Calm Waters brings hope and healing to veterans

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SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) – What would it be like to spend your days in combat, being alert for an attack at any time, then returning home trying to live in peace with yourself and those around you? The Soothing Waters are a place where veterans can find that peace.

CEO Krystal Lohff has seen firsthand the challenge of adjusting to life at home.

“My husband and I actually met when he came back from being an Army Ranger,” Lohff said.

While working as a therapist at the VA, Lohff helped address the unique mental health issues faced by veterans.

“The reintegration into the community, the return to the civilian world and what it is like to be back home with their families. Some of them struggle with PTSD symptoms, can’t sleep, are hyper-vigilant, struggle with addictions, homelessness, there’s a whole range of, you know, there’s a big continuum of struggles they might have,” Lohff said.

She saw a greater scope to help veterans, left the VA and formed the Healing Waters. Individual therapy is happening now, and there are bigger plans for the future.

“We’re going to have a housing unit, but we’re going to make it more military, something that’s really comfortable for them. So we’re going to have a food hall, we want to have a workshop where they can do more practical work and s “engage in more pro-social activities. We want to have a garden,” Lohff said.

Calming Waters Board Member Leah Kerasin shares a passion for helping veterans.

“There’s the village, and then there are several other aspects of the mobile capability to go out to veterans and help them with food and anything they might need,” Kerasin said.

If you are a veteran struggling with mental health issues, Calm Waters can help.

“I want you to know that it’s okay not to be well. I want you to know that there are people here who really care about you and want to see you succeed in life. There are a lot of things we can do to help you right now, but know that ultimately we will have additional resources to really help you succeed in life,” Lohff said.

Two fundraisers are planned to help with Still Waters expansion plans. A parking lot and raffle will be held on Saturday, June 4 at Interstate Sales on North Cliff, and a golf fundraiser on Thursday, June 16 at Elmwood Golf Course.

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