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

Re-Framing Resilience

Event on Wednesday, June 5, 2024 (Applications Due May, 10)

A picture is worth a thousand words and The United for Waukesha Resiliency Center invites you to share your Resilience story through the lens of a camera with professional photographers on June 5, 2024.

Photographs have the power to tell an entire story through the capture of just a moment in time, enabling us to communicate what words might not be able to convey. Both written stories and photos can be cathartic in helping people process their experiences, release & cope with their emotions and find hope and resilience. Stories can also help people feel less alone by forming a connection with others who have shared similar experiences.  Following a community trauma like the 2021 Waukesha Christmas Parade, we understand that healing from a trauma is not just healing from the event itself; it involves how you are able to learn about yourself, grow, and manage your life going forward. By blending storytelling with support, our objective is to motivate others in the community to acknowledge their stories and encourage seeking support. 

Interest Form

Goat Yoga & Mindfulness with Horses

June 1, 2024 1:30-3:30 pm

Spending time with animals and in nature can lower stress levels and improve mental well-being! Come for some giggles with friendly goats and peaceful moments with horses. Join the Resiliency Center at the HAWS Schallock Center for Animals on May 18 or June 1 from 1:30-3:30 pm for Goat Yoga led by our licensed trauma-informed yoga therapist followed by Mindfulness with Horses led by HAWS staff – all ages welcome for this free program.

Register Here

Nature Meditation

June 26, 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.

More information coming soon.

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

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!

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

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

Creative Connections 2024

Spring Series on Mondays 5:45-6:45pm

We are excited to partner again with Healing Harmonies to present Creative Connections, an art therapy group for children and youth affected by the 2021 Waukesha Christmas Parade. This group is designed to be an open studio-style experience where you are invited to explore, create and connect through art and community with experienced support staff available for deeper reflection as needed. Two groups are available: one for ages 5-10 and one for ages 11-14. These groups meet on alternating Mondays from 5:45-6:45 pm at UWRC. The group for ages 5-10 will start on January 22 and the group for ages 11-14 will start on January 29. All programming is free of charge. For more information about Healing Harmonies and their work, check out their website:

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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