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THE WOMENS CENTER INC
October 4, 2013

I first heard about the Waukesha Women's Center when it was in the planning stages, because one of its founders, Bonnie Martin, was a good friend of mine. Bonnie was a social worker and saw a great need for the Center in Waukesha County.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever need the services of the Waukesha Women's Center. But, after a series of business losses combined with the devastating economic depression I found myself suffering from depression and disturbing memories of childhood abuse.

Several times during my adult life I had struggled with depression, but no therapist had ever found the root causes of the depression. Remembering long buried events is like peeling an onion, and it took a long time to uncover memories of abuse I suffered from infancy through childhood.

My therapist at the Waukesha Women's Center helped me understand what happened to me, and how I was able to bury those memories as a good way of coping. She helped me more than any other therapist; over 25 years I saw 3 therapists. They taught me coping skills to deal with depression, but really didn't find the cause of my angst.

I liked the way the Women's Center is set up so that it is a safe place to visit, and my problems are treated with confidentiality and respect. When my therapist left, the transition to a new therapist was handled easily. I enjoyed attending some of the group events, and appreciated learning techniques of art therapy.

The Center makes a big difference in the lives of the women affected by abuse, and I am very grateful to my old friend Bonnie for its creation and to my new friends at the Women's Center for improving the quality of my life by helping me come to terms with what happened to me as a child.

Ways to make it better...

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

educate the public about the Waukesha Women's Center.

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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?

2013

MY ROLE:
Client Served

BEING THERE REACHING OUT INC
October 4, 2013

I have been a member of Being There Reaching Out for ten years now, since my step-son was killed in Iraq. Since he was only the fourth Wisconsin soldier killed in Iraq, BTRO has been a big part of our healing for ten years. Every year Judith Singer, one of the original founders, flawlessly, and seemingly effortlessly, organizes the most thoughtful and meaningful events for the Families of the Fallen.

Judith has quietly amassed an army of volunteers and people who show up at our events to support us and help us in any way they can. It has been wonderful to see how people with ties to the military help each other. And we help others, as evidenced by the fledgling Fischer House, which is being built on the Milwaukee VA grounds, as well as Dry Hootch coffee shops which service Veterans with PTSD.

There are just so many wonderful people who have touched our lives because of BTRO, including Joe Campbell, one of the founding members, and Dorothy Moore, our President. Joe knows many Vietnam era Veterans, and Dorothy knows many in state and local government, and the support for the families who have experienced terrible tragedies really helps to heal us.

BTRO makes a difference every single day.


Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing.

More feedback

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?

2013

MY ROLE:
Client Served