Calm Waters Sept. 2020 Newsletter
Calm Waters News
Announcement: Calm Waters is Moving Locations!
We are Moving to Midtown This November
After years of planning, consideration, and support from the Calm Waters board, we are moving the Calm Waters Center to a new location at 501 N. Walker near Midtown in Oklahoma City providing us nearly 1,000 more square feet to offer additional families the opportunity to heal from their loss Moving now makes sense for the following reasons:

The need for our services is growing at a rapid pace, with more and more families desperate to attend our support groups. In fact, last year alone, we served 25% more individuals! In order to meet this demand, it is imperative we have more support group and child therapy rooms.

Our new building is near the heart of Oklahoma City and is accessible by every major highway. Based on a recent scattergram, which identified where our clients travel from, we recognized how important it is to be accessible to people coming from south Oklahoma City, to Edmond and as far as Yukon and Choctaw.

We’re excited to be launching new formal partnerships with sister agencies in the community, training partners on our grief theory curriculum and equipping them with the tools to provide Calm Waters support groups to their clients. The location of our new offices will open additional doors of opportunity to partner with other agencies near the Corridor of Hope and downtown, allowing us to reach even more children and families.
For more information or schedule a tour of the new location with Erin Engelke, Executive Director and Emily R. Tate, Development Director, call 405-841-4800 or email
Calm Waters is a Champion of Health!
Dr. Rodney L. Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health Award
Join us Today, Sept. 29 for Champions of Health! We are honored to announce that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma is honoring Calm Waters Center for Children and Families as the Dr. Rodney L. Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health, which includes a $15,000 grant to support Calm Waters programs.

Tune in to the virtual gala with keynote speaker Terry Bradshaw, football legend and actor, TODAY, Sept. 29, form 4 to 5 p.m. by clicking the button below.
Fighting Family Burnout During a Pandemic
81% of attendees report increased anxiety
ICYMI: Parenting Workshop on Demand
The COVID-19 pandemic has left families yearning for days of the past when children were able to safely attend school and other activities with their friends and in their communities. Gone are the days parents were able to focus on being parents without also being a teacher. This stress and loss of normalcy has created an environment where families are mourning their old roles, rituals, and routines.
The September 28 workshop, led by the Calm Waters program team, Heather Warfield, Ms, LMFT and Jordan Park, MS, LMFT-candidate covered healthy ways for parents and children to cope during drastic daily changes due to COVID-19 and three strategies to help children talk and process their emotions of grief.

“After months of togetherness at home, parents are beginning to feel overwhelmed and exhausted, struggling to take care of themselves and their children, especially now that kids are back to school,” said Heather Warfield, LMFT, Calm Waters’ Program Director. “Families are experiencing collective grief, mourning the loss of the routines they once had, and what they had expected for their child’s school year.”
Virtual Student Support Groups Begin October 12
Register Your Child Today.
Calm Waters’ FREE, 6-week Virtual Student Support Groups are open to any child, Pre-K to 12 who has experienced loss due to:

  1. Death
  2. Divorce
  3. Deportation
  4. Foster Care & Adoption
  5. Incarceration
  6. Military Deployment

Each support group or organized by availability and age. The continued goal of student support groups is to teach children coping skills that they will utilize for the rest of their lives.
Calm Waters Receives $2,500 First-Time Gift From Primrose School of NW OKC
The $25,00 gift was a result of Primrose’s August 8 Back to School Bash in Chisholm Creek and was made in memory of student Bristol Scholte.

A child’s environment outside of school absolutely affects their life inside their school,” said Sarah Albahadily, Primrose Franchise Owner. “Processing trauma at any age is important for children to succeed. We love the services Calm Waters offers and how they provide mental health services to children and their families.”

Primrose’s Back to School Bash, a ticketed, outdoor carnival-themed event included children’s activities and raffle and auction items, sponsored by Primrose parents and local businesses.

“Grief produces a series of emotions that can disturb daily functions, including the ability to learn in school,” said Erin Engelke, Executive Director at Calm Waters. “It’s important to develop healthy coping skills early on to aid children in being more productive and develop healthy relationships.”
Thank You Primrose!
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 |