How We Help

The Lauri S. Bauer Foundation was established to give HELP, HEALING and HOPE to children and their families that have suffered a sudden loss or crisis. Our not-for profit, 501(c)(3) organization helps those in need of assistance through the physical and spiritual journey of recovery.

We set clear goals for our program partners to ensure that the funds we provide have a direct and measurable impact on the community. The Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center, based in Chicago, IL, was formed in 1976 and specializes in direct one to one treatment of children and adolescents who have suffered profound loss or other trauma. They also provide consultative and community education services to other professionals such as social workers and clergy. Barr-Harris has a roster of trained clinicians (who for the most part volunteer their time) that work in various locations across the city.

We have just opened the Lauri Bauer/Barr-Harris Grief Center in Deerfield, IL. We have on-site therapists who will provide grief support to children to help them overcome the emotional trauma of losing a parent or loved one through death, divorce or abandonment. In addition, we provide training and consultation about childhood grief to those working directly with children or on their behalf. We are opening a new location, the Lauri Bauer/Barr-Harris Grief Center in Evanston, IL on April 1st.

Willow House, based in Riverwoods, IL, is dedicated to bringing hope to bereaved children and their families through peer support groups. Their services are free and of unlimited duration leaving the families to decide what they need. Willow House exists solely based on the generosity of the community.

Our committment to Willow House will allow them to enhance their School Outreach Program by preparing school staff in advance of a tragic circumstance. In doing so, the staff is better prepared to respond to the emotional needs of grieving students. In addition, our partnership will support Willow House in meeting the needs of communities coping with death and provide a variety of supportive educational services including Crisis intervention and consultation and Staff in-services and training.

Our first program with the Social Service Staff of School Districts 96, 102 and 103 was held on October 21st and was attended by over 50 staff members. On November 4th, over 150 teachers participated in the “Lunch and Learn” at Stevenson High School that we hosted.

We are committed to helping children and their families grieve and heal after a sudden loss. Did you know that:

More than 4 million children in the United States, or more than 6%, experience the death of a parent before the age of 18?
77% of children and youth, over 56 million, live in families that have experienced death, divorce, separation or abandonment?
Children who experience sudden loss and grief are at an increased risk for mental health problems, suicide, drug abuse and criminal behavior?

Our aim is to help others, give them the tools to heal and watch them find hope after experiencing a sudden loss.

for Help, for Healing, for Hope