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A New Home for Healing, the Calm Waters Relocation Campaign

Calm Waters Center for Children and Families

Award Date: January 13, 2021
Awarded: $15,000

Calm Waters provides free grief support groups to children and families in its Center. They also provide these services in schools throughout the Oklahoma City Metro area to students who have experienced loss. The curriculum is written in-house by licensed counselors, and groups are facilitated by contract facilitators or highly trained volunteers, many of whom are former Calm Waters clients. Every client is assessed at intake. While some families feel ready to share their grief with others in a support group setting, others are not. For clients who feel that their grief is too complex, their feelings are too confusing, and that their trauma is too overwhelming, intensive one-on-one or family counseling is also available. In 2020, Calm Waters served 5,948 Oklahomans – more than in any previous year – and the organization anticipates this increased demand for services will continue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new location will offer more space to meet the growing needs of the community, a more centralized location, and more opportunities for partnership with community organizations.