Help­ing those in need

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - OPINION -

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

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