Being There Reaching Out


Honorary Board Members


Tom Miller
Founder: Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial Project
Neillsville WI
Whippany New Jersey

Mike Reagan
Founder: Fallen Heroes Project
Edmonds WA
Safe House Restaurant

720 Front Street
Milwaukee WI


         A big thank you

       to our annual donors:   

Valley Kids Foundation Appleton

  VVA Chapter 224 Green Bay

   Sheeley Service Milwaukee


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We are proud to announce that we have donated over $13,000 to the Fisher House to be built in WI.



Always there for us and our biggest supporter:


A very special group that cares about the Children of our Fallen.


Whose mission is to remember, honor and assist the wounded, ill, injured and dying of our Armed Forces from all wars.


Stepping Stone Farms

Equine Assisted Therapies

(Especially for our Veterans)

1439 92nd Street

Franksville WI 53126 

Lia Sader: Exec Director




     A big "Thank you" to  the wonderful and generous staff at

Sheeley Service Inc.

Owner: John Sheeley (Veteran)

Office Manager: Barb Jozwicki

1345 N. 74th Street

Wauwatosa WI 53213

There when we need them to help with our Walk for our Fallen!




Scroll to the bottom of this page for photos!

16th BTRO Family Retreat

April 3rd-5th, 2020

Best Western Primer Waterfront Hotel

Oshkosh WI

Info being emailed.

If I don't have your email address please send it to me at:



Dear Families,

Our “Walk for our Fallen” will be held in Two Rivers this year.

Mark your calendars…August 24th.  10AM-2PM.

Jaycee Shelter Pavilion Neshotah Park: 2111 Pierce

We’re very excited. The “Walk” will take us along Lake Michigan

and thru Neshotah Park.

Come early and help us blow up balloons for our balloon lift-off in honor of our Heroes (bio-degradable balloons and string).

Lift-off will be at the lake during our Walk.

A BBQ will follow our Walk for our Allen. We will furnish the meat, salads, condiments, charcoal, buns, soda, water and eating utensils. There are picnic tables but you may want to bring a chair(s). There is parking at our pavilion.

We only ask that you bring yourselves and Family.

Please let me know if you (and how many others) will be joining us so we purchase enough meat, etc, Contact me at

Please do not respond on Face Book or here, I could miss it.

We have a small number of rooms reserved for Friday and Saturday nights at

the Lighthouse Inn 1515 Memorial Drive: (920) 793-4524


For those who join us on Friday night, we are going to try our hands at axe throwing:

Tapped on the Lakeshore

3114 Memorial Drive. Not as easy to do as you might think.

So, waiting to hear from you…hope you join us. RSVP me at with the number of Family members attending.    Judith

A big thank you to All American Windows and Doors
for their generous donation of $1000!
and The Kids Valley Foundation
for their donation of $3000!
And Vietnam Veterans of America Green Bay Chapter 224
for their donation of $3000!
We only survive because of donations like these.


Being There-Reaching Out Mission Statement

To assist the families of the Wisconsin men and women lost in, or due to our nation's wars. To be there for them emotionally, physically, and economically.  And to reach out to them by organizing primarily private gatherings which allow them to continue to heal through one-on-one communication and sharing with one another.


Up Coming Events in 2019

                                   Walk for our Fallen: August 24th, Two Rivers                                                    with a BBQ to follow

                                   Veterans Day Parade and Memorial Wall unveiling:

                                                               Nov 10th.              

Info will be sent to you for all events. Or talk to Judith.

 Email me with questions: 


                                    All American Window & Door Co
                                               February 16, 2019

The AAWD(All American Windows and Doors) Newsradio 620 WTMJ We Love Wisconsin Tour was absolutely amazing yesterday. We were at West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe and got to know Amy Lopaz, a board member for Being There-Reaching Out, Inc.. Amy's a wonderful, sweet person with a lot of passion for this organization. We are grateful for the opportunity to hear her story on-air of how she got involved with the organization, what they do for the fallen soldier's families and their upcoming events. I would highly recommend getting involved and participating. You will not be disappointed!!!


Being There Reaching Out: HONORED AS 2013 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT

New Award is Based on Positive Online Reviews

Milwaukee, WI, October 23rd, 2013 and November 2018, Being there-Reaching Out announced that it has been honored with a prestigious 2013/2018 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2013/2018 Nonprofit,” says Judith Singer, Founder of Being There-Reaching Out.    We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including working with Hometown Heroes to get the Children of our Fallen to Summer Camp, having our 8th Annual Weekend Retreat for the Families of our Fallen Military, and having our 6th Annual Walk for our Fallen Military at Woods National Cemetery in Milwaukee.  

The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Being There-Reaching Out received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit. 

 While the Top-Rated Awards run through the end of October, Being There-Reaching Out was part of the inaugural group to qualify for the year.

  “Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with Being There-Reaching Out have voted that the organization is making a real difference.” Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that this is a credible organization.  The reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-the-ground results of this nonprofit.  This award is a form of recognition by the community.

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Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013
Heroes of the Week: Being There-Reach Out Volunteers
Founded in 2004 by Judith Singer, Being There-Reaching Out (BT-RO) is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit that financially, emotionally and physically assists families of Wisconsin men or women who were lost in or due to war (such as suicide). BT-RO brings together families to create connections and continue the healing process in comfortable, private and safe environments. The organization also holds a Walk for the Fallen every August on Milwaukee’s Veterans Affairs grounds, creates and decorates a float for Milwaukee’s Veteran’s Day Parade each year and hosts regular retreats throughout the state. All BT-RO programs are free of charge with the exception of hotel rooms (if needed), but no family is ever turned away and scholarships are always available. 

“Our volunteers are full time and the fundraising they do is the key to our organization. We have no corporate sponsors, so they come up with the money for everything we do,” Singer says. “The biggest healing is to be with other families. Participants say the BT-RO’s gatherings are like a shot in the arm that keeps them going until they meet up again. I just wish we would have been able to do this for vets of past wars. Ideally, I’d like to see programs like BT-RO become available in every state.”

Currently, the nonprofit is looking for volunteers to join the board of directors, help with fundraising and those with experience in grant writing. Additionally, BT-RO is seeking businesses that are willing to sponsor gathering places for retreats/events. Donations can be mailed to BT-RO at 3471 S. 17th Street Milwaukee WI 53213. For more information, visit or contact Singer at 414-988-6225 or



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Being There-Reaching Out is a 501c3 non-profit all volunteer organization, formed to support the Families in WI who have lost a loved one in war or due to having served in war. Donations can be sent to

Being There-Reaching Out

ATTN: Judith Singer

3471 S. 17th Street

Milwaukee WI 53215



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