Empowering parents of children with disabilities to re-enter and remain in the workforce.



Imagine being out of work...

jean hruska, Phd


“The Paul Van Handel Memorial Foundation helped our family this past summer by providing financial assistance to help with the care of our daughter with special needs. Joyce is wonderful to work with and so understanding. Thank you for all your help!”

– The Baker Family
​   Carlee, Age 4

Margaret Bartelt, MSW

Joyce luckow, bsn

The foundation of the Foundation

The Paul Van Handel Memorial Foundation was founded by Paul's three sisters in honor of their deceased brother.

Paul had a love for those in need, especially children with special needs. This foundation was created as a lasting testament to him and to keep his generosity alive.

  • Integrity
  • Passion
  • Community
  • Transparency
  • Sustainability

Our Mission is to raise the funds needed to supplement childcare costs and empower the parents of children with special needs to re-enter the workforce. 

Our Vision is we will make it possible for every parent of children with special needs living in Brown, Outagamie, Winnebago, and Calumet counties to be able to return to work.


Not because you can't find a job -- because you can't afford day care for your child with special needs. There are more than 20,000 children with special needs in the four county area (Brown, Outagamie, Winnebago and Calumet).

That equates to approximately 10,000 parents.

Many are trapped at home, unable to participate in the workforce, simply because they cannot afford the day care their child requires.

The Paul Van Handel Memorial Foundation helps these parents return to the workforce by helping them afford quality day care for their child with special needs.