Throughout the year, One Wing Foundation raises funds to distribute throughout Texas from a grant selection process. Below are our selected beneficiaries who were awarded funds for initiatives that provide the medical, physical and grief recovery of bereaved parents who have endured pregnancy and infant loss.
A Memory Grows is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that serves as an outreach to grieving parents, and as a resource to hospitals, clinics, hospice groups, churches and other nonprofit organizations. Their mission is to provide a space of healing and peace for parents who are grieving the death of their child. By bringing together those who have experienced a similar loss in a retreat setting, they honor and celebrate our children while making connections with others who truly understand the journey after pregnancy and infant loss.
With One Wing Foundation's support, A Memory Grows will be able to fully fund their two retreat opportunities offered to grieving parents: A Mother's Heart and A Gathering of Fathers. These funds will not only produce the retreats, but also allow scholarships to offer those with limited financial resources so that they may attend without the burden of expense.
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 will:
1. Provide support to the Infant Burial Program which provides support to families who do not have the financial capacity to make end of life arrangements for their infant. These funds will allow families to make those arrangements for their child with dignity, rather than having to release their child's remains to the city cemetery.
2. Fund the update with naming rights of a space 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.
Located in Houston, Bo's Place exists to enhance the lives of those who have experienced the death of a loved one. A non-profit, free-of-charge bereavement center, Bo’s Place offers multiple grief support services for adults, children and families, and provides education and resources for those who assist people in grief.
The grant received from One Wing Foundation will fund the Pregnancy Loss Grief Support Group. This is an 8-week program, with an average of 18-25 women who participate, with a specialized support through a comprehensive grief curriculum. The funding will allow for a therapeutic activities lead by a licensed mental health professional to help mothers cope with the feelings of grief and isolation that accompany the loss of their baby. Group activities include group discussion topics surrounding perinatal grief issues, book discussions, journaling, and decoration of quilt squares as part of a collective quilt displayed at Bo’s Place to memorialize the mothers’ memory of these babies.
This financial support will allow Bo’s Place to extend the program to Spanish-speaking mothers, a new initiative to launch in 2018. One Wing Foundation would be the primary support for this effort.
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’ programming initiatives specific to pregnancy and infant loss, including an annual Mother's Day Tea.
Located in Austin, Hand to Hold is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization who carefully matches seasoned parents of preemies (Helping Hands) with parents in need of support. These peer-to-peer relationships inspire hope and offer the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone who is uniquely familiar with the experience of preterm birth, life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a child born with special health care needs, loss of pregnancy and/or infant loss.
One Wing Foundation will help fund the recording of a six-part bereavement podcast series specific to families who have experienced the loss of an infant. This grief resource will be marketed to more than 140 hospitals throughout Texas. Bereavement resources and counseling can be difficult for families to access and receive the emotional care they need. Through this podcast series, families can obtain this needed grief resource from anywhere, at anytime.
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; and an annual in-person retreat for moms to have community with others who have walked similar paths.
Hope Mommies will receive 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. 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 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 mission of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS) 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 healing recovery 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 an additional 25% in the DFW and greater Houston areas, after already expanding by 50% from One Wing Foundation's funding in 2017
to recruit and train the following new volunteer positions including dispatcher, volunteer recruiter, hospital liaison, trainer, team admin and event planner
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
Scared Sidless is a non-profit organization that serves the pregnancy and infant loss community by providing creative grief initiatives, connecting bereaved families, and raising funds in honor to host Camp Cullin, our Retreat from Grief for siblings of loss and their families. Scared Sidless was created in order to support grieving families, unite siblings of loss, to promote and inspire healthy grieving and healing practices.
The grant from One Wing Foundation will fund the art and nature portion of Camp Cullin 2018. Camp Cullin is a "Retreat from Grief" for siblings of loss and their parents. Each July, grieving siblings meet at camp to participate in team building activities, healing techniques, art therapies. Most importantly, they connect with kids just like them, children living without their brother or sister. Our funds will provide the items for different activities and grief craft stations such as sand art, rock gardens, and walking sticks.
Located in Fort Worth, Texas, Shaken Baby Alliance was founded in 1998 by three mothers whose children were victims of Shaken Baby Syndrome and could find no resources or support. Shaken Baby Alliance’s mission is to provide support for victim families and professionals, prevention of child abuse, and justice for the innocent victims.
The grant from One Wing Foundation will fund the Victim Family Services Program, which includes:
A peer to peer program to provide emotional support after the passing of a baby at the hand of a caretaker.
Emergency Financial Funds: gift cards to help the family cover basic needs from the supermarket or convenience store, incidentals, gravestone or cremation (final arrangements needs), grief counseling, etc.
Case Consultation Services: to provide justice for families whose infant has died. May include costs of travel (hotel, meals, transportation), legal services, Shaken Baby Alliance staff to accompany them and help prepare the case, in addition to potential expert witness travel costs.
WILLIAM P. CLEMENTS JR. UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL AT UT SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER
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 will fund the Medical District Resolve Through Sharing program which will train medical professionals at Clements Hospital, Parkland Hospital and Children's Medical Center in special steps to take when a family receives the news that there isn't a heartbeat, there is a diagnosis in a pregnancy that can be fatal or will be in need of special care following birth.