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Starfish Foundation Inc

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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

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A friend introduced me to this incredible organization nearly a year ago and I am forever indebted to her and the organization! Patricia and other staff members helped me understand the depression and PTSD of the military sexual trauma I'd experienced and started the healing process I desperately needed.To continue my healing and help others do the same, I have volunteered for many of the program's supported by Patricia and the Starfish Foundation and find them to have impeccable integrity, compassion and a true gift for helping people deal with the toughest of situations with excellence and elegance!Because of my involvement with this organization, I am finding new joy every day and the courage to live life fully!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Rosie3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was originaly a "client" in 2010. The Starfishfoundation helped me grow tremedously as a person. I've come back, to give back myself on several occasions.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a Taking it Lightly retreat earlier this year with a Starfish Foundation scholarship. I was a single mother of two n between jobs at that time. I had just experienced a trauma that broke my heart and soul. I believe I may have died inside if not for the support and strength I received in that retreat. I came back to the feelings and lessons from the retreat as I went through PTSD therapy. I encourage anyone who needs their heart and soul healed to consider attending Taking it Lightly or one of the veteran programs. The starfish has become my new symbol of strength.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization was great it provided me the opportunity to be a participant in Healing Warrior Hearts. the experience is one that I will not forget I feel so much better and able to really start to enjoy life more than before. I wish more veterans can experience this great organization I also look forward to helping them in the future and volunteering to help other veterans find closure and their way home.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Although I have professional expertise in the field, I attended the seminar, funded by The Starfish Foundation, as a participant. I had stepped away from my more stressful (however higher paying careers) to focus on my healing. Thanks to the Starfish Foundation, i was able to really get a great foundation for myself to really begin healing as there just isn't enough time (during the 45 minute) thereapy sessions for me to get anywhere. Thank you!!!!!

3 cleffel

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you! is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the Center. I was desperate to find something that could help me in my healing process. I found the Center unlikely enough during a web search as I researched a new pediatrician (and past graduate) for my son. In Taking it Lightly, I found the space to safely express and recognize what was going on inside. It also opened my mind to new possibilities and a new community of folks who strive for similar safe spaces. No matter what life's challenges are...the road leads me back to the Center, either as a volunteer or donor & its programming options allow folks to grow no matter where we are in our journey.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a group of wonderfully kind and caring people. Because of the Starfish Foundation, I was able to get some much needed emotional healing through the Center of Creative Learning. I look forward to volunteering with them in the future so I can return the favor of the scholarship I received and also help others on their path to healing.

4 Wenona G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I remember it was my birthday and my friend highly recommended Taking It Lightly and the Starfish Foundation Inc. She sponsored me and encouraged me to apply for a scholarship so I could participate in Taking It Lightly course. So, I was happy to receive this special birthday gift. Because of the trauma I experienced in my life I was angry at my abusers. Taking It Lightly gave me the opportunity to voice my rage in a safe environment so that I could freely be myself. I received a lot of clarity during the group meditation afterwards. Going through this healing process allowed me to transform to my highest self and I had a vision of my future. I love the positive relationships between men and I have now. I feel like a whole and balanced woman.

5 Margaret39

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a psychotherapist who got involved with the organization in 1988. I feel that if I don't do my own healing, I can not be an effective therapist. So, I started my healing participating in Taking It Lightly where I was encouraged to feel and safely release pent up emotions that had been hidden away for years. Since then I have become more and more of my authentic self. And a much better therapist because of it. I constantly refer clients to Taking It Lightly and the other programs. I also stay involved by instructing weekends, volunteering and supporting in any way I can.
If anyone wants a life changing experience and is willing to go to any lengths to achieve peace and love in your life, connect with this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found the Starfish Foundation after attending a Taking it Lightly weekend. I left that weekend feeling so free. I was able to release so much anger over situations that I had been holding on to since I was very young. The staff was so supportive and I finally felt safe to confront and release these feelings and emotions that I had buried so deeply inside of me. There was no judgement, only love- I can not thank the staff enough for their support during this release!

3 AndrewRJones

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was invited to Milwaukee to participate in the Healing Warrior Hearts Program put on by Patricia Clason and the Starfish Foundation and I was highly impressed. Not knowing exactly what to expect from the program, I was skeptical when I arrived. I was greeted with love and open arms and I spent the weekend completing my journey home as a Marine Corps Combat Veteran of the war in Iraq. They have wonderful pure hearts and are focused on their mission to help others. I love the entire staff there.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first came upon this organization many years ago, when my life was in the lowest point and I help no help was available. They came into my life and offered me an opportunity to better myself and enjoy life. The Starfish Foundation showed me there was more to life than worry and pain. They have continued to support me as I have them. I continue to show my support by volunteering, being on the board and spreading the word...that there is someone out there that truely cares.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Starfish Foundation is a truly wonderful organization that supports individuals to do emotional healing working which is very powerful and life changing. It changed my life for the better! Many other people have benefitted as well! Thank you Starfish Foundation for the work that you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel that this foundation has had its ups and downs but always thinks about serving those who need the help 1st and foremost and truly care. I have been to 3 of the events and all were very moving spiritual and down right great I left with a feeling of release and have found new friends who if I need them they are there for me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The results from the weekend which the Starfish Foundation helped me get through are amazing. Everyone around can tell the complete 180 that my life has taken. Without the Starfish Foundation I would not be anywhere close to where I am today. I am truly blessed to have found them in my life to help me with issues that were causing life to be miserable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has provided me with the ability to love myself, be my self, and start to be proud of who I really am. I could never repay for the gifts have been given through the center. I have begun to trust, love my inner self and be a better person in the world. This organization has benefited me and the community in positive ways through allowing me to provide love rather than coping in negative ways.

2 purplemagic35

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen the results of the work that the Starfish foundation does for others and I can honestly say that this organization changes the world. They make it possible for military veterans, sexual abuse survivors, and others who have faced trauma in their lives to begin their healing process. It is because of this organization that hearts are healing and the world is a safer place. Bless all of you!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

at first i didn't think i deserved a spot but after all said and done it was a whole lot more n then some. i truely felt that i belonged there and it was meant to be. the men that were there also that weekend played a role in my life for some reasons yet to be discovered. life seems to be a big mystery and the people that cross our paths i believe that its for a reason. sometimes we see it and others we don't. those men and women really helped me take another hard look at who pat is and the man i am today, for that i am truly grateful. to other vets. give vjh a chance to work in your life. you never know how things are going to pan out. life has never went how i thought it would in my head. it wqas when i let other people in my life that my life had begun to get better. whats that tell you. thank you simper fi

1 Francois B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have resisted for a while to participate in this Journey Home Weekend. I served during the Persian Gulf War and did not realize how much I was hiding, repressing and denying from 23 years ago! It was a most powerful and enlightening weekend! I regret not having done it sooner. I will come back and staff and my goal is to bring this weekend to Dallas and have it 6 x a year. I would strongly recommend this weekend to anyone who has served, is serving and members of those women and men that have already sacrificed so much! Thank you to all the wonderful participants as we all had each other's backs and understood one another very well regardless of age difference. A huge blessing to the staff who held such a wonderful sacred space for all the particpants and made it that extra special! Thank you for your giveaway and its now time for me to step up and share the gift with other Vets that I received!