#GivingTuesday 2015: Stories of Hope
The story of Willow House is truly a compilation of every individual, family, and community's story. Our hope is that in sharing these stories, we will reach more families in need and raise much needed funds to continue providing support services at no cost. #GivingTuesday serves as a day to kick off the giving season, when many make their holiday and end-of-year charitable gifts. Please donate or join us in sharing the Willow House story with your family and friends.
Before the age of 10 years old, he had lost both his father and sister...Tim Burks, a Willow House family member and volunteer, shares his story below:
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About Willow House
Willow House is a leader in the field of Children and Family Grief Services and the only such independent organization in the greater Chicago area.
It was founded in 1998 by a small group of hospice volunteers committed to making peer support services available to children, teens and families coping with grief.
The Willow House mission is to develop and provide supportive services for children, teens, and families coping with grief and the death of a loved one, as well as to support schools and communities coping with grief and death.
September 11th, 2015:
The beautiful Heroes of Freedom Memorial was dedicated this morning in Wauconda, Illinois. The moving ceremony included dedication and supportive statements from dignitaries and other guests, including Willow House 9.11 Survivors Group member, Lt. Colonel Ryan Yantis. Ryan spoke about his experience as a Pentagon survivor...
Ryan represented 9/11 survivors with authentic grace, humility and wisdom. Willow House and other 9/11 friends, family members, survivors and Willow House staff who attended were proud and felt well represented by Lt. Colonel Ryan Yantis.
ABC, CBS, Daily Herald and other media covered the event.
Link to story and video... http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20150911/news/150919697/
For more information, visit the website: http://heroesoffreedommemorial.org/
Our Sponsors and Donors
Join A Support Group
Groups are held in Arlington Heights, Chicago, Libertyville, and Riverwoods. Pre-registration is required. To register your family or receive more information regarding Willow House services, please call 847-236-9300 or submit an inquiry below:
“The most valuable thing I learned from Willow House group is that I am not alone and there is hope.”
How To Help
The foundation of Willow House services is the enormously dedicated Willow House team of volunteers. In fact, Willow House peer support group services would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers. Volunteers can help serve in a variety of ways. Click here to learn more about how you can help further the Willow House mission.
A Special Thank You
Emilio donated precious time and effort as a
photographer for Willow House events. Thank you!
Home Depot provided a Kids Workshop at the
7th Annual Walk to Remember & 5K Run for Hope! Photos here.
Shop and Support
As you begin making lists and checking them twice, consider making AmazonSmile your online source for purchases this season. The online retailer donates 0.5% of the price on eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charity of your choice—and Willow House is a partnering organization!.
Supporting Willow House has never been easier thanks to AmazonSmile! Simply log on to smile.amazon.com and select Willow House as the organization of your choice. Then, go ahead and get all of your online shopping done with ease. AmazonSmile offers the same products and prices as Amazon.com—just with a charitable return. Thank you for including Willow House in your online shopping this season!
For step by step instructions on how to designate Willow House as your charity on AmazonSmile, click here.
“I firmly believe that as we look back on the pivotal, early years of our loss, it will be through the efforts of Willow House that we were able to move forward, not afraid to look back, fully understanding and accepting our loss.” - Willow House Father