchanged, unsoiled, unaffected by all they see and do. Sadly there arent many resources for our vets to have such closure and an opportunity to begin and/or take another step toward integrating in society, their families, and the workforce. I'm very excited that Healing Warrior Hearts is available, free of charge, to aid our proud service men and women in gathering the pieces of the "self" and becoming whole once again.
As a volunteer staff person for Healing Warrior Hearts, I am honored beyond words to be able to give back, just a little, to those who have fought and ensured our freedom. The amount of healing I've witnessed in this program is wonderfully overwhelming.... like that feeling a person may get when the room is filled with love, gratitude, joy and celebration!

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I not only volunteer but have completed several of the weekend intensive workshops, as well as the one-day events. The peace, joy, and contentment I have been searching my entire life for was revealed! The secret? I had it all along! I just had to give myself permission, forgive myself and others, and (most of all!!) empower myself!
Through the help of The Starfish Foundation sponsored programs, I have filled my "tool box" with resources for self-confidence, self-live, and am on my continual journey in finding what gifts I can contribute to my community, my world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase marketing resources so more people can benefit from this organisation's programs.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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6 people found this review helpful

I am proud to be a volunteer connected to the Starfish foundation. As a staff member of Vets Journey Home, I have the honor of serving the men and women who sacrifice to serve our country, and have witnessed countless people whose lives have been ridden with trauma and pain find healing, comfort and peace in their lives... blessings they may not have received without the financial support of the Starfish Foundation. A Beacon in the community, this foundation shines light onto the journey of the Veterans' path to wholeness and a home-coming of the heart.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

not only watching the transition of Veterans from fearful to hopeful, but also seen personal friends benefit in their relationships, work lives, daily functioning, and even increase their will to live.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the effect it's had on my faith that people care, that there IS hope, that I can make a difference in my own life, as well as the lives of others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, comforting, and offered support in a way that makes people feel safe & accepted, while fostering healing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

spread the gifts of healing to all veterans who have experienced the trauma of combat and the challenges of serving in the armed forces.

Ways to make it better...

more funds were available to include unlimited Veterans.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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