Other Options, Inc.

Rating: 4.67 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Food, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 3636 NW 51st St Oklahoma City OK 73112 USA

Mission: Other Options, Inc. Friends Food Pantry Mission Statement Our mission statement is focused on non-discriminating, compassionate care to those in need. The purpose of Other Options, Inc. is to provide food, resources, services, and education to at-risk individuals and families with a focus on those affected by HIV and AIDS. The primary program at Other Options is the Friends Food Pantry which provides nutrient dense food, nutrition formula, and toiletries to over 1,200 adults and children able to shop monthly. A delivery program for homebound and bedfast individuals/families that provides food baskets and easy to prepare meals is also in place at Other Options. Other Options, Inc 3636 NW 51st St OKC, OK 73112 405-605-8020 405-948-6531 fax Mary Arbuckle Director crspromo@coxinet.net www.otheroptionsokc.org
Geographic areas served: Other Options serves the 405-580 area code
Programs: Friends Food Pantry The primary program at Other Options is the Friends Food Pantry which provides nutrient dense food, nutrition formula, and toiletries to over 1,064 adults and children able to shop weekly. It is estimated that Other Options provides 21 meals(7 breakfast, 7 lunch, 7 dinners) per client number. These men, women, and children are living below the poverty level. At least one member of the family lives with HIV or AIDS. The Food pantry shoppers are pre-qualified by other agencies in the HIV and AIDS fields. The majority of our food is purchased with grant funds at a bulk rate from the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank. Hours of operation are Monday 4-6pm and Saturday 10am-Noon. Home Delivery Program A delivery program for homebound and bedfast individuals/families that provides food baskets and easy to prepare meals is also in place at Other Options. Currently, Other Options provides home deliveries to those individuals unable to shop at the Friends Food Pantry because their illness keeps them homebound. Without the ability to provide home deliveries and transportation to the Friends Food Pantry, many of these adults and children would go without proper food supplements. Home deliveries are made on Monday morning. Nutritional Supplement/Vitamin Program Other Options, clients can apply to receive a weekly supply of nutritional supplement at no cost, they must have a doctors referral to receive supplement. Other Options carries a variety: Ensure, Boost, Nutren, Jevity and Glucerna. Other Options, also keeps on hand prenatal vitamins and a complete vitamin. Other Options tries our best to meet their nutritional needs. The HOPWA Program The HOPWA Program was established by HUD to address the specific needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. HOPWA makes grants to local communities, States, and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low income persons medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families. Humanitarian Medication Program Other Options, Inc. an Oklahoma City-based AIDS organization joined Dr. Anderson’s need to provide donated medications to varies clinics. Other Options, Inc. acts as the channel for the Program in the US. Medications are sent to our office from many areas in the US and Canada. When the medications arrive they are carefully checked by health professionals, sorted, inventoried, packed and then shipped out to over 12 different countries. Donated medicine has played a vital role in the health of many individuals.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

At Other Option, I felt as welcome as the clients. The staff and other volunteers helped me to find opportunities to be useful and fulfilled in every task I was given. I really appreciated that I could work alone stocking shelves or working along side other volunteers on special projects or directly with clients. The flexibility suited me perfectly. Volunteers, staff and clients all made me if they were my second family.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Other Options dramatic growth from 49 clients to over 1,500 people.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

upgrade Other Options facilities.

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I have been affiliated with Other Options for more than 20 years as an advocate, supporter and volunteer. In the last two years I have become more involved and now serve on the board. I can't tell you how much gratitude I feel by helping in the small part that I do. This organization helps so many people with their food pantry and so many other services they provide, primarily for HIV & AIDS patients. Many people discriminate against these groups, but what people don't realize is that there are children and families that we help on a daily basis. Many people and families are affected by this disease. People tend to judge and they shouldn't.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Those we help feed through the food pantry are growing in numbers as the economy worsens. These are chronically ill people who depend on nutrition to help prevent other illnesses with their underlying disease. In the last year, we have increased our outreach and now provide Humanitarian Medication relief to EIGHT countries and we are expanding that list regularly

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Move it to their own location rather than seeing them have to use their monies on rent. The Exec. Director is working hard to raise money to make that possible and has made huge strides in at lease securing a hefty down-payment on a building.

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I have volunteered at Other Options for over three years. It is a wonderful organization that provides so much to our community. I am proud to be part of such a wonderful group.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the difference they have made in peoples lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them buy a bigger pantry to meet the growing needs of the clients.

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