Programs & Events

The United for Waukesha Resiliency Center is a program of NAMI Southeast WI, and we serve anyone affected by the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy. Our services include service navigation, support groups, virtual gatherings, community events, and more. All of our services are fully funded through grants, and we are able to connect you and your loved one to mental health support also provided at no-cost. Please complete an interest form for more information or connect with a Service Navigator by phone: 262-522-0243 or email: [email protected]

Individual or Family Therapy: Our Service Navigators assist you in finding the right treatment options and ensure it is provided at no cost to you or your family through our grant funding. Please complete an interest form if you would like to receive more information.

Interest Form

Nature Meditation

July 24, August 21, September 18, 2024.

We are welcoming back Ms. Sheila, our UWRC volunteer to lead Shinrin Yoku also known as Forest Bathing. Forest Bathing is the practice of immersing yourself in nature in a mindful way, using your senses to derive a whole range of benefits for your physical, mental, emotional, and social health. Sign up just once or come back every month!

Register Here


1,000 Words Gallery Night

July 18, 2024

Join the United for Waukesha Resiliency Center and our partner, Waukesha Civic Theater, for a unique gallery night featuring stories of resiliency, guest speakers, and community connection. Earlier this month, we collaborated with local photographers to offer free portrait sessions to families and groups impacted by the parade tragedy, allowing them to highlight their journeys of resilience. These portraits, along with their stories, will be displayed at the theatre, demonstrating that a photo can convey 1,000 words.

Join us for a Gallery Night on July 18th, 2024 between 5:00-8:00pm at the Waukesha Civic Theatre.

More Information Here


Kayak to Calm

August 1, 2024

Paddling as eco-therapy. Studies show that being near water is incredibly beneficial for mental health. When you add in the act of kayaking, your body is also releasing the feel-good chemicals of Serotonin, Endorphins, and Dopamine that help improve mood. You will learn basic kayaking safety, proper form, and technique, how to launch your kayak, and other various tips and tricks to be a safe and knowledgeable recreational kayaker. In addition, a licensed mental health therapist will join this adventure, enhancing the mind-body connection. This trauma-informed approach to Kayaking makes instruction safer and more accessible through intentional language. This course INCLUDES a kayak rental, 30 minutes of hands-on instruction, and 30 minutes of paddling. There will be time before and after paddling with the therapist to set intentions.

Register Here

Resilient Yoga – Taylor’s Version

August 1, 2024

Join the United for Waukesha Resiliency Center at the Waukesha YMCA on Thursday, August 1 for Resilient Yoga led by Leah, a certified yoga therapist. This class is geared towards teens/young adults, but all Swifties are welcome to join! Leah will lead 60 minutes of mindful movement while playing the best hits of T. Swift! Stay after class and enjoy making a friendship bracelet and share your love for all things Taylor.

Register Here

Kenny Mitchell & The Call for Backup

September 25th 2024, September 26th, 2024.

“As leaders, we must be proactive not reactive in supporting our team so that when mental health struggles rear their head our teams have the coping mechanisms in place to deal with them before they begin affecting their job and their family.” – K. Mitchell

First responders and their family members (ages 16+) are invited and encouraged to join us for this FREE event.

Registration opens soon.

Resilient Waukesha

September 26, 2024 Raised Grain Brewery

Save the Date! Join the United for Waukesha Resiliency Center at Raised Grain Brewery for our second annual community event, Resilient Waukesha.

More information coming soon!

Open Studio

Open Studio Series on Mondays 4:00 pm-5:00pm / 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join UWRC staff for a calming Art Open Studio every Monday from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. This group is open to youth ages 7-14 affected by the parade and will offer various art activities with social-emotional learning benefits as well as the opportunity to connect socially with other youth. This group can be available as an independent program or as an addition to Creative Connections: Musical Edition.

Register Here

Creative Connections Series: Musical Edition:

Weekly Program: Mondays 5:00 pm-5:45 pm

This group will meet weekly from 5:00-5:45 pm and be open to ages 7-14 years old (exceptions made as needed). The group would focus on building rapport and community support through music. This could look like playing instruments and making music together, listening to preferred music and discussing the themes, or self-expression through music and creative arts. 

Register Here

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Series

Summer Series with Waukesha Recreation

Join our trauma-informed yoga therapist, Leah, for free yoga classes that nourish the mind, body, and spirit in this partnership with City of Waukesha Recreation. Classes begin June 2024. See registration site for times and dates of each class.

Register Here

Art and Soul

Spring series on Tuesdays 5:00-7:00pm

Join Bloom and United for Waukesha Resiliency Center for Art & Soul, a fiber art-focused parade support group. Fiber art can offer therapeutic benefit as we explore texture and connection to our senses with materials such as fabric, yarn, string, ribbon, wool, and felt. The group meets on Tuesdays from 5-7 pm at the Resiliency Center. Materials will be provided, and these sessions are for adults 18+ years of age affected by the 2021 Waukesha Christmas Parade.

If you are new to the group, Register Here

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Peer Support – NAMI:

The NAMI Parent Peer Support Group is for parents and caregivers of individuals living with mental health conditions. This group is not related to the parade tragedy and anyone is welcome to sign up. The group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm at the NAMI Waukesha office: 2717 N. Grandview Blvd., Suite 205.

Email Denise at [email protected] or call 262-409-2743 to register.

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