The Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless from Tulsa, OK Interview

 

Ranger Roofing of Oklahoma is a professional roofing company from Tulsa, Oklahoma, whose latest campaign is focused on raising the awareness about local non-profit and non-governmental organizations. Among many of them is The Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, from Tulsa, who provides critical services to the homeless giving them safe and healthy environment.

 

As we would be very glad to help them to promote their work, we took a short interview with their members to find out more about the organization. Read about their passion, motivations, hardest and the most fulfilling moments and find out if they have any upcoming events – maybe you could join and help somehow!

Introduction

 

To begin with, we would like you to briefly tell us about your organization

Our name doesn’t do us justice. The Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless is the only agency in town that provides critical services to Tulsa’s homeless 24 hours every day of the year. The Day Center is the front door for most of Tulsa’s homeless population, and it is always open. We do so much more than provide basic shelter from the elements day and night. Every day, we rehouse and provide support to help clients remain in housing. We prevent evictions that put families and individuals on the streets. We provide no cost medical attention, saving the city’s hospitals and emergency first responders millions of dollars every year and preventing the spread of disease in the community. We offer permanent supportive housing to break the cycle of chronic homelessness. Individuals seeking shelter are matched one on one with case managers to assess critical needs, often working with other Tulsa agencies to avoid service duplication. For over 25 years, the Day Center has stood in the gaps created by state funding cuts to social services.   The economic downturn of the last few years have stretched our resources as never before, but more cuts loom.

 

  1. What do you do exactly?

 

And what was the reason that encouraged you to start this organization?

The mission of the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless for the past 31 years is to provide a safe and healthy environment for people who are homeless and provide opportunities and encouragement for achieving self-sufficiency. In 2016, Tulsa’s Day Center provided services to 106,217 people.

  1. What motivates you?

 

Describe your mission passion

One of our most recent stories is of a young woman fleeing a violent relationship came to Tulsa and stayed with a family member.  The client’s violator contacted her family member so she was immediately put up in a motel for two days, all the family could afford. After her time was up in the motel client did not know where to go and she was told go to the Day Center, they will help you! After walking all night client arrived here and met with a case manager and they assisted her by locating a battered women shelter as she was uncomfortable being around men.  A shelter was located and the client was transported to there and is in a safe place and receiving medical treatment.

Although housing is the first priority, caseworkers also:

  • obtain basic documentation like birth certificates or social security cards so that clients can access benefits
  • provide support to be sure individuals stay housed
  • connect clients to basic health services, life skills training, job programs

  1. Tell us about your goals

 

Bring more awareness about who we are and what we do.

 

  1. What was the hardest/toughest moment you had to deal with?

 

Obstacles you faced when dealing with bureaucracy, permits, funding, etc. Something you would like to point out to anyone who might be starting their own organization.

Hearing that the state is now cutting 75 million dollars and knowing all the nonprofits like ours how it is going to make our jobs that much harder to house the homeless.

 

  1. What was the most fulfilling moment that happened to you?

 

Taking pictures of the family or individual getting housed!!  We average housing a person a day.  We see 106,217 people a year.  So definitely seeing people get housed!!  We envision a place of relief and hope for the homeless, and for those who do more than look the other way when they encounter them.  We hope homelessness will eventually be no more than a brief, temporary state.

 

  1. What separates you from the rest? Why you?

 

We are the ONLY day center for the homeless that is open 24/7, 365 days a year in Tulsa.  We offer FREE medical services with no appointment having to be made.

 

  1. Do you have any upcoming events in the forthcoming months?

 

Heart of Henry will be on February 10, 2018 at Southern Hills

  1. What is it that you love most about what you do?

 

Helping those in need!  Meeting with downtown business owners and explaining to them that downtown Tulsa would look a whole lot different if these 350 that are here in our building were out there on our streets!!

 

  1. What is the biggest challenge you’re faced with today?

 

Our building is 26 years old and with over 350 people coming in here day after day we are in desperate need of an upgrade!

 

  1. Anything else you would like to add?

 

Thank you for reaching out to us!  May I request that you and your team come for a tour??

 

Contact: How can people reach out to you?

Your organization’s name, phone, address, e-mail and links to your website and social media

Monica Martin, 415 West Archer St., mmartin@tulsadaycenter.org

 

 

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