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

I have been a board member for over two years now and am continually amazed at what this organization can generate in terms of benefits for the people who need them, and in the role of getting the community excited about helping. Cookie and Mary Arbuckle are pioneers for helping in this local community. My first experience with them, before becoming a board member was when I showed up to volunteer during 'Day without a Gay', an annual event to bring awareness to the fight for marriage equality. I decided to help that day, instead of hanging out at a bar drinking with the other gays. We arrived at Other Options Inc/Friends Food Pantry and were asked to help move and clear out stock items, as well as sort through donations for Christmas baskets. We finished early, and Mary Arbuckle called and found another charity in town that we could go and assist at. It was such a great experience that when I was asked to join the board I immediately knew it was an organization I wanted to be a part of. I'm very proud of what this organization's role is in the community, and to be part of it gives me far more than the help we are able to supply for those in need. This organization generates more than food, medications, clothing, gifts...it generates love and friendships within the community. And no matter how much money we have produced to fund feeding those in need we will always be very rich in life.

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

Through the various benefits, AIDS walks, Pride Parades, and other events, I've seen the once scarce account balance of OOI/FFP grow into something substantial that can now support more and more people in need. The numbers of people in need have been growing in this community, and this organization, even in national economic downturn, has been able to grow and supply to those growing numbers of people in need.

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

As a board member, any changes to the organization that need to be made, we try and make. It is a slow process. I would love to give the pantry a larger and more easily accessible facility.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

My partner

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

A new location to house the growing number of friends in need.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To make certain that no one in need is turned away.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I've been involved with Other Options Inc/Friends Food Pantry (OOI/FFP) over the past 4 yrs after retiring after 20 yrs from the USAF/military. With more free time in the evenings and weekends, I have been enlightened working with the many volunteers and board members of this organization and seeing the fruits of our labor in the grateful eyes & smiles of the clients as they shop at the food pantry on Sat/Mon or when we deliver the food on Mondays as well as during the Thanksgiving meal deliveries as well as when they pick up their Christmas toiletry & gift baskets. It's truly a blessing getting to witness the board members and volunteers within the community get together as a team and work the fundraising events just to see us be able to support OOI/FFP serve its mission. Getting to know and work with Cookie Arbuckle, who had the passion, heart and wherewithall to start this great organization in helping the clients, was truly an honor -- I hope to be able to help continue her legacy for many more years.

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

volunteering and as a board member in Fundraising events--helped organize, coordinate, create auction items, helped pickup, unload donated foodstuffs and good clothing/household items for clients, helped itemize, do up charitable donation receipts, participated and fully supported fundraising events and OOI/FFP Thanksgiving & Christmas events

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

love to see us able to help/assist in many other ways, like regular hot meals for our clients and bedfast/homebound clients. Expanding with a kitchen and/or just more floorspace for more donated household stuff/clothing/coats for our clients...

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I started at Other Options as a volunteer one year ago this month. As soon as I began I was immediately impressed with not only the services they provide but how the clients are treated as well. Mary Arbuckle (the director) knows everyone by name and knows their entire back story. I quickly joined the advisory committee and recently joined the board. I really do feel that we have a great group of people working together to try and help as many people in need as we possibly can. I was told when I first started that when you're volunteering, if you're not having fun you shouldn't do it. We manage to have a lot of fun and great interaction w/the clients while getting a lot of important work done.

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

my interactions with the clients.

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

It would be great to have the funds to build a kitchen when we are in our new building.

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