This time, it's the Salvation Army in need of a hand up.
It has outgrown its current downtown headquarters and is in desperate need of a new home.
One day Ronny and Barbara Deaton had a roof over their heads, the next, they were homeless.
“We inherited a granddaughter unexpectedly and we was living in senior housing and they wouldn't allow children there,” Barbara said.
Disabled, financially-strapped and desperate, the elderly couple found a temporary home at the Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma.
“We'd more and less be on the street, be living in a car,” Ronny said.
It’s a century of care dating back to the Oklahoma Land Run.
Today the Salvation Army continues to provide disaster relief and other critical social services to underserved families; everything from food, shelter and utility assistance to coats, fans and presents for children.
But now the organization is in need of its own hand up.
Salvation Army Director of Social Services Ashley Jones said, “We are at capacity. We do not have the ability to grow any of our programs.”
The staff must deal with cramped quarters in the gym and food pantry.
“This is not set up for a multi-purpose room,” Jones said. “We just make do with what we have.”
There are more problems in the shelter where, on average, five families are turned away each week because there's simply nowhere to put them.
Jones said, “It's very heart breaking when you have to turn a family away and know they might have to sleep in a car that night.”
For those fortunate enough to snag a bed, the rooms are hardly inviting; chairs are ragged and bedroom furniture is falling apart.
Here's the frustrating reality; the Salvation Army won't be able to accommodate our area's growth and demand without new facilities.
Not to mention there's already plans to demolish the current campus to make way for the city's Core to Shore expansion.
Join us in helping the Salvation Army realize its vision for the future.
- Text "hopeokc" to 41444 to donate $10.
- Make an online donation.
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