• The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others
    DeAnn Hollis

Services

The School Counselor/Educator
Grief Training

This workshop is designed for Counselors and Educators to help children who are experiencing loss due to death, divorce, or other major family disruptions.

When: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 9:00am to 4:00pm

Where: Calm Waters Center for Children and Families
4334 NW Expressway, Suite 101
Oklahoma City, OK  73116

Cost: $100- includes the Calm Waters’ School-Based group curriculum

CEU’s: Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) for LPC’s and LMFT’s

Registration is due October 1st.

School Counselor/Educator Grief Training Registration Form

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Free Support Groups

Registration Form and Intake required to attend support groups.

Groups are for children, (ages 3-18 years) and their parents or caregivers.

For more information, please contact the Program Director  - Maribeth Govin at the Calm Waters office @ 405.841.4800. or email:  maribeth@calmwaters.org
Thank you!

Divorce

Divorce changes a family in many ways. It can be a confusing and painful process for parents and even more so for children. More than half of Oklahoma’s children will experience the divorce of their parents. When parents divorce, children often get caught-up in a quagmire of emotions. Shock, disbelief, fear, sadness, isolation and anger are all common feelings, but children may not understand or know how to handle them.

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Divorce Support Group Schedule
Calm Waters’ Divorce Support Groups are scheduled from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.
Families attend one night per week for eight weeks.

Calm Waters is currently taking registrations for the upcoming session.

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Divorce  Schedule

8 week sessions on Tuesdays:
Starting August 26, 2014; October 28, 2014; January 20, 2015; March 31, 2015

8 week sessions on Thursdays:
Starting August 28, 2014; October 30, 2014; January 22, 2015; April 2, 2015

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Grief  Schedule

Grief Sessions (Ongoing)

Calm Waters’ Grief Support Groups are scheduled from 6:30 – 7:30 pm on Monday evenings starting August 25, 2014 and January 26, 2015.

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Free Support Groups

Grief Support Groups (after a death)

Young Adult (Age 19-25) Grief Support Groups

Divorce Support Groups

School-based Grief Support Group

Parenting Through Divorce Seminars (court-approved)

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SCHOOL BASED GROUPS SET SAIL

Along with thousands of school-age children, Calm Waters Center for Children and Families is preparing to go back to school too. Last year, we provided free School-based Support Groups for 1,342 school-aged children in 72 schools throughout the metro area.

These children typically do not have access to grief support but are very much in need of it. By selecting “donate now”, you can help grieving children in your area that have family loss issues due to: death, divorce, foster care, deployment, deportation or incarceration of a parent.

In response to the tornado in Moore, we have expanded our services to include losses from community disasters. Please consider helping these children as they head back to school.

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Training Opportunities

School Counselor / Educator Grief Training –  Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Intern / Practicum Students and Volunteer Training- August 15-16, 2014 and January 9-10, 2015

Community Crisis Interventions

School / Community Disaster

Creating New Traditions Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Calm Water’s past events at link below:
Past Events

Donation

In the 22 years of serving children and families in the Oklahoma City area, Calm Waters Center for Children and Families has assisted more than 25,000 lives since our inception. Calm Waters is a nonprofit organization that provides free Center-based support groups for children and families whose lives have been affected by death or divorce. School-based groups provide a safe-haven for children facing family loss such as: deployment, deportation, incarceration of a parent as well as support for community disasters such as the recent May tornadoes.

Thank you for your wise investment in our mission. Your support helps to heal broken hearts of children grieving. Through our FREE support groups, children realize they are not alone in their grief journey. A ‘special thank you’ to the helping hands of people like you who positively change young lives forever.

“Sadness. Confusion. Anger. Loneliness.”
These are some of the feelings that I felt when my father died. I was ten. Although I had a supportive family and community, I did not know anyone else who had lost their father. I needed a place where I could share my feelings and emotions, a place focused on children’s grief.
Over 25 years later, I found Calm Waters for Children and Families, but this time as a board member and facilitator. As a volunteer facilitator, I have come to realize how important Calm Waters is or the entire family-an hour away from their everyday lives and pressures to share their feelings and frustrations with others experiencing similar difficulties. This hour begins the healing process for many families.

I am honored to serve as chairperson for Calm Waters. With your assistance, we can reach even more children and families and provide much needed support both in schools and at our Center. Please join me in helping Calm Waters, a small organization making a large difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families.

$25
Begins help for one child

$50
Begins help for two children

$100
Helps one child attend a School-based Support Group for six weeks

$200
Provides for one trained facilitator to conduct a six-week session

$500 – $1,000
Helps 5 to 10 children attend School-based Support Groups for six weeks

$2,500                                                                                                                                             Helps 25 children attend School-based Support Groups for six weeks

$5,000 or more
Helps 50 or more children attend School-based Support Groups for six weeks

Lisa Loosen Mullen
Board Chairperson
Calm Waters Center For Children and Families
You can donate at: www.calmwaters.org/donate/


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Calm Waters is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has seen great success due to the generosity of individuals, corporations and private foundations. If you would like to support our efforts to help grieving children, you may make your tax-deductible donation in three ways:

3 Ways to Donate to Calm Waters
1) Online
2) Visa, Master Card or Discover via telephone
3) Download form and mail

1) Click link below to pay online:

2) Visa, Mastercard or Discover

Calm Waters is happy to accept donations charged to your VISA, MasterCard or Discover using either our secure online donation form or by telephone.

3) Mail in your personal or corporate check to:

Calm Waters Center for Children and Families
4334 NW Expressway, Suite 101
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Download Calm Waters’ donation form here and include with your check:

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Below is a Worry Cloud, a picture of an activity that reflects messages kids like Madison write down as a group.  These are the kinds of things kids shouldn’t have to worry about- but they do.

Your gift of $25 will ensure that a child or other individual begins receiving help.  A gift of $100 enables a full circle of support.  We operate on a shoestring.  Our successes are obvious.  CAN YOU HELP?

MADISON, 8 years old, Edmond, Okla. wrote:
“Without my mom, everthing is different.  I miss the meals she cooked.  How she kissed me on the nose and snuggled with me.  I felt better going to Calm Waters and being around other kids who’d lost their mamas.  I wasn’t the only one.”

With your generosity, we’ll see the light of hope in the eyes of more and more children and families who urgently need our support!  Everyday we hear how much they appreciate your help.

Calm Waters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has seen great success due to the generosity of individuals, corporations and private foundations. If you would like to support our efforts to help grieving children you may use our secure online form, contact us  or donate items from our wish list.

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