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With an estimated 1.2 million visitors every year, River Parks in Tulsa is Oklahoma’s most popular attraction! Since its founding, River Parks has changed the face of Tulsa's riverfront from miles of totally unimproved or industrialized land to one of Tulsa's most heavily-used and beloved public parks. River Parks has merged commercial interests, wildlife habitat, sports, recreation and entertainment uses with residential areas ranging from public housing to Tulsa's most prestigious neighborhoods. Keeping the 800 acres of parkland clean, maintained, safe and accessible are River Parks Authority’s biggest responsibilities. A 26-mile asphalt-surfaced pedestrian/biking trail system weaves through open lawns and playgrounds, past bronze wildlife sculptures and the seasonal color of native trees and wildflowers in a thriving urban river ecosystem. Tulsa citizens and visitors use the River Parks to walk, run, cycle, picnic, kayak and fish; to play disc golf, rugby and soccer; to enjoy its playgrounds and water features; to attend special events such as festivals and concerts; and to participate in competitive running and cycling events. To find trail maps, activities, event dates and to learn more about Tulsa’s River Parks visit http://www.riverparks.org/To support River Parks, donations can be made to the River Parks Foundation through the website.


 

South Central Industries (SCI) was established in Shawnee in 1981 to provide vocational training, employment opportunities and residential daily living services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Although SCI currently serves over 50 clients there are many individuals and their families who are still underserved or unserved all together. As of 2017 there were 7,609 developmentally challenged individuals on the Oklahoma waiting list for assistance. In Pottawatomie County there are over 175 handicapped and disabled individuals on the waiting list in need of housing, habilitation training and daily programming assistance. SCI would like to be able to accept more clients and place these individuals in vocations that will provide them with purpose, social outlets, a profitable paycheck, benefits including retirement and provide their families respite, resources and support. The year 2017 saw a dramatic cut in funding from the Department of Oklahoma for programs like SCI. Many disabled individuals were placed in jeopardy of losing their housing, jobs, medical providers and social networks. In order to continue serving current clients and to work toward meeting the need of the under and unserved population, SCI identified the need to diversify its funding sources. As a model social entrepreneur focused on meeting a social need through sustainable revenue streams, SCI’s goal is to expand its revenue producing ventures by marketing to a wider customer base with new product offerings which in addition to a healthier more secure bottom line will also mean more job opportunities for clients. SCI has already made an annual investment of over $72,000/annually in hiring a full time Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator and a Product Development/Customer Development Coordinator. These positions’ main job objectives are educating local and State private businesses about the benefits of SCI, expanding product lines, improving customer service, increasing community social awareness and enhancing SCI’s image through rebranding of logo, marketing materials, videos, messaging, website and creating a campus feel on the four city blocks that SCI occupies through external building repairs and coordinated paint facades. Having community support and understanding is paramount in continuing SCI’s work to raise awareness about developmental disabilities. SCI wants to change the adage, “Don’t stare that is rude," to “Look, Listen, Learn and Lend-a-hand." SCI wants to help break societal barriers that have caused isolation for many of our clients. Acquisition of a strategically placed warehouse (10,000 sq ft for $175,000 w/dock and heat & air) will also allow for product and customer growth and expansion of job opportunities and increased sustainability. Having community support and understanding is paramount in continuing SCI’s work to raise awareness about developmental disabilities. The Anderson Foundation from Austin, Texas, has recently issued a $40,000 matching grant to help toward this purchase.With your assistance and support, SCI will be a trendsetter in this industry as together we set the standard of possibilities for this demographic who seldom gets the recognition for their heroic achievements and desires to be just like you and me.

 

For more information about South Central Industries, South Central Group Homes, this matching grant project or the business opportunities South Central offers in order to sustain its mission, please contact:
Tina Hanna, Executive Director  |  405-275-3851  |  tina@southcentralind.com


By Communities Foundation of Oklahoma / December 27, 2017

 

This organization was created to assist families who upon the death of their loved one who has served our country, the opportunity to have full military honors when the family deems that the legislated two man flag fold is not enough.  We perform this mission with retired/disabled veterans from all branches of service who want another mission to be back in service dress uniform to render final honors, and pay it forward.

 

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By Communities Foundation of Oklahoma / November 29, 2017
Help Friends for Folks spread the power of "changing lives by helping others" with your gift to our Newman's Own Holiday Challenge.

A matching gift from Paul Newman's foundation is possible if you will help Friends for Folks raise $10,000 in this Challenge.

  • How does Friends for Folks spread the power of "changing lives by helping others?"
    Imagine you are a dog who has never known kindness, sitting in a shelter, knowing you will never be adopted and that your next stop is euthanasia. 
  • Imagine you are a prisoner who has never made a positive contribution to society, sitting in a correctional facility with no hope for your future. 
  • Imagine you are a veteran with PTSD, a frail elderly individual, or someone suffering mental health challenges, feeling isolated from society. 

Now, imagine a program that allows the power of helping others to positively change the lives of the dog, the prisoner, and the special needs individual. That program is Friends for Folks, a highly successful Oklahoma initiative that allows prisoners in our men's and women's correctional facilities to train abandoned and abused dogs as companion animals for special needs men and women. 




 

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By Communities Foundation of Oklahoma / November 17, 2017
Pets Helping People, founded in 2009, provides incarcerated women with the skills they need for a lucrative career in the pet industry. Women learn to become a certified kennel tech, bather/brusher, groomer or office manager. Since our founding, nearly 200 women have graduated and 93% are still working in the grooming industry. Graduates earn certificates through the International Professional Groomers Association to ensure they are qualified for jobs. Today, 93% of our graduates are still working in the grooming industry. Certified pet care workers can earn nearly $30,000 their first year alone, which only increases over time.

The self-sufficiency and pride that comes with employment makes a difference: The Oklahoma Department of Corrections reports the state recidivism rate for women is 13.3%, yet among our graduates, it is less than five percent! The Oklahoma Department of Corrections and Oklahoma Career Tech have publicly praised PHP as the "best program of its kind" because it is proving to reduce recidivism rates. PHP is helping end the inter-generational cycle of poverty and incarceration that has become all too common in Oklahoma.

Learn More: www.Muddy-Paws.org


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