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(3/5/14) Hundreds of Winter Coats Available

With this weekend’s snowfall and more snow expected today, wintry weather is rearing its head and reviving the need for a warm winter coat. The Salvation Army has hundreds of winter coats available to keep Oklahoma County residents warm.

Thanks to the generous donations received from the Brad Edwards’ KFOR Warmth 4 Winter Program, our community, and our partners – South Oklahoma City Rotary, Chesapeake Energy, Legacy Cleaners, Boeing and Paycom – The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command has an abundance of coats, ready for distribution to help keep Oklahoma County residents in need warm.

“For anyone who needs a winter coat we have one for every size, shape and style. From youth to seniors, we have a coat for everyone that will be sure to keep you warm,” said Ashley Jones, Director of Social Services.

The Salvation Army’s Social Services office has relocated to 520 South Hudson (corner of Hudson & S.W. 5 th), Oklahoma City, OK 73109. All Oklahoman County residents are invited to pick up a coat:

Monday–Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 2  p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., adult clients who receive disability benefits and/or seniors 62 years of age and older

Basic eligibility rules for families and/or individuals to qualify for and receive coats from this program require:

  1. Picture ID – such as a Driver’s License,  H.NET ID card, State Issued ID, Governmental or Military ID, or Passport or ID from Country of Origin for ALL adult household members
  2. Proof of Residency such as a current utility bill, lease agreement or monthly mortgage statement

For individuals who are homeless, providing their H.NET ID card is sufficient.

(3/2/14) Warming Stations Open 24 Hours – COAC Offices Closed Monday

The Salvation Army Shelters in Oklahoma City and Norman are open and operating twenty-four hours. Our shelters will serve as warming centers and provide food and beds around the clock. The canteen is on standby to serve. Our shelters are located at:

  • 330 S.W. 4th, Oklahoma City, OK 73109
  • 318 E. Hayes, Norman, Oklahoma 73071

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Administrative Offices along with The Salvation Army Social Services Offices will be closed Monday due to the inclement weather.

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What Does ‘Be A Shield’ Mean? How Can I Be A Shield?

Will you be a shield

During Christmas, you saw individuals and community partners being called a ‘Shield.’ You may wonder what that means. Below, discover what it means to ‘Be a Shield’ and how you can be a Shield in our community.

Through the year, keep an eye out for stories about those who are a Shield in our community and stories about those Behind the Shield, the individuals and families who are helped by your generosity.

What Does it Mean to Be A Shield?

What does it mean to ‘Be a Shield’? Donating a financial gift? Volunteering one hour a week? Praying for our organization’s efforts?  Sharing the story of the many programs and services of The Salvation Army?

All of these are ways you can be a shield. By supporting The Salvation Army, you are being a shield for those in our community who need help in a crisis.

How Can I Be A Shield?

Some of the ways you can Be A Shield were briefly listed above but there are plenty more.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command includes the Red Shield Kitchen, Men’s and Family Shelters, Five Senior Centers, a Boys & Girls Club, Emergency Disaster Services, Social Services, Two Corps Church Centers and Adult Rehabilitation Center.

Each one of these programs offers an opportunity to support financially with a donation, physically by volunteering or spiritually by praying.

Where Do I Start?

Whether it is time, money or goods that you would like to donate, the steps to being a shield are easy.

Be a Shield Financially: If you would like to make a financial donation via our secure online donation system, please click the DONATE button in the top right-hand corner. If you would like to send a check, please mail it to:

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command
P.O. Box 2095
Oklahoma City, OK 73101

Be a Shield by Volunteering: To volunteer, please email Liz Banks, Volunteer Coordinator, at liz_banks@uss.salvationarmy.org. We love volunteers and will help you find the perfect opportunity.

Be a Shield by Donating Goods: To donate material goods such as furniture, clothing, a used vehicle, and other items, and to schedule a truck pick up, please call The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center at 405-236-3677. All proceeds from our Family Thrift Stores go directly back to into our programs and services.

If you would like to know more information about how you can Be A Shield, contact us at 405-246-1100.

(2/6/2014) Salvation Army Winter Weather Relief

The Salvation Army Social Services Office and Food Pantry, located at 501 S. Harvey, Oklahoma City, OK  73109, will close at 4 p.m. today. Our Shelters remain open as Emergency Warming Centers 24 hours providing food, warm clothing and beds.

Oklahoma City Shelter
330 S.W. 4th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73109

Norman Emergency Shelter
318 E. Hayes
Norman, OK 73069

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(1/15/14) Christmas Successes at The Salvation Army

Christmas Distro - Panorama(cropped-small)

Oklahomans Are More Generous than Ever According to Average Daily Red Kettle Totals at
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command

Oklahoma City, Okla. (January 15, 2014) – Central Oklahomans gave more each day in The Salvation Army Christmas Red Kettle than ever before. The average daily income for The Salvation Army Red Kettles in 2013 was more than $22,000 up from $17,000 in 2012.

“We are so grateful for Oklahomans who stepped up and gave during this season when we needed it the most,” says Captain Carlyle Gargis, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command. “With less bell ringing days due to weather and a late Thanksgiving, we were praying for a miracle.”

2013 The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign
Central Oklahoma Area Command
Canadian County $29,327.44
Cleveland County $131,068.73
Oklahoma County $313,375.96
Paycom Donation $56,100.00
okckettle.org $3,330.00
Gold Coin and Trinkets $1,805.00
GRAND TOTAL $535,007.13

Last year, The Salvation Army had a total of 38 full bell ringing days. This year, only 24 full bell ringing days were available due to the harsh wintery weather conditions and a late Thanksgiving calendar date.

“The total raised for this year’s Central Oklahoma Area Command’s Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign is $535,007, and we are so grateful,” said Captain Gargis. “If we had the same time as last year to ring bells, we would have met, and even surpassed last year’s record-breaking campaign income of more than $600,000. Oklahomans were more generous than ever this Christmas!   These funds help us stock the organization’s food pantry, youth programs, outreach ministries, and other emergency needs.”

Oklahomans not only gave of their resources this year, they also gave of their time.   To provide Christmas assistance in 2013, the total number of volunteer hours required was 11,948, fulfilled by 4,553 volunteers.

Christmas Volunteers 2013
Volunteers 4,553
Volunteer Hours 11,948

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program was able to assist more than 2,000 households, and 9,052 individuals.   Donations and funds raised were used to provide area families with a Christmas food box and gifts for children and seniors.

“This year, Oklahomans provided the finest, quality gifts ever,” said Captain Charlotte Gargis, Associate Area Commander.   “We have received an abundance of ‘thanks yous’ and hugs from families who experienced the joy of Christmas by your generosity.   Because of Oklahomans generosity this Christmas season, these funds will continue to meet on-going needs thoughout the year.   As we say, ‘Need knows no season. Please know that your giving was appreciated and truly made a difference this Christmas and beyond.   Thank you for remembering those who are lost, lonely and sometimes forgotten.”

Nearly 100 Red Kettle locations were set up at various Central Oklahoma area businesses to collect donations though December 24. Those locations included Homeland, Wal-mart, Hobby Lobby, Bass Pro Shops and more.

The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma provides services in three counties, including Oklahoma County, Cleveland County and Canadian County.

“The Salvation Army in Central Oklahoma is helping those in need, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day,” said Captain Carlyle Gargis.   “There are more demands than we can meet, but with the community’s continued support year round, we are able to provide relief from suffering and set a course for transformed lives.”

Highlights from this Christmas season are listed below:

  • The organization’s Angel Tree program served more than 2,000 households, and 9,052 individuals through the Christmas season.
  • KFOR ’s Kevin Ogle and OKC Thunder’s Rumble the Bison served as this year’s honorary Christmas chairs.
  • Quail Springs Mall hosted the Angel Tree and Kettle kickoff on November 15, 2013, with Kevin Ogle, Rumble the Bison and the Thunder Girls.
  • Downtown Rotary Club 29 had a full day of bell ringing booked for numerous locations, but was cancelled due to weather, so held a special monetary collection at their weekly luncheon.
  • An anonymous donor provided 170 Christmas hams.
  • The total number of volunteer hours in 2013 was 11,948.   The total number of volunteers in 2013 was 4,553.
  • American Fidelity hosted a canned food drive for Christmas season grocery orders.
  • The Salvation Army was able to assist more than 2,000 households, and 9,052 individuals.
  • HighMount Production LLC Christmas party at the Petroleum Club provided more than 500 toys for teenagers.
  • Brad Edwards’ Warmth 4 Winter Coat Drive Program in partnership with KFOR, South OKC Rotary, Paycom, Legacy Cleaners, Chesapeake and The Salvation Army has collected more than 4,000 coats and warm winter clothing for Oklahomans this winter.
    The Brad Edwards’ Warmth 4 Winter Holidazzle Coat Drive on Dec. 12, sponsored by Paycom and KFOR provided 71 coats, 8 scarves and 2 pairs of gloves. Additionally, Paycom collected 95 coats and South OKC Rotary delivered 135 coats from the collection boxes around Central Oklahoma.
  • Chesapeake’s Brad Edwards’ Warmth 4 Winter Coat Drive on Dec. 18, provided 286 coats, 63 scarves, 1,127 gloves (pairs), 1,184 hats, and various other warm clothing items.
  • Landmark Homes hosted their Thankmas party again at one of their model homes.   They collected food and more than 700 toys to benefit Angel Tree children.
  • McFarlin United Methodist Church in Norman sponsored several families, and took more than 50 angels to place on their Church Angel Tree.
  • The owners of the Sooner Bowl, the Haws family, and their friends gathered food, toys, and clothing for eight of our largest and most needy families.
  • The A. A. Vance family sponsored 100 angels, and purchased clothing and toys for them.
  • Express Personnel, Funk Companies and Smart Start provided about 1,000 toys in a Baron’s Hockey Team box truck.
  • Participated in The Fill the Truck Event at all Central Oklahoma Wal-Marts which collected toys to be used in the Angel Tree program.
  • 861 bicycles were distributed to children in need through Buck$ 4 Bikes.   214 volunteer bike assemblers including volunteers from Kiwanis Clubs, East Oklahoma County Rotary, N. Oklahoma City Rotary, Southern Nazarene University Men’s Soccer Team, Oklahoma Bike Society, Tinker Airmen and Church volunteers.   Two tractor trailers of bikes from Huffy. $4,200 freight donated by Total Transportation Resources to deliver the new bicycles from Huffy.
  • The Salvation Army celebrated Christmas morning with the shelter residents with gifts for 44 men, 14 women and 11 children.
  • Special thanks to the Reeves family and Bob Staples, for their help with the Cleveland County distribution center.   In addition, the University of Oklahoma donated the location.
  • Paycom ’s generous $56,100 employee and company match Christmas donation
  • The Thunder Toy drive on December 8 at the Chesapeake Arena provided 500 toys from the fans to be distributed to our Angel Tree families.
  • For the Angel Tree Participants, Feed the Children provided 1,800 Christmas meal and hygiene boxes, 400 Avon boxes for senior citizens Angel Tree recipients, and in Canadian County they provided 200 Christmas meal and hygiene boxes, and in Cleveland County, Feed the Children provided 250 Christmas meal and hygiene boxes.
  • Corporations who adopted Angel Tree families included:
    • The Chickasaw Nation Industries
    • Farmers Insurance
    • America Elite Mixed Martial Arts
    • Clearwater Paper OKC
    • The Addison Group
    • 405 Pride Bike Club
    • Aerospace Human Factors Research
    • Ben E Keith Foods
    • CAMERON Industries
    • CLS Plasma
    • Cole and Reed
    • Continental Resources Inc.
    • Department of Environmental Quality
    • Enable Midstream Partners/Enogex
    • Express Employment Professionals
    • GE Women’s Network-OKC Hub
    • HAC Inc. – Homeland
    • Mandy Haws, Sooner Bowling
    • Mary’s Maid Service Inc.
    • McFarlin United Methodist Church
    • Metro Transit
    • Northrop Grumman Corp.
    • Office of Acquisition FAA Aeronautical Center
    • Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation
    • Oklahoma Educational Television Authority – OETA
    • Platt College
    • Southeast High School JROTC
    • The Greens Country Club
    • Thom-Dobson-Womack , Inc.
    • And more!
  • Senior Christmas lunch served more than 500 seniors at The Salvation Army’s five Senior Center Christmas celebrations. Each senior also received a Disaster Readiness Bag which included a flashlight, batteries and first-aid kit.
  • Oklahoma City and Norman shelter guests, bell ringers and community were invited to participate in a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at the Salvation Army locations and received 608 prayer requests and 122 professions of faith.

 

(04.01.13) Michelle Pritchard is Appointed as The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma City Unit Director

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is pleased to announce that Michelle Pritchard has been appointed The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma City Unit Director.

Michelle grew up in Shawnee, OK, and received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2002, and is a Graduate of Leadership Shawnee.  She previously was employed for more than seven years as the Youth and Family Resource Center Assistant Executive Director in Shawnee, and as a Counselor for juveniles on probation, helping youth develop skills to build a positive future.

“I was looking for a new opportunity and the position at The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club seemed like the perfect way for me to continue working with youth but also allowed me the opportunity to work on their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth.  The staff has been amazing and our Club Members are such a joy. I am eager to be a part of the Club’s future and to increase our positive impact in the community,” said Pritchard.

Michelle is married to Mark Pritchard, the Recruiting and Retention Non-Commissioned Officer for the Army National Guard.  She enjoys spending time with her family, and running.  She hopes to run a marathon in the future.  Michelle has attended several trainings, including ‘Within My Reach’ and ‘Finding Words’, and has also been trained as a Grievance Coordinator and Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Specialist.

(02.13.13) 1,000s of Winter Coats Available to Oklahomans in Need

As the snow falls, The Salvation Army has 1,000s of winter coats available to keep Oklahomans warm.
Thanks to the generous donations of Oklahomans through the Brad Edwards KFOR Warmth 4 Winter Program, County Commissioner Brian Maughan’s Office, the South Oklahoma City Rotary and Chesapeake’s Winter on Western event, The Salvation Army in downtown Oklahoma City has 1,000s of coats to keep Oklahomans warm.
“For anyone who needs a winter coat we have one for every size, shape and style. From youth to seniors, we have something for everyone that will be sure to keep you warm,” said County Commissioner Brian Maughan.
The Salvation Army’s Social Services Office is located at 501 S. Harvey, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73109.
All Oklahomans are invited to pick up a coat on Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, and 1 – 4 p.m.

(01.23.13) Record-breaking Year for The Salvation Army 2012 Kettle Campaign

Oklahoma City, Okla. (January 23, 2013) – The Salvation Army’s 2012 Red Kettle Campaign raised $651,717 that will be used to aid the poor in Central Oklahoma, officials announced today.

Canadian County

Cleveland County

Oklahoma
County

Total

2010 Actual

$26,115.00

$96,601.00

$442,648.00

$565,364.00

2011 Goal

$28,727.00

$106,261.00

$464,780.00

$599,768.00

2011 Actual

$30,772.15

$155,195.07

$459,881.00

$645,848.22

2012 Goal

$32,000.00

$110,000.00

$410,780.00

$552,780.00

2012 Actual

$52,266.49

$164,967.51

$434,483.00

$651,717.00

The amount exceeded the goal of $552,780, and surpassed the $645,848.22 amount the organization collected in 2011.

2011 2012
Volunteers 2,432 6400
Volunteer Hours 9,915 17,477

“We’re very grateful,” Major Dan Proctor, Central Oklahoma Area Commander said. “The increases in Canadian and Cleveland counties played a large role in the success of this year’s campaign. None of this would have been possible without the community’s support.”

Oklahomans not only gave of their resources in abundance this year, they also gave of their time in record amounts.  We had 6,400 volunteers in 2012.  An increase of 3,968 people from 2011, in which we had 2,432 volunteers.   Volunteer hours increased by 7,562 hours.  The total number of volunteer hours in 2012 was 17,477.  The total amount of hours in 2011 was 9,915.

In another record, The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program was able to assist 2,032 households, and 11,405 individuals.  Donations and funds raised were used to provide area families with food, Angel Tree Program toys, and clothing during Christmas, Salvation Army officials said. Some of the funds will also be used to stock the organization’s food pantry, youth programs, outreach ministries, and other emergency needs.

“This year Oklahomans provided the finest, quality gifts ever,” said Major Francina Proctor, Associate Area Commander.  “We have received an abundance of  ‘thanks yous’ and hugs from families who experienced the joy of Christmas by your generosity.  We are extending these words of thanksgiving from the single family homes, grandparents raising grandchildren, senior citizens, and even from a prisoner who wrote: Christmas can be a sad time for many as it highlights separation from loved ones.  The love of Christ reflected through ministries such as yours helps to ease this pain, thank you and God bless you.  Please know that your giving was appreciated and truly made a difference this Christmas.  Thank you for remembering those who are lost, lonely and sometimes forgotten.”

A total of 84 Red Kettle stations were set up at various Central Oklahoma area businesses to collect donations though Dec. 24. Those locations included Homeland, Wal-mart, Hobby Lobby, Bass Pro Shops and more.

The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma provides services in three counties, including Oklahoma County, Cleveland County and Canadian County.

“The Salvation Army in Central Oklahoma is helping those in need, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day,” said Major Dan Proctor.  “There are more demands than we can meet, but with the community’s continued support year round, we are able to provide relief from suffering and set a course for transformed lives.”

Highlights from this Christmas season are listed below:

-       The organization’s Angel Tree program served more than 2,032 households, and 11,405 individuals through the Christmas season.

-       OKC Thunder’s Rumble the Bison served as this year’s honorary Christmas chair.

-       Yukon Homeland hosted the Kettle kickoff.

-       Quail Springs Mall hosted the Angel Tree kickoff, with the Thunder Girls, and Kevin Ogle.

2011 2012
Volunteers 2,432 6400
Volunteer Hours 9,915 17,477

-       We had 6,400 volunteers in 2012.  An increase of 3,968 people from 2011, in which we had 2,432 volunteers.   Volunteer hours increased by 7,562 hours.  The total number of volunteer hours in 2012 was 17,477.  The total amount of hours in 2011 was 9,915.

-       The Salvation Army was able to assist 2,032 households, and 11,405 individuals.

-       Landmark Homes had a Thankmas party at one of their model homes.  They collected food and toys to benefit children in our program.

-       McFarlin United Methodist Church in Norman sponsored several families, and took over 100 angels to place on their Church Angel Tree.

-       The owners of the Sooner Bowl, the Hawes family, and their friends gathered food, toys, and clothing for six of our largest and most needy families.

-       The Vance family sponsored 100 angels, and purchased food and clothing for them.

-       The Fill the Truck Event at WalMart helped gather over 100 toys to be used in the Angel Tree program.

-       Warmth4Winter Program in partnership with KFOR, South OKC Rotary, Comm. Brian Maughan’s office and The Salvation Army has collected thousands of coats for Oklahomans this winter.

-       830 Bicycles were distributed to children in need (Buck$ 4 Bikes).  220 volunteer bike assemblers including volunteers from Kiwanis, NW OKC Rotary, Oklahoma Bike Society, Southern Nazarene University and Church volunteers.  Two tractor trailers of bikes from Huffy. $4,200 freight donated by Total Transportation Resources to deliver the new bicycles from Huffy.

-       Partnership with Food & Shelter Inc. to have a Christmas party for clients in the combined shelters, as well as the homeless clients.  Food & Shelter provided the gifts, and we provided the food.  Joan and Richard Day sponsored the Shelter Christmas party.

-       Special thanks to the Reeves family and Bob Staples, for their help with the Cleveland County distribution center.  In addition, Dr. Lackey who donated the space, and Judy Hatfield of Equity Real estate for coordinating it.

-       Paycom’s generous $32,000 employee and company match Christmas donation

-       Northpark Mall Big Night Out benefit

-       Mid-America Christian University/Tyler Media, Thunder Toy drive.

-       Chesapeake Winter on Western Warmth4Winter Coat Drive

-       Senior Christmas lunch

(01.17.13) Candlelight Vigil to honor the Victims of Human Trafficking

Join us for a Candlelight Vigil to Honor the Victims of Human Trafficking

Candlelight Vigil to honor the Victims of Human Trafficking
on Fri., January 25, 2013, at 6 p.m., Oklahoma State Capitol Building – South Plaza

This January, Oklahomans Observe National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Oklahoma City, Okla. (January 17, 2013) – In observance of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Oklahoma Human Trafficking Task Force invites all Oklahomans to attend a Candlelight Vigil to honor the Victims of Human Trafficking on Fri., January 25, 2013, at 6 p.m. Oklahoma State Capitol Building – South Plaza.

  • Candlelight Vigil honoring Human Trafficking Victims Program (about 20 minutes)
  • Opening Prayer: Mrs. Cindy Lankford (Congressman James Lankford’s wife)
  • Song: “Amazing Grace”– Emily Elkins, LifeChurch.tv
  • Governor’s Proclamation: Attorney General Scott Pruitt
  • Featured Speaker: Wilma Lively, Day Spring Villa
  • Closing Prayer: Pastor Mark Crow, Victory Church

“According to experts, there are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in human history. Free the Slaves conservatively estimates there are 27 million men, women, and children in slavery at any given time. Eighty percent of all victims are women, and HALF of them are children. The victims of human trafficking are trapped in a life of misery…often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or taken to grueling jobs and forced to work for little or no pay,” said Major Leisa Hall, Divisional Secretary for Women’s Ministries, The Salvation Army Arkansas/Oklahoma. “Human trafficking is a $32 billion a year industry, second only to drugs as the largest criminal enterprise in the world. Shockingly, the average entry age for trafficked victims in the sex industry is 12-14 years old. Even here in America, our nation’s sons and daughters are being forced to work as sex slaves and we need your help to get the word out.”

“This month, we rededicate ourselves to stopping one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. Around the world, millions of men, women, and children are bought, sold, beaten, and abused, locked in compelled service and hidden in darkness. They toil in factories and fields; in brothels and sweatshops; at sea, abroad, and at home. They are the victims of human trafficking — a crime that amounts to modern-day slavery. As Americans, we have long rejected such cruelty. We have recognized it as a debasement of our common humanity and an affront to the principles we cherish. And for more than a century, we have made it a national mission to bring slavery and human trafficking to an end.” – President Barack Obama, as stated in his Presidential Proclamation.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/12/30/presidential-proclamation-national-slavery-and-human-trafficking-prevent

“Oklahoma is one of the top states in the nation for human trafficking. Geographically, Oklahoma is the crossroads of the nation; we have three major interstates that run right through the heart of our State. Traffickers are driving through our state every day,” said Suzi Hanson, OATH (Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans) Coalition Volunteer. “Human Trafficking is an issue of vulnerability and Oklahoma is in the top for all the wrong things – teenage pregnancy, teenage homelessness, child abuse to name a few and we are in the bottom for the wrong things as well – 49th in education and according to the last census, we were 46th in per capita income. If you are a bad guy looking for vulnerable, broken, hurting, young girls, Oklahoma is the place to be.”

More Candlelight Vigil Details:

  • Friday, January 25, 6 p.m., South Plaza of the Oklahoma State Capitol Building
  • Governor’s Proclamation
  • Oklahoma City Mayor’s Office is illuminating the Skydance Bridge in the color blue in observance of the Vigil and Human Trafficking Awareness color.
  • Battery-operated candles and blue pin-on ribbons will be available for participants.

Upcoming Human Trafficking Events

OATH (Oklahoman Against Trafficking Humans) Fundraising Luncheon

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Skirvin Hotel

Contact: Suzi Hanson at suzihanson420@gmail.com or 405-822-8230

Miss Oklahoma 2012 will be our emcee for the luncheon, and you will learn more about human trafficking and how it relates to Oklahoma. Additionally, a survivor of human trafficking, trafficked here in Oklahoma, will share her story. Projects to include, but not limited to, awareness campaigns, getting this information into schools educating our sons and daughters, and research into opening a home for girls who are rescued from sex trafficking under the age of 18.

Providing Services to Runaway Youth and Victims of Human Trafficking Online Discussion

January 22, 2013, 11 a.m.

Go to http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ovcproviderforum/asp/participate.asp for instructions on how to participate.

Community Summit on Human Trafficking

Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.), Location: TBA

Contact: Major Leisa Hall at leisa_hall@uss.salvationarmy.org

About OATH

Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans (O.A.T.H.), is a local non-profit, 501(c)3, that focuses on helping people understand human trafficking. Our mission is to expose this issue, identify possible victims, and help them get the services that they need for recovery. Many Americans are stunned to find that this is not only an international and national problem, but that it strikes at the very heart of our great state of Oklahoma. In fact, Oklahoma is one of the top states in our nation for recruiting and trafficking slaves for the sex industry. The United States is the number one destination for child sex trafficking. Our children are at risk and we at O.A.T.H. want you to know how to protect the ones you love!

*Statistics from Federal Agencies, FBI, OBN, OATH, Salvation Army and Polaris

(09.25.12) Salvation Army Senior Living Fair is free to all seniors on Oct. 10

The First Annual Salvation Army Senior Living Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Warr Acres Community Center, 4301 N. Ann Arbor.

The event is free and open to the public. Senior citizens can learn of ways to enhance their lifestyle, embrace new ideas and get involved.

More than 30 organizations and service providers are slated to share information. Find out where to access continuing education programs, recreation opportunities, transportation options, home health providers, housing and much more.

“Seniors get to learn that they have options and amazing services available. If they are looking for it and can’t find it, keep asking questions,” said Lisa Syndor, Salvation Army senior center coordinator. “There are more things out there for seniors than we have ever imagined. Many seniors are not aware of about 99 percent of activities open to them. This goes beyond nursing homes and medical care; active seniors adults have access to many exciting, enriching and rewarding experiences.”

Information will be offered about housing available to seniors, medical, home health care, transportation and communications through such participants as OK Housing Authority, Catholic Charities, Cricket Communications and senior living communities.

“So many things are out there for seniors who are volunteering, traveling, working full-time,” said Syndor. “For instance, there are RV Clubs and sites that cater to only seniors and have special rates for traveling.”

Lunch will be available for a donation.

The mission of Salvation Army Senior Program is to offer programs for senior citizens that enhance self-worth, dignity and the intrinsic value of each individual. The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command provides senior programs at five centers in Central Oklahoma County.

The event is free to attend. For more information, contact Lisa at 631-1462 or Sherrie at 789-9892.