I am a pastor who is constantly looking for resources to be able to help the folks who come to us homeless, penniless and friendless. I know that an easy fix is not what they need. So I confidently steer them to the Day Center where I know they'll be guided into paths of long-term self-sufficiency. Thanks to Sandra, the Board, and the entire crew of the Day Center for stretching their own resources to make a huge difference for the people of northeastern Oklahoma.
Many years ago I had a young daughter that volunteerd at the Day Center as part of school community service hours. I thought she would come back wide eyed and crying but she came back with a bigger heart and greater compassion for the homeless. In fact she went back on many occations to volunteer when she didn't need to and inspired me to begin donating to this wonderful and most necessary facility on a regular basis. Some years later I had family members that needed the services of Day Center and am proud to say they are fully back on their feet. Now Brent and I do the yearly summertime Home Run for the Homeless and we get to sit in the air conditioned booth and make fun of the celebrities down on the HOT field. Just one more reason The Day Center for the Homeless ROCKS!!
I have volunteered at the Day Center in various capacities for the last 14 years. I could write for pages praising for this non-profit and it's staff. In the interests of brevity, there are two things which impress me most. First is how the clients are treated by the staff. I have seen the Director on numerous occasions interacting with both clients and significant donors. Both of these groups are treated alike, that is, with the same dignity and respect to which all people are entitled. I believe that our clients truly know that they are cared for and that people sincerely care about them. Secondly, I admire the way that the Day Center is constantly trying to offer more services and opportunities to place people in a position where they can become self-sufficient The Day Center is truly responsible for changing the lives of many of its clients immeasurably. It is an honor to try an assist the organization and further its goals in any way I can.
I have had the honor of generating publicity for the Homerun for the Homeless since the event started three years ago. Every year, I have been so moved by the passion of the Day Center to help its clients as well as the support the event receives from local media and attendees. Even in the extreme heat, media personalitities get out and play in this celebrity softball tournament, and it has been a great way for the Day Center to continue to raise awareness of its organization.
Bravo to the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless! I had the opportunity to visit the Day Center in advance of their "Homerun for the Homeless" charity baseball game and was blown away. That day happened to be one of the hottest of the summer, and so many people were seeking relief from the heat at the day center. The staff was welcoming not only to me, but to the many who really needed them. I was honored to be part of an event to help them raise money. The charity baseball game is a first class event! I've had the honor of emceeing it for the last 3 years and have seen it grow bigger and better each year. It is so popular there are even media personalities vying to play in the game. Without a doubt a great event, and the Daycenter is a GREAT non-profit! Julie Chin, 2NEWS Meteorologist
They make an effort to accomodate a variety of clients. I have volunteered there to prepare and serve a meal - they are very easy to work with!