2016 Grant Recipients
Founded in 2014, the mission of Angel Gowns by Diane is to provide burial gowns for families who have suffered the loss of a baby before, during or shortly after birth at no cost. Their volunteers take wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and other formal wear to create special outfits that are then donated to funeral homes, hospice care facilities, hospitals and to families who reach out to them with a need – always free of charge. They serve 35 hospitals in addition to 21 funeral homes across Texas who call upon their services for families who wish to receive an Angel Gown. Since 2014, they have handmade and sent more than 6,000 gowns, wraps and bonnets and they strive to maintain a stock of 100 at all times.
Angel Gowns by Diane has certain operational needs to allow them to carry out their mission. One Wing Foundation will be funding two of their largest needs, which include 12 months of climate-controlled storage for the dresses and three months of shipping costs for requested gowns.
Baylor Health Care System Foundation is located at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, a Baylor Scott & White Health facility. Baylor Scott & White Health exists to serve all people by providing personalized health and wellness through exemplary care, education and research as a Christian ministry of healing.
One Wing Foundation's gift provided support to the Infant Burial Program which assists families who cannot otherwise afford an honorable burial for their infant; a Cuddle Cot in memory of Hudson John Schlieve, which is a cooling system for families of stillbirth or infant death that slows a deceased baby's condition from deteriorating, allowing a family to develop a special bond and spend every moment they can with their baby before saying goodbye; and funds to update amenities within the Labor & Delivery comfort care room which provides family members much-needed comforts and a private space to grieve the loss of an infant.
As a community 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Grief and Loss Center of North Texas offers hope, purpose and belonging to those who suffer loss. Located in Dallas at Wilshire Baptist Church, they strive to provide unconditional acceptance, compassion, understanding and confidentiality in a loving, nurturing environment for those enduring grief. G&LC provides both individual and group counseling specific to pregnancy and infant loss free of charge to those in need.
One Wing Foundation’s funds will support Grief & Loss Center of North Texas’ counseling programs and offerings specifically pertaining to family members of pregnancy and infant loss, allowing them to receive the grief healing needed without cost as a barrier.
Hope Mommies exists to bring the Hope of Christ to bereaved mothers and families experiencing pregnancy and infant loss. They do this through a robust online community where moms are free to grieve and be loved; a bi-annually offered online Bible study called Anchored, written by co-founder Erin Cushman; and an annual in-person retreat for moms to have community with others who have walked similar paths.
Hope Mommies has requested funding to help support their Hope Box program. We are honored to be able to support this, as it was something our founders both received as a meaningful gift to help the grief process. This initiative supports the Hope Mommies mission by giving a tangible gift that expresses love, provides Biblical truth, and invites bereaved women into a community of fellow Hope Moms. The boxes contain a Bible, a journal, devotion book specific to a grieving heart, information about Hope Mommies and other items of comfort such as tissues, tea, chapstick, a candle, bath ball, or lotion. These boxes are assembled by other Hope Moms or volunteers and then given to Labor & Delivery at various hospitals who will accept them, or they can be ordered on their website and sent as a special gift to a mother in need.
Our Children’s Blessing is a non-profit organization founded by a group of couples who all experienced the tragedy of losing a child with a mission to be a financial blessing during a family’s time of mourning with the loss of a child from the age of 20 weeks gestation, up to 1 year. Our Children’s Blessing was created to help provide support during a family’s time of need, both financially and emotionally. Their goal is to alleviate a small portion of that undue stress by blessing those in need with a financial gift towards the medical and/or funeral expenses of their choosing.
One Wing Foundation granted their request for funding to support their mission and goal. Our funds will help Our Children’s Blessing grant families of stillbirth and infant death in the Texas Panhandle area the monetary resources to cover portions of their medical bills and/or funeral expenses.
The Mary Claire Project (MCP) exists to expand awareness of and access to burial options for families grieving the loss of a child to miscarriage. The MCP believes that life deserves to be celebrated in all forms, therefore they provide families with low to no cost options for burial of their child, a place of remembrance. MCP assists families to self-advocate through the medical process to secure their child’s remains, provides wooden caskets for burial free of charge, partners with funeral homes that agree to offer their services free of charge or at a much reduced rate, purchases communal burial gardens in cemeteries, so as to provide families who lose a child before 24 weeks gestation a no-cost option for burial.
With One Wing Foundation’s grant, MCP will be able to commission 300 caskets built to meet the projected needs of their Texas expansion project for 2017.
The mission of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is to provide remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture. These priceless images serve as an important step in the healingrecovery for bereaved families by validating the existence of these precious babies by honoring their memory and legacy.
NILMDTS has a world-wide presence in several countries and throughout the United States, providing more than 35,000 complimentary portraits sessions since its inception in 2005 – 1,466 of them in Texas. One Wing Foundation’s funding is specific to their work in Texas as NILMDTS looks to do the following with its grant:
expand their presence by 50% in the DFW and greater Houston areas
to recruit and train the following new volunteer positions including dispatcher, volunteer recruiter, hospital liaison, trainer, team admin and event planner
Be able to conduct four recruiting events in each city
Utilize social media and social advertising for recruitment
Conduct NILMDTS referral training at five hospitals in each city
Hold a volunteer appreciation event for each city
This is the first grant NILMDTS has received specific to Texas initiatives.
For more than 30 years, the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants at Texas Health Dallas has been dedicated to caring for women and babies, delivering more than 120,000 babies since 1983.
One Wing Foundation has chosen to donate a Cuddle Cot to the hospital in memory of Olivia Lynn Aldredge. A Cuddle Cot is a specialized cooling system for families of stillbirth or infant death that slows a deceased baby's condition from deteriorating, allowing a family to develop a special bond and spend every moment they can with their baby before saying goodbye.
The William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital in Dallas strives to provide the highest level of care for all patients. Their team of medical professionals is dedicated to patient comfort and to achieving the best possible outcome for every condition and disease.
One Wing Foundation has chosen to donate a Cuddle Cot to the hospital in memory of Austin Putnam White. A Cuddle Cot is a specialized cooling system for families of stillbirth or infant death that slows a deceased baby's condition from deteriorating, allowing a family to develop a special bond and spend every moment they can with their baby before saying goodbye.