Starfish Foundation Inc

Rating: 4.99 stars   82 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.
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 39-1847399
800-236-4692
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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization changed my life and the trajectory of my legacy. The burdens I was carrying from trauma I had experienced was spilling over onto my family. While volunteering for this organization I have learned how to open my heart and experience love again. I thank you, my wife thanks you, and my children thank you. Kelly

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I talked my dad into participating after talking with Anthony Luna about his family’s experience. Dad went reluctantly as it seems every vet does. I had no expectations when I went to the graduation on Sunday, but I saw a different man. He had a skip in his step and a twinkle in his eye that I had never seen before. He has not stopped thanking me for talking him into participating. Since then I have volunteered to staff weekends. I can’t put into words the changes I have experienced and the difference it has made in our relationship. Vets Journey Home has done so much for our family. I wish this program would have been available when dad returned from Viet Nam. I pray that every vet has the opportunity to experience this program. The wounds of combat affect the entire family no matter how hard you try to protect them. Healing the wound is the only way to stop the hurting.

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

the changes in my relationship with Pop.

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

have more volunteer staff assisting with the preparation leading up to the weekends.

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

seeing the change in the expressions on the participants faces. The difference 3 days can make is amazing.

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

the most loving, compassionate, and giving people I have ever met.

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

get to every returning vet so that no soldier misses this opportunity.

Ways to make it better...

I can't imagine it being better.

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

funding to make it more available and staffing to recruit more vets.

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

THANK YOU! to all how have been involved in this journey.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Starfish Foundation has been a great positive influence on my life for more than 20 years. Its Bamboo Bridge program saved my life in 1993. I support the foundation and its programs like Healing Warrior Hearts with my money and volunteer efforts. I highly recommend others to do the same.

Paul Terheide
Veteran/Volunteer

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?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered for this organizations work with veterans several times. The difference between the person who arrives and the person who leaves must be seen to be believed. This work is crucial to our veterans who have suffered much and been given little.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I staffed a VJH seminar for the first time last weekend. I did not really know what to expect. What I found was a safe and loving environment where each veteran was allowed to take as much time as he or she needed to tell his or her story in its entirety. Then each veteran was allowed to do a piece of work to help heal one or more wounds created as a result of his or her time in service. The transformations I saw on that weekend were truly amazing. I will staff again as soon as possible.

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?

2012

 
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If it has not been for the Starfish Foundation I would not have been able to attend in Taking It Lightly as well as Taking It Lightly Renewal. This has changed my life and made me realize so much old habits. I got a new attitude and it's shinning bright. I got new habits and I make a difference because someone cared enough to put me back in the ocean. I may have experienced what I did, I am who I am, where I am today because of all of that. This doesn't define me anymore. Amen.

 
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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 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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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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2 people found this review helpful

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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1 person found this review helpful

I began my journey to emotional freedom from the stress and baggage that i carry for combat and my military service by attending Healing Warrior Hearts retreat. The program was such a success in the changes that it made in me that I could tell and others that I had interacted with could also, some people say;" Wow this is amazing you are a changed Man". From this I have chosen and decided that Healing Warrior Hearts is to much for me to not share that I share it with all veterans combat and not. I have continued to support and participate in many weekends to support fellow veterans as they progress through their own quest/ journey, by volunteering to staff weekends and spread the word. This program has helped me to overcome so much and along that to see others also overcome many challenges that we believed were going to be impossible to get past with out the power, caring, professionalism, and excellence of all that I have met since this transformation.

 
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I attended my first "Taking It Lightly" weekend in January of 2012. It was an incredible, powerful weekend filled with love and compassion. Because of that weekend, I now live my life more alive and aware of my own feelings and I have more compassion for others. I have been volunteering by staffing weekends and participating in fund raising events because this work is so important to keep going and healing peoples hearts!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I first attended "Taking It Lightly" 22 years ago. The program was a life changer for me. I was divorcing at the time and felt lost, alone and my world was up side down. I got so much from the program that I wanted to give back my time because there were many volunteer staff there for me. I have been a part of over 50 weekends because volunteering helps me grow emotionally as much as being supportive of the new attendees. I felt safe to tell my story and I was accepted. I learned that I can safely express my emotions and voice my needs. I learned to find safe people.

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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