Since 1975, the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing has helped people in the Greater Washington area rebuild a sense of safety and hope after experiencing a loss, life-threatening illness, violence or other trauma. Nationally recognized for our expertise in grief, trauma and mental health, we provide an array of holistic services for children, teens, adults, families, and our local communities.
Through our office and community-based service sites across the area, and with a focus on the needs of the underserved, the Wendt Center is a unique and critical resource for thousands of children, adults and families each year. Services are provided on a sliding scale basis according to need, or free under grants for those who qualify. Many insurances accepted.
Individual and Group Therapy are at the heart of our work. Our programs range from providing support to adults grieving the loss of a loved one or facing life-threatening illness to highly specialized treatment for children and adults victimized by violence and suffering the consequences of trauma.
Child & Teen Services offers a holistic set of healing services for children and teens, including Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC, a free, annual, therapeutic grief camp, and our school-based Resilient Scholars program.
Crisis Response includes community healing events, education/training, and crisis response services.
Training for emerging/existing mental health and other professional service providers, locally and nationally.
Volunteers provide critical program, client and administrative support.
We help children, youth and adults rebuild their emotional lives after loss, illness, violence and trauma.
The Wendt Center is a not-for-profit organization that receives donations and grant support to sustain its services. 20% of our operating funds come from individual donations. The Wendt Center is recognized by the Catalogue of Philanthropy as one of the best charities in the Washington DC region. The Wendt Center gratefully receives support from the DC Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants, DC Department of Health, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and other private and family foundations.
Our Purpose & Values
We offer a pathway to healing.
We believe that healing from life’s worst moments is possible.
We express kindness to all. Caring and compassion are at the heart of all we do.
We practice collaboration and teamwork, recognizing that none of us can do it alone.
We strive to be lifelong learners, and actively seek opportunities to expand our personal professional knowledge.