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Donate to the Marcelo Barreiro-Mersfelder fund

Marcelo Barreiro-Mersfelder was a loving son and brother, protective of others, kind and caring to all who knew him.


Marcelo was a child who endured hurt but was given guidance and encouragement at Family Service’s Big Yellow House and developed into a strong and capable adult.


Sadly, on August 9, 2018, Marcelo was killed in an industrial accident while working at a construction site.


In his memory, a fund was developed to support

the purchase of a new pair of shoes for children

in need for their first day of school.

He believed in helping others celebrate new beginnings.

To donate to Marcelo's fund 

                                                                                                                                Indicate Marcelo's fund in the invoice #

Family Service Welcomes Allison Katula

Family Service is pleased to announce the hiring of Allison Katula as their new Executive Director.  Allison joins Family Service after serving the Harwood Place Retirement Community as their Chief Operating Officer since 2006. 

The Executive Director role was open due to the retirement of Teri Terrill, who dedicated ten years to Family Service.  Under Teri’s leadership the organization experienced an expansion of services to those in need of mental health, prevention of family violence and school-based services.  This culminated in  more than doubling the hours of service and the staffing  levels increased  from 35 to 48. 

“We are thrilled that Allison has decided to share her talents with Family Service,” stated Jessica Daun, Board President.  “The Board is looking forward to leveraging Allison’s unique skillset to grow Family Service in a meaningful way for our community. Allison’s strong strategic management background, blended with day-to-day decision-making with a focus on personalized care for those in need, make her an ideal fit for Family Service.” 

 Allison will join Family Service on Friday, February 28. 

“I am honored for the opportunity to serve an organization with such a dynamic mission focus”, said Allison Katula.  “The demand for quality mental health services continues to grow and Family Service is committed to meeting that need for all people. Advocating for families that have experienced violence, coupled a dedication to prevention and education, make this organization unique. Waukesha County is truly fortunate to have Family Service. ” 

Share Your Heart

When you play the Canal Street Bingo game at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino now through Dec. 12, you're helping raise funds for area children's charities, giving them the gift of a promising future.  Half of each $3 or $7 Canal Street Bingo game purchased goes to the Heart of Canal Street fund, which totaled more than $1.1 million last year! Family Service is excited to be in the running to be a benefiting charity. Visit to learn more. 

Thank you to Waukesha State Bank Helping Hearts for their volunteer work at the Big Yellow House.  Their efforts are greatly appreciated! 

2017 Executive Summary

To learn about Family Service's accomplishments in 2017 please read our Executive Summary. 

Easter Baskets Abound! 


Thank you to Beth McKay and Sharyn Evers for there very gracious generosity in donating 60 Easter Baskets for the children served by Family Service. Their thoughtfulness is very appreciated! 

Lake Country Women's Club

Spotlight Charity Award


The Lake Country Women's Club recognized The C.A.R.E. Center with their Spotlight Charity award for 2017. Family Service is deeply appreciative of this recognition. Thank you for the financial support and the in kind gifts that were donated! 

In Grateful Appreciation!


On Friday, December 15th the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Heart of Canal Street held their drawing for the charities who were fortunate enough to have been picked for this year's proceeds. Over $1,000,000 was raised to share with the 30 charities.  Staff from Potawatomi Hotel & Casino presented the actual winnings to staff on December 22. 2017.

Faith Holley-Beal, Jeff Ellenbecker, Teri Terrill, Jim Tarantino and Edward Schaefer are present to receive the funds from First Federal Bank 

Thank you for the Steps!


Family Service is extremely grateful to Capri Senior Communities, First Federal Bank, the Greater Milwaukee foundation, Westbury Bank for their generous donations so that the front steps of the Big Yellow House, the home to Children's Place Counseling Clinic and The C.A.R.E. Center could be reconstructed.  In addition All Concrete Construction ad Badger Railing also offered discounted services for the project.  Your generosity for this project is appreciated! 


Heart of Canal of Street


Family Service has been randomly selected to participate in Potawatomi Heart of Canal Street program this year. Over 200 charities have applied to be selected for the Heart of Canal Street program. Twenty of this year’s charities were chosen through a random drawing and the other ten were selected as a signature charity by the program’s media partners. Thirty agencies will share in the fund-raising total which will be announced and distributed the week of December 18, 2017. The Heart of Canal Street program serves as the casino’s signature community program, which has helped enhance and improve the lives of children and their families in southeastern Wisconsin for more than 20 years. Since 1994, the program has provided nearly 17 million to over 580 area charities. The majority of funds are raised through the Canal Street bingo games.

Community Fun
On Saturday, December 10th Santa arrived at the Avenue Square mall in downtown Oconomowoc. Along with a Santa visit for each child, there were carriage rides, live music, food, hot chocolate and crafts. Family Service had a presence to spread the word about our services and throughout the day we made 400 ornaments and snow globes. That's a lot of glitter, fake snow, glue and fun!

Share Your Heart

Heart of Canal Street is Potawatomi Hotel & Casino's signature community program. Half of each $3 or $7 Canal Street Bingo game purchased goes to the Heart of Canal Street fund, which totaled more than $1 million last year and provided funding to children's charities in southeastern Wisconsin. Family Service is in the running to be a 2016 charity. Help give the gift of a promising future by playing now through Dec. 15. Visit

A Special Thank You to our Raise the Roof Donors!
Family Service is pleased to announce the Raise The Roof Campaign reached its $30,000 goal in December and will have the roof repairs completed by mid April (weather permitting).
Our heartfelt thanks to all our donors for saving this beautiful historic landmark where the journey to healing begins. Thank you!

Oconomowoc Farmer's Market

Staff of Family Service provided the opportunity for visitors to make felt pinecone ornaments at the January Farmer's Market in Oconomowoc. 

Prairie Professional Development Day

Family Service therapists Kiri Thompson, Marcia Lequesne and Chris Drosdick presented at Prairie Professional Development Day. 

Thank you to the Roundy's Foundation
The Roundy's Foundation has generously provided a grant to the programs of the Big Yellow House, Children's Place and The C.A.R.E. Center. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Thank you to the Threads United group from the United Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Waukesha for the beautiful hand made quilts donated to the children who use the services of the Big Yellow House, home to Children's Place and The C.A.R.E. Center. 

Many thanks to Union Pacific Foundation for their generous donation to Family Service for the programs located in the Big Yellow House, Children's Place and The C.A.R.E. Center.  Your support is greatly appreciated! Pictured from left to right are Welsey Lujan representing Union Pacific Foundation, FSW Executive Director Teri Terrill, City of Waukesha Major Shawn Reilly.

On June 18, 2015 Family Service honored the Ruby Family for their dedication to serving Waukesha County. Pictured from the back left is Jake Ruby, son-in-law Salar Seleh, front left Gay Alberts Ruby and daughter Dr. Jeannine Ruby.  Also honored was the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County.  Thank you to our MC Bunny Raasch-Hooten and guest speaker, Elizabeth Hudson, Director of the office of Children's Mental Health for the State of Wisconsin for speaking at the event. 

Congratulations to Laura Cherone who received the 2015 Woman of Distinction Award from the Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County.  The Women and Girls Fund had their 31st annual Women of Distinction Recognition and Fundraising Luncheon on May 5, 2015.  Laura is the Director of Program and Clinical Services and was recognized for her passion for helping others overcome obstacles through the clinical programs at Family Service. 

Congratulations to Detective Shelly Fisher of the City of Waukesha Police Department. Detective Fisher was honored by Family Service for her dedication to investigating child abuse cases.

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726 N. East Avenue 

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Children's Place Clinic 

Phone: 262.544.9622


The C.A.R.E. Center 

Phone: 262.522.3680 


175 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite H

Oconomowoc, WI 53066


Phone: 262.567.4455 



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