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WILLOW HOUSE

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Mission: The mission of Willow House is to develop and provide supportive services for children, teens, families, schools and communities who are coping with grief and the death of a loved one.

Target demographics: Children, families, schools and communities who are coping with grief and the death of a loved one

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 200 families and 70 schools.

Geographic areas served: The greater Chicagoland area

Programs: Peer support groups, school programs and community services.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What Willow House means to us: We would not be where we are emotionally without their help and assistance in dealing with our loss. Willow House has been extremely helpful for us after losing our 3 year old daughter Lauren. At group we are with people that really know what it is like to lose a child; Jen can express herself in dealing with the loss of a little sister and Jacob has learned to express himself about a sister he never met. Parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles and brothers/sisters and friends have been supportive, but (fortunately for most) they have not walked in our "shoes of life". We have made some close friends within our group, and we know that we have each other to lean on if/whenever needed. Death and the heartache associated with it has brought many of us together in a way that most people can't relate to. For instance, showing emotions (especially for guys) and know that it is ok to give someone a hug because they are feeling down is welcomed and appreciated. As someone who has benefitted from Willow House and a bereavement support group, I feel sad for those that have lost (a)child(ren) and don't have anywhere to turn for support and healing. Isolation is difficult, especially when dealing with such strong emotions of grief and pain. Thanks to the staff and many generous volunteers that make Willow House what it is. Dave and Mary S.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We were so lucky to find Willow House after the death of our daughter. So many people offered condolences but it is so difficult to talk to someone that has never been through the same ordeal as you. At Willow House no one judges you or thinks you are crazy. They know that grief is a process. It helped so much to be able to talk to other couples that also lost a child. We had a wonderful group of people in our group and we continue to be friends with many of them today. Whenever I hear of a death, I refer them to Willow House. Stefanie and her staff are wonderful. They helped us through the darkest days of our lives and we will forever be greatful.