Spotlight on a WNPJ Member Group - Chrysalis

Join WNPJ group Chrysalis on Sunday, May 2nd in Madison for our 10th Annual Moving for Mental Health 5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk + WERQ Collective Movement. We're offering in-person and virtual opportunities to participate. Follow us on Facebook for a live stream of the events and to participate virtually!   And READ BELOW to find out more about the WNPJ member group, Chrysalis!


May 2nd Event Information 

Participate In-Person
9:30am: Race Material Pick-Up
10:00am: Race Start (5K or 1 Mile Run/Walk)
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Collective Movement Activity (details to come)

Participate Virtually
We'll be live streaming content all day, promoting movement and wellness. We invite you to join wherever you are and move in whatever way feels good to you.

Join now and participate in the Chrysalis (We're Still) Moving for Mental Health Facebook Group

Virtual Workouts

Mutual Support

Chrysalis Motivational Stories 

Healthy Meal Ideas 

And More! 

COVID-19 Safety Measures
Here's what we are doing to keep our community safe & well.

Capping participation at 100 people for the run/walk and 30 people for the collective movement activity to reduce traffic.

Asking all participants to practice social distancing and mask wearing (we'll have masks and hand sanitizer available).

Offering touch less race day materials pick-up.

We'll have great ventilation as we will be 100% outdoors.

We will not be gathering for communal snacks post race, but will be offering Chrysalis Pops to go!

We are really looking forward to building community both in-person and virtually to promote wellness and reduce stigma! 


Show Your Support with a T-Shirt:

Starting today you can order Moving for Mental Health and Chrysalis Pops shirts! We are teaming up with the apparel platform Bonfire for a 21-day fundraising campaign. Part of the proceeds from each item purchased goes directly to Chrysalis. Order yours today through May 3rd and they will be delivered 2 weeks after our event.





Spotlight on our WNPJ member group: Chrysalis



Chrysalis promotes mental health and substance use recovery in our community by supporting work opportunities that encourage hope, healing and wellness.


Chrysalis envisions a community where everyone belongs. A community that is free from stigma, rooted in racial and social justice. This community is one where:

  • wellness and recovery are possible
  • work, education, and purpose are recognized as integral to recovery
  • everyone has access to peer support and holistic, equitable mental health and substance use services, and
  • diverse lived experiences and strengths are celebrated

We Believe

  • Work is recovery. 
  • Recovery is a process. 
  • In person-centered services. 
  • Everyone deserves dignity. 
  • People are constantly growing and evolving. 
  • Everyone is a learner, everyone is a teacher. 
  • Systemic oppression of marginalized communities is real and it is our responsibility to create a more inclusive environment.

We Resolve to

  • Actively listen. 
  • Lift each other up. 
  • Reduce stigma. 
  • Promote trust in the workplace. 
  • Embrace conflict and grow from it. 
  • Have a staff that is representative of our community. 
  • Take action to support social justice in our work. 
  • Bring joy and celebration into this work.

Agency History

Chrysalis, Inc. has been serving the Madison community since 1980 as a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The founders wanted to avoid following a trend at the time, that was to provide mental health support in sheltered workshops. These founders believed that real-life experiences were more powerful and lasting than those consisting of isolated and confined interactions. Therefore, the Chrysalis Supported Employment and Vocational Peer Support Programs emerged and, to this day, Chrysalis focuses on providing community-based vocational support services.


Chrysalis is governed by a board of directors, has seventeen employees. Chrysalis has an operating budget of $1,250,000. Chrysalis provides vocational support services to over 250 Dane County residents with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Chrysalis is funded by Dane County Department of Human Services, the Wisconsin Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Community Shares of Wisconsin and community donors. 87% of all funds go directly to program-related costs.

Please visit our Donations page to learn more about our financial and in-kind donation needs.