Calm Waters Reports First Ever Wait List for Divorce Support, Volunteers Needed


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Calm Waters Reports First-Ever Wait List for Divorce Support, Volunteers Needed

Oklahoma has fourth-highest national divorce rate, Calm Waters divorce support services in high demand.

 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, the only grief center in Central Oklahoma offering free grief support services to the entire family, has announced that for the first time in collective memory, there is a wait list for the Center’s Thursday night divorce support group.

Two children receiving grief support services give hugs to Murphy, Calm Waters’ in-house therapy dog.

To clear the wait list, five new volunteer group facilitators are needed to commit to serving children families two Thursdays a month, from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Oklahoma has the fourth-highest divorce rate in the nation, according to the 2017 American Community Survey, and 1 in 11 children in Oklahoma will experience the death of a parent or sibling by the time they graduate high school, according to a nationwide research study by Judy’s House,” said Erin Engelke, Calm Waters executive director. “Sadly, death and divorce touches each of us at some point in our lives, but volunteering with Calm Waters allows the community to give back and make a difference in the lives of our children and families who could use your help and support.”

To better provide training opportunities for those ready to serve children and families in grief, Calm Waters will begin offering group facilitation training, free of charge, on the second Friday of each month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Calm Waters Center, located at 4334 NW Expressway, Suite 101, Oklahoma City, beginning October 11.

Calm Waters relies on trained volunteer group facilitators to lead a grief or divorce support group of 3 to 14 adults or children, ages 3-18, while under theleadership of Calm Waters in-house clinicians. The group facilitator role counts toward many practicum hour and college volunteer requirements.

Calm Waters Executive Director, Erin Engelke and four volunteers pause for a photo during an event at Calm Waters Center.

Calm Waters group facilitator requirements include a 6-month commitment to an evening support group, a background check, two references, must be over 18, and have completed the free Calm Waters 14-hour Grief Theory training course.

To apply for the Calm Waters group facilitator role and register for training, visit

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 40,000 individuals across the Greater OKC Metro Area through their Center and School Support Groups. For more information about Calm Waters and their services, visit or call 405-841-4800. Calm Waters is a proud United Way of Central Oklahoma Partner Agency.