About Us

Under His Umbrella of Love…

UMBRELLA MINISTRIES was founded in 1996, with the sole purpose of helping mothers through their grief of losing a child. Since its beginning Umbrella Ministries has offered comfort, hope and encouragement to hundreds of mothers across the United States, including Alaska and Canada.

Grieving the death of a child can be a painful and lonely struggle. Working through such anguish requires tremendous effort, patience, faith and hope. Umbrella Ministries assists bereaved mothers through this difficult period with support, encouragement and love. If you have experienced the loss of a child, you need not grieve alone — we understand and we’re here for you.

Our Founders

Daisy Catchings-Shader – Founder
Daisy serves as Chairman of Umbrella Ministries, a non-profit organization that reaches out to women who have experienced the loss of a child. Daisy’s life was forever changed when she and her husband, Dick, suffered the loss of their only child Danny who died suddenly with a heart attack. After coming to terms with her loss, her greatest desire was to help other moms through their loss. Daisy has served in Christian ministry for twenty-five years as Area and Regional Representative for Stonecroft Ministries, Christian Women’s Club Chairman and Bible teacher. She is an inspirational and motivational speaker at conferences throughout the United States. Daisy is an author and member of Christian Writer’s Guild. She currently serves on the Board of Women’s Ministries at Southwest Community Church

Donna Luke – Co-Founder
Donna is the Vice Chairman of Umbrella Ministries. Having a heart for the hurting, and her background in hospice enables her to reach out to others with sensitivity and love. Donna has served several years as Director of Women’s ministries in her local church and also as Events Coordinator for retreats and special events. She has a special place in her heart for each mom who has lost a child and works behind the scenes to help the Board of Umbrella Ministries accomplish their mission.

Please watch this short video from one of our recent Journey of the Heart Conferences to learn more about us:

Umbrella Ministries has no paid staff. Because of their own personal losses each of our wonderful Board members serves out of love for God and for each of the Moms who cross their paths. They are a dedicated group of incredible women and we thank God for each one of them and the hundreds of hours they give from their hearts.