Our History

The Rainbows Story

Serving Children for over 40 Years

Rainbows for All Children began as a grassroots mission founded by Suzy Yehl Marta in 1983. Following her divorce, Suzy tried to locate a support group for her three sons, but none existed at that time. Together with the assistance of professionals in the mental health field, she developed a curriculum for children who have experienced loss which is still the foundation of the program today.

In 1983, three Chicago area private schools piloted the Rainbows curriculum. Over the next 30 years, this grassroots program expanded throughout the United States and into 16 countries, serving nearly three million youth.

In 2003, Suzy published her book, Healing the Hurt, Restoring the Hope, to assist parents and caregivers guide children through death, divorce and other trauma.

In 2013, at the age of 67, Suzy lost her fight with cancer, but her mission continues through the dedicated team at Rainbows for All Children, her family, friends and volunteers. Suzy said she would never stop until every grieving child had a voice. Rainbows for All Children is committed to ensuring her mission lives on with the same compassion and commitment.