Kami brings a depth of understanding and empathy for our kids and families, unlike any other board member. In 2016, her beloved husband, Major Benjamin Recla, died by suicide while serving at West Point. The family was devastated.
“I just picked a spot on the map,” says Kami, a North Dakota native, and she and her two young kids, Austin and Lauren, left New York bound for Raleigh, North Carolina.
After joining a church community, Kami learned about Hope Reins through a friend and immediately applied for 6-year-old Lauren, who was struggling. “She loves the outdoors and nature,” says Kami.
The Recla family also desperately needed an outlet to share their grief. “Hope Reins is a place where I feel comfortable sharing my story,” says Kami. “It’s OK, to not be OK.”
Allowing herself to be vulnerable with others was a gift Kami shared in the Texas Prison System before having kids. She worked for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program which provided life skills and business training to inmates before their release. Her proudest achievements were being one of the first non-felon employees and logging hundreds of hours behind bars.
As a board member, Kami champions the richness and quality of programming offered to kids and families. “When you’re in crisis 24/7, having a support system to lift that burden as much as possible, is a huge comfort.”
Not surprisingly, Kami’s favorite bible verse is 2 Corinthians 1:4, “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”