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  

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I am amazed at the work that Other Options, Inc. provides for those living with HIV/AIDS. The volunteers are friendly and they make the clients feel at home. Other Options has gone out of their way to make the clients feel welcomed and that the have a safe haven.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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The Friends Food Pantry at Other Options is the only free food source in the 405 and 580 area codes for the HIV population in Oklahoma. The number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Oklahoma is growing significantly which continually places a burden on Other Options to enhance its’ funding sources. Other Options recognizes that this target population of children, youth, men, and women with HIV disease typically require a higher intake of proteins and complex carbohydrates as well as special formulas for babies and adults in trauma. This target population is unable to obtain this higher content food because of income restrictions and other pressing needs. Without Other Options these clients would not get the proper nutrition that they need to continue on!

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I have been with this organization from its inception in 1989.

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If I had to make changes to this organization I would have a kitchen built to be able to make hot meals for the home bound, bedfast clients.

 
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I have been involved with this agency as an employee for about a year and a half. I love it here! The works that are performed here everyday are like nowhere else. Other Options, Inc. has multiple programs to aid people living with (or affected by) HIV/AIDS. The biggest one being Friends Food Pantry - the only food pantry in the 405 and 580 area code specifically serving positive Oklahomans. This is a beautiful thing and if you really want to do something good for the community you should come in and volunteer sometime. We can always use the help. Especially now, during the holidays. We do a Thanksgiving dinner delivery and we make gift and toiletry baskets for Christmas. We are small but with the help of volunteers we are mighty.

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in my day to day work I see clients able to get their nutritional needs met daily.

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

give us more room to work. A kitchen to prepare a hot meal daily.

 
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