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 the four day infant loss retreat weekends offered throughout 2019. 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 Bereaved 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 fund opportunities for staff bereavement training and peer mentor recruitment for the Peer Support Network to help more NICU families throughout Texas heal after the loss of an infant.
Holy Sews is mending hearts, one stitch at a time. They provide handmade infant burial clothing for families that experience the gestational loss of their baby during gestational weeks 16 - 25. These micro-preemie babies are much too small and fragile for other clothing available. They accomplish this by providing hospitals and funeral homes layettes for families to choose from, at no additional cost to them.
One Wing Foundation funds will be used for custom tunic fabric that allows them to create a consistent quality product. The funds will also help with the cost of the keepsake Teddy Bear included with each layette, likely the only belonging specifically meant for this baby. This special bear is a gift for the parents to help aid in the grief process.
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.
One Wing Foundation has funded 8 full scholarships offered to mothers of loss needing financial aid to attend either the Hope Mommies March or October annual retreat. Funds have also been allocated toward the Hope Mommies Care Team, covering costs of meals delivered to parents experiencing difficulty to provide emotionally, physically or financially for their families following the loss of a baby.
Mamie's Poppy Plates is a donation supported non-profit whose mission is to provide tangible mementos to families who suffer stillbirth or infant death. Their keepsake plates, given to affected families at no charge, are customized with the baby’s footprints, name and birth information. Mamie’s Poppy Plates exist not to fill the impossible void of loss but to serve as a timeless reminder of their baby’s brief yet profound life.
One Wing Foundation funds will be used to help bring Mamie's Poppy Plates to a South Texas Hospital as a physical item gifted to families after a stillbirth loss or passing of an infant shortly after birth. Our funds will cover the cost of memorial plates for one year.
Mary's Mantle, an outreach effort through St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Richardson, Texas, comforts grieving mothers who have experienced neonatal death of their baby.
One Wing Foundation's funds will provide financial assistance to families needing to lay a child/children to rest at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church Columbarium, free of charge. Funds will also provide for their 2019 Remembrance Mass which includes a retreat, speaker, and grief expression through art for grieving parents.
Mother's Enduring Neonatal Death, known as M.E.N.D., is a Christian non-profit organization that reaches out to familieswho have lost a baby to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. Headquartered in Dallas/Fort Worth, M.E.N.D. has grown to include chapters across the country offering a variety of monthly support groups, including an online group, bi-monthly newsletters, an active Facebook community to help connect grieving parents, and hosts annual Remembrance Ceremonies.
One Wing Foundation has funded the 2019 Flower Ministry, a program where M.E.N.D. sends a white rose on the anniversary of a baby's passing to their parents who have attended a support group or event.
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, for both Dallas-Forth Worth and Houston. Our funds have been granted to:
increase the number of actively engaged photographers in each city by 20%
increase the average number of sessions taken by each volunteer
conduct a minimum of 2 recruiting events in each city
conduct at least one Photography and Lighting Workshop in each city
utilize social media and social advertising for recruitment
conduct NILMDTS referral training at a minimum of three hospitals in each city
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.
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 an extended Camp Cullin retreat for two days and one night. These funds will help provide 48 siblings of grief the time they need to help process their emotions, surrounded by others who have experienced the same type of loss, while learning healing strategies at Camp Cullin 2019.
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.
Team Mercy supports siblings after loss by providing grief resources and funding for healing activities for the brothers and sisters on their grief journey, as well as remembering siblings together.
One Wing Foundation granted their request in support of family outreach and engagement through marketing materials for both English and Spanish speaking individuals. These materials will be distributed throughout Dallas/Fort Worth at hospitals, hospice care providers, and other health service providers.
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.