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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Counseling, Mental Health, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

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.

Community Stories

126 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The healing and insight I experienced in the Healing Warrior Hearts weekend retreat was so transformation that I have participated in every type of event The Center of Creative Learning has offered in the last 2 and a half years since I discovered it! I'm now known for saying, "We have a weekend for that!" because Patricia Clason, her instructors and volunteer staff provide "the space" and empathy for the full, free and safe expression of all emotions associated with whatever trauma a person is dealing with and the unique expertise to guide them through it!Guided by integrity, the focus remains on doing everything with excellence and elegance! Patricia models that through transparency that inspires everyone involved to do the best they can and not beat themselves up when we don't get the results we were hoping for which empowers us to continue our journey to be our best!That same integrity shines in how Patricia is an incredible steward of the resources that are shared with her to advance this emotional healing work! I continually witness her being frugal with donations and expenses while being generous with people!Everyone should experience a program with Patricia Clason at The Center for Creative Learning! Come for the emotional healing, the hugs or the personal and professional development that you cannot escape while in her presence!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We were at the end of our marriage with no hope in sight. The couples weekend changed our lives as well as our marriage. Where there was no hope we now see hope. I could t recommend this event enough. I've told every military couple I know what a wonderful and heart opening experience we had. I am forever grateful for what they did for us.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing Warrior Hearts was the best program i have been to since I got back from Iraq I hope the work continues to heal our veterans. Thanks SSG FLOYD PETERS US A Ret

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Skeptical would be an upgrade to how I felt about another resource that was supposed to help me deal with the hurt and anger related to the sexual trauma I experienced in the military but Thank God I trusted my friend Kim's recommendation! Having just a glimpse of how it changed her more than decades of previous resources had, I decided to give it a chance. The Healing Warrior Hearts retreat was expertly organized and staffed by the kindest, most professional people! Patricia and the other instructors along with the volunteer staff were incredibly attentive and insightful into what my issue was and how to help me release it! The intro to neuroscience helped me understand that I've basically been "checked out" for nearly 15 years, that I've been blaming myself and living with shame. Now, I'm learning to recognize the dysfunction and depression that have been holding me back and find new ways of responding to all of that so I can enjoy life and my family while helping others do the same. Forever grateful, Dianne

7 Kimberly116

Client Served

Rating: 5

HOPE~ Life provides many stepping stones for our hearts to heal in creating the path of the journey to recovery we all may take. Every now and then, you have the opportunity to cross a bridge. I attended Healing Warrior Hearts/MST Weekend Sep 11-13, 2015. For the first time I was able to learn how to not simply cross a bridge, but to build it, strengthen it, and trust in the positive energy and support of the participants and staff who built it with me -- knowing I will never again need to feel alone on my journey. Thank you for welcoming me home, allowing my warrior heart to know healing, leaving me with more than possibilities, yet with an everlasting HOPE~

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ANYONE WHOSE HEART IS BROKEN DUE TO ANY WAR A MUST TO EXPERIENCE YOU WONT REGRET IT

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4 Coutney A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

awesome group, everyone should do it..five stars. two thumbs up. I a veteran I attended in July and walked away feeling brand new. A renewed spirit, a new outlook in life, with high positive emotion. I had a small "brush Plane' accident the following sunday in the mountain of Idaho, however I was able to walk away feeling untouchable and this i contribute to the group spirit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I challenge every vet that suffers from PTSD, depression, anxiety, or MST to attend one of there programs. I flew out from California to Wisconsin and I tell you it was worth it. You owe it to yourself and your family to get the help you deserve. I promise you won't regret it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization! Something that every veteran affected by PTSD should experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Patricia Clason and company are outdoing themselves once again with their Healing Warrior Hearts program ! They are doing things for vets that allow the vets to come all the way home and reintegrate in new and healthy ways. Please support them again this year as their mission is bold and powerful!

pattersoncalvin62

Client Served

Rating: 5

What"" A real Good Time we Had There God really Blessed us All with His Presents and All the healing God is so Good Ive Learned How To really Thank for For What I have becouse He Is Great In Every Way. And Thank Texas For Heroes For all They have done for me Be Blessed Always.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2 Jon_24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.