Calm Waters Board President’s grief journey now provides hope for others through the first Wall of Hope donation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 8, 2021

Media Contact: Emily Rothrock Tate
Phone: 405-605-9236
Email: emily@calmwaters.org

Calm Waters Board President’s grief journey now provides hope for others through

the first Wall of Hope donation

Kendra Barnes and her youngest son, Will Barnes, identify Will’s name on the Wall of Hope, located in the Calm Waters lobby at 501 N. Walker Ave, Suite 140, OKC, OK 73102.

Oklahoma City, OK, April 8 – Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, the only grief center in Central Oklahoma offering free grief support services to children and families, has revealed the Wall of Hope, a highly visible naming opportunity for individuals and organizations dedicated to supporting others in their grief journey caused by death, divorce or other significant loss. The Wall of Hope, located in the lobby, is the latest addition to Calm Waters Center for Children and Families new offices, located at 501 N. Walker, Suite 140, in Oklahoma City.

Calm Waters Board President, Kendra Barnes, and her two young sons donated to the new Wall of Hope in memory of her late brother, Dillon, who was only 1-year-old when he died, introducing Kendra to the finality of life at the tender age of six.

Kendra’s grief journey taught her the importance of family and to never take anyone for granted, and the names of her children were the first added to the Wall of Hope.

“My sons are able to see their names and know they are helping others,” Kendra said.

Kendra’s oldest son, Jack, interprets his mother’s volunteer service and monthly donations to Calm Waters as a way to help fix broken hearts. The Barnes family’s Wall of Hope donation will specifically fund 36 individual grief support sessions.

The Wall of Hope has only 60 available naming opportunities and each space can be secured with a $1,200 donation to Calm Waters. The Wall of Hope donation can also be funded with a 3-year commitment of $33.30 a month, or a 2-year commitment of $50 a month, or a 1-year donation of $100 a month.

“The Wall of Hope stemmed from the idea of it being not only a tool to help provide free grief support but to enforce the idea that behind each name on the wall is a person who stands with other our clients and donors in solidarity; offering encouragement, empathy and most of all, hope,” said Erin Engelke, Calm Waters’ Executive Director.

Individuals interested in adding their names or the names of someone they love to Calm Waters’ Wall of Hope should visit calmwaters.org.

About Calm Waters Center for Children and Families

Calm Waters Center for Children and Families provides FREE grief support services for children and families on their grief journey caused by death, divorce or other significant loss. Since beginning in 1992, Calm Waters has served more than 50,000 individuals across the Greater OKC Metro Area through their Center and School Support Groups. For more information about Calm Waters and their services, visit Calmwaters.org or call 405-841-4800. Calm Waters is a proud United Way of Central Oklahoma Partner Agency.

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