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: 1 stars  

I'm writing on behalf of my brother. Don't get me wrong, the food bank is great for people that need help. But Mary Arbuckle is another thing. She cheated my brother out of $275.00 dollars. On a riding lawn mower that we just got out of repair shop before she bought it. She was suppose to pay him $500.00 .Well she sent him $175.00 and she said she had to have a tune up and what ever else. like I said we just got it out of the repair shop and had everything done on it . It cost him $175.00 to have every thing done on it. So he got nothing on a year old Troy built riding lawn mower. My brother is blind and crippled and has to have help walking. He is HIV positive, He just lost his partner of 31 years that is why he had to sell every thing he had, What he didn't sell he donated to the food bank .He had to move with me to Idaho cause he is blind and disabled. Since Roy died he couldn't be there by his self. Mary was real ignorant to him. when he got here. Bryan has a big heart and she took advantage of him. Now none of his friends write or call him because of her. Thanks for listening. Donna

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Donna, I/We did everything we could to help you and your brother out when Roy died. I/we were there every step of the way helping you and brother. For one I WAS NOT BUYING IT, to say that I ripped you off when he was going to leave the riding lawn mower since he could not sale it and I said I would try to help him with it and the first time someone came over to try it out it died and I had two mechanics look at it. They both said that it had a bad engine and it was worthless. I still sent you money to help out even though it did not work and I could not sale it. Keith, Donnie and a few others FROM OTHER OPTIONS spent days over your house helping with everything and never took a dime or charged you gas money. These guys busted their backs helping you both pack everything up, than loaded all of your items on the truck, I/we paid out of pocket for straps so that you did not have to leave your bed. All this was done because we cared and because the two of you were physically un-capable to load so for you to come after me personally after ALL WE DID! Mary Arbuckle

Donna, I/We did everything we could to help you and your brother out when Roy died. I/we were there every step of the way helping you and brother. For one I WAS NOT BUYING IT, to say that I ripped you off when he was going to leave the riding lawn mower since he could not sale it and I said I would try to help him with it and the first time someone came over to try it out it died and I had two mechanics look at it. They both said that it had a bad engine and it was worthless. I still sent you money to help out even though it did not work and I could not sale it. Keith, Donnie and a few others FROM OTHER OPTIONS spent days over your house helping with everything and never took a dime or charged you gas money. These guys busted their backs helping you both pack everything up, than loaded all of your items on the truck, I/we paid out of pocket for straps so that you did not have to leave your bed. All this was done because we cared and because the two of you were physically un-capable to load so for you to come after me personally after ALL WE DID! Mary Arbuckle

Donna, I/We did everything we could to help you and your brother out when Roy died. I/we were there every step of the way helping you and brother. For one I WAS NOT BUYING IT, to say that I ripped you off when he was going to leave the riding lawn mower since he could not sale it and I said I would try to help him with it and the first time someone came over to try it out it died and I had two mechanics look at it. They both said that it had a bad engine and it was worthless. I still sent you money to help out even though it did not work and I could not sale it. Keith, Donnie and a few others FROM OTHER OPTIONS spent days over your house helping with everything and never took a dime or charged you gas money. These guys busted their backs helping you both pack everything up, than loaded all of your items on the truck, I/we paid out of pocket for straps so that you did not have to leave your bed. All this was done because we cared and because the two of you were physically un-capable to load so for you to come after me personally after ALL WE DID! Mary Arbuckle

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Mary Arbuckle is an awesome giving cowgirl who knows that people need food and services more than a sermon. She knows that for service providers it is better to listen than preach. I've seen her do extraordinary things in terms of fundraising. Even people just passing through Oklahoma have benefited from her kindness. Other Options space is warm and inviting and people leave feeling good about themselves as opposed to some food pantries where one has to listen to some judgement as the price for accepting food. It is so much better to leave a food pantry feeling empowered because that promotes wellness and can be the jumpstart to improving one's life. As a horseperson, Mary Arbuckle has translated the ethic to human beings in that everybody deserves to be warm, dry and fed, especially in the Winter.

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