Helping those in need
During this season of caring, I would like to thank the agencies that pull
together to care for Oklahoma City’s homeless population by enacting the cold weather contingency plan. This plan opens additional overnight shelter beds as long as the temperature stays below freezing. In 2018, the plan has been in effect for seven days and nights. We have been fortunate because Phase 1 has met the need, increasing shelter beds by 164. (Phase 2 adds another 60 beds and Phase 3 adds an additional 76 beds.) Participating organizations are: Be The Change, Catholic Charities Sanctuary, City Care, City Rescue Mission, Grace Rescue Mission, Jesus House, Homeless Alliance, Salvation Army and SISU Youth Shelter. These organizations open their door to all who come seeking warm shelter, a hot meal and a place to sleep and be cared for. The city of Oklahoma City, United Way, the Homeless Alliance and 2-1-1 collaborate on this effort. Others assisting are The American Red Cross, Feed The Children and the Regional Food Bank.
Oklahoma City is blessed to have many caring organizations serving our citizens during the cold days and nights of winter and also year-round. There are many others not listed here that give help daily to those in need and for that we all should be grateful. Please, during this holiday season do what you can to help these organizations that are helping those in need in our wonderful city.
Frank Merrick, Oklahoma City