FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 26, 2020
Media Contact: Emily Rothrock Tate
To meet the demand for services, Calm Waters moves operations to Midtown
Oklahoma City, OK — Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, the only grief center in central Oklahoma offering free grief support services to children and families, is moving all operations to 501 North Walker, suite 140, Oklahoma City, beginning November 2, 2020.
Calm Waters served 5,948 Oklahomans last year, which is 25% more people served than in any previous year. Since the start of the pandemic, requests for Calm Waters’ mental health services have more than doubled and the nonprofit anticipates serving at least 6,500 children and families by summer 2021.
“Every program is growing, requests are at an all-time high, and our current building is hindering that growth, limiting the number of people we can serve and the number of support groups we can host,” said Erin Engelke, Executive Director of Calm Waters. “It is time for Calm Waters to find a new home, and we have found the perfect space – centrally located, near downtown and the medical corridor, with plenty of parking and room for us to grow.”
Calm Waters will occupy two suites at 501 North Walker Avenue, with 12 individual counseling and group therapy rooms, a welcoming waiting/entry area, and a large community room with a kitchen that can serve as both a program and event space. The location of Calm Waters’ new office will open additional doors of opportunity to launch new formal partnerships with sister agencies in the community near the Corridor of Hope and downtown, allowing each nonprofit to reach even more children and families.
“This new location and especially our new large renewal room will be great for Camp Courage next summer – we cannot wait to welcome artists and musicians and therapy pets to work with our courageous kids in this building,” said Kendra Barnes, Board President of Calm Waters. “Additionally, these rooms are much larger than our current program rooms, which will allow more participants to attend groups while still adhering to social-distancing protocols.”
To learn more about the Calm Waters relocation plan, please visit https://www.calmwaters.org/newhome/.
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.