Joanne and Brian Rapp – Family Trust
CALM has been a priority in our lives since I can remember - our children were babies when I first became involved! So, when Brian and I set up the family trust and our daughter asked "how can we kids best honor you?" we naturally asked that CALM be included in our legacy.
As a former board President, and twice serving two-terms in various roles, I have been very pleased with CALM's leadership and growth. Brian and I especially enjoy knowing that CALM is continuing to expand their trauma expertise to schools and pediatric clinics throughout Santa Barbara County among their many other valuable contributions to the community. Unlike many organizations, CALM has never veered from their original mission starting with founder, Claire Miles, setting up a phone in her dining room to serve as a lifeline for overwhelmed parents and caregivers.
Though my upbringing was stable, it humbles me to contemplate the fine line between a family who has coping skills and another who responds to adversity in ways that lead to trauma in the home. The threat is real for families and CALM is the difference between the potential for abuse and access to expert help when its needed most.
We have always wanted our passion for philanthropy to be a family affair and it warms our heart knowing our children are joining us in creating a legacy that will help make sure CALM is here for future generations.