Calm Waters July 2020 Newsletter
Calm Waters News
Calm Waters Support Groups Begin August 17
with New COVID-19 Safety Precautions
Group Registration is Now Open!
We are looking forward to welcoming children, teens and adults back to the Calm Waters Center for Grief and Divorce support groups while providing the safest possible environment during the pandemic.

  • Masks will be required for all ages during group (being flexible with children). Masks for all ages will be provided upon request.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in each room and required upon entry to the building.
  • All rooms and materials will be cleaned and sanitized after each use.

We encourage early registration for support groups so we can begin assigning each family to their preferred group and meeting schedule.

  • August 16 - November 16 : In-person Grief and Divorce Support Groups begin meeting the week of August 17 and continue meeting every-other week on alternating weeks through the week of November 16.
  • November 16: Children's support groups end the week of November 16.
  • November 23 - December 18: Adult support groups will shift to virtual meetings.

  • In order to uphold social distancing, all in-person support groups will be smaller and will have a more strict absence policy.
  • Adults will have an option to virtually join an in-person group via Zoom at any point.
Kendra Scott Gives Back | July 30 & 31
A Calm Waters Fundraiser
Tomorrow, July 30, 20% of all Kendra Scott sales will benefit Calm Waters at the OKC Classen Curve Kendra Scott store, open 10 a.m. to 5 pm. and online tomorrow and Friday until midnight, using code GIVEBACK8143 . Bring a friend and your masks to enjoy shopping for a cause!
August 25 Ripples of Hope Benefit Breakfast
is now a Virtual Event
About Ripples of Hope
A Calm Waters Fundraiser
Calm Waters will transition Ripples of Hope , the second annual benefit breakfast, into a Noon virtual event in response to Oklahoma’s rise of COVID-19 cases and a concern for event attendee safety.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, Ripples of Hope will feature keynote speaker Sara Sweet and her raw and powerful grief journey after the death of her father, who was one of the 168 people who perished in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building. Calm Waters was present during the bombing’s aftermath by providing support groups and grief services to hundreds of survivors, and their children and their families.

Calm Waters board emeritus Kay Goebel, Ph.D., will be honored at Ripples of Hope for her decades of service to Oklahoma City community and to the Calm Waters mission, to help children and families in their grief journey caused by death, divorce or other significant loss.
The ticket price is $35 and tiered sponsor benefits accommodate virtual recognition. Sponsors and individual ticket holders will be sent a virtual event link and password. Each virtual attendee has the freedom to watch and interact with the event at home, in their office, or gather a group of colleagues together to watch in a conference room over lunch.

All funds raised during the virtual iteration of Ripples of Hope will benefit the mental health of children, teens and adults who have experienced traumatic loss due to death or divorce.  For sponsorships and tickets, please visit or call 405-841-4800.
Announcing Kendra Barnes as Board Chair
and the 2020-2021 Board of Directors Roster
Meet Calm Waters' New Clinicians
Chiffon Anderson

“The mission of Calm Waters resonates with me because each person will inevitably experience death and loss at some point in their life. I have always had someone help me through my own grief journey and I want others to have someone who is compassionate and understanding to be there for them.”

Chiffon is currently seeing individual and family counseling clients at Calm Waters and she brings her compassion and empathy to each session.

Chiffon is a Carl Albert High School graduate and her bachelors degree from the University of Phoenix is in human services/management. She is currently in the counseling and psychology masters program of Southern Nazarene University and will graduate in 2021. Welcome to the Calm Waters team, Chiffon!
Jessica Askins

“In 2012 I lost both my maternal and paternal grandmothers to two different cancers. The period of grief that followed was so heavy. I was able to heal with prayer and friendships that held me accountable and allowed me a safe space to talk about my grief. Calm Waters’ story resonates with me in the fact that I wished that I had looked into therapy during my grief journey, it would have helped me tremendously.”

Jessica is a Edmond Santa Fe High School graduate and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma is in family life education with a distinction in marriage and a minor in human environmental science. She will receive her master’s degree in 2021 in marriage and family therapy. She hopes to learn and grow through her experiences at Calm Waters and is eager to serve the community. 

Jessica is currently accepting individual and family counseling clients at Calm Waters and has a heart for children and families grappling with the loss of a family member. Welcome to the Calm Waters team, Jessica!
Larissa Wilson

“Practicing as a therapist is not a one way street for me. By making this my life's work, I get to experience so many people's stories and learn from them as much as they hopefully will learn from me. Experiencing trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, and other hardships and intense feelings can feel isolating and overwhelming. Being a sounding board or comforting voice to those who are in the middle of something so lonely, is the least I can do."

Larissa is a Putnam City North high school graduate with a bachelors from Southern Nazarene University and is currently in the SNU counseling and psychology masters program and will graduate in December 2020.

She chose to intern and see clients at Calm Waters because, “therapy and/or group sessions can seem scary, unwanted, and confusing to children and teens. Calm Waters gives them a voice, an outlet, and room for growth in a place where they will never be judged for verbalizing negative and scary thoughts and emotions.” Welcome to the Calm Waters team, Larissa!
Planning Your Legacy| Calm Waters
We would be deeply honored if you would remember Calm Waters in your will. For more information, please email Erin Engelke, Calm Waters Executive Director.
Calm Waters Center for Children and Families | 405-841-4800 |