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.

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City of Waukesha Resilient Yoga:

April 16, 2024 3:00-4:00 – City Hall Training Room

City of Waukesha Employees: A trauma-informed approach to yoga makes practice safer and more accessible through intentional language and movement. When we live through traumatic experiences, as our community has, it changes how we interact with the world. Our minds may adapt by disconnecting from our bodies or becoming hyper alert of what might happen in the future. A certified yoga therapist has received additional training around potential trauma triggers and will guide participants through a mindful practice.

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Cookie Decorating and Sweet Affirmations

April 17, 2024 5:30-6:30 – The Resiliency Center

Join Service Navigator, Vanessa, for a fun evening of community, connections, and sweet affirmations. Vanessa will lead a cookie decorating activity with a focus on self-expression, positive self-affirmations, and a fun engaging way to celebrate spring!

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Stars of Hope at Waukesha Public Library

April 22, 2024 12:00-1:00 pm – The Waukesha Public Library

Join our Resiliency Center Team at the Waukesha Public Library to create Stars of Hope as we honor Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Jen Dunn and Pepper from the Victim Witness Assistance Program will also join us for this drop-in event.

This event is open to the public and registration is not required.

The Call for Backup

May 6, 2024 1:00-4:00 – WCTC: AJN Building S

First responders and their family members (ages 16+) are invited and encouraged to join us for this FREE event. Dave Funkhouser, a veteran of 34 years of law enforcement in Wisconsin, uses a blend of personal experiences, humor, and real-life examples to connect with audiences and transform the way we approach mental health.

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Tarot for Mindfulness

May 15, 5:30-7:00

For hundreds of years, people have used symbols and artwork to tell their stories and make sense of their lives. Tarot can be a useful tool to support modern therapeutic concepts like mindfulness, self-compassion, and self-change. Join Mahalia for a relaxed workshop where we’ll learn some of the basics of tarot and how to use the wisdom of the cards to support your mental well-being! Wednesday, May 15, 5:30-7:00 at the Resiliency Center, all ages welcome.

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Goat Yoga & Mindfulness with Horses

May 18 & 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.

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Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

Spring 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. Trauma Yoga 1 is for beginners; Trauma Yoga 2 is for those who have already completed Part 1 and wish to dive deeper. Classes begin on February 28, 2024. See registration site for times and dates of each class.

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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:

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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

Re-Framing Resilience

Event on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

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. 

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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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