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Important Update


MargaretAnn's Place Closing after 15 Years of Service

MargaretAnn’s Place, Wisconsin’s Center of Hope for Grieving Children, will end services and dissolve as an agency.  Services will end as of March 25, 2014, and the organization will fully close at the end of its fiscal year in June 2014.

It is with heavy hearts, after much discernment, that the Governance Board has come to this decision due to a long-ranging lack of sustainable funding.  MargaretAnn’s Place staff, volunteers, supporters and board have dedicated themselves over the last 15 years to serving our mission and helping to heal the hearts of as many grieving children as possible.

In Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, MargaretAnn's Place has provided free community based peer support and education groups, school grief programs, and Camp Erin (an overnight bereavement camp in partnership with The Moyer Foundation) to children, teens, and their families who are grieving the death of someone close to them.  According to The Moyer Foundation, a new partner organization will be selected to resume Camp Erin to serve families in the Milwaukee area.  For more information, contact

MargaretAnn’s Place (MAP) is currently working through conversations with similar missioned agencies in the area to explore their expansion into the markets MAP has served since our founding by Debra Smith-Andersen in 1998.

For more information and updates on this transition, please continue to visit our website and Facebook page or email us at

Our upcoming fundraiser gala in Kenosha, scheduled for March 29th, is being cancelled.

The Board would like to extend our most sincere thank you to all who have supported MargaretAnn’s Place through the years – you allowed our agency to make a positive impact in thousands of children’s lives over the years and truly succeed in our mission.


MargaretAnn’s Place Governance Board

Laura Caputo, President

Bob Moore, Treasurer

Tony Dunn, Secretary

Dan Moen, past president

Kendall Crook

Facebook: MargaretAnn's Place - Wisconsin's Center of Hope for Grieving Children


Transition of Services


Please contact the following agencies if you are in need of peer support groups

Kyle's Korner


7106 W. North Ave.

Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Kyle's Korner Logo

My Good Mourning Place


4005 W. Oklahoma Ave.

Milwaukee, WI 53215



Or visit the following websites for online resources:

MargaretAnn's Place - Resrouces

National Alliance for Grieving Children - Resources


Thank You

The Board of Directors, Staff, and Founder, Deb Smith-Andersen, would like to sincerely thank all who have supported, donated to, volunteered for or participated with MargaretAnn's Place over the last 15 years.  We've served thousands of children and truly succeeded in our mission.

Thank You