Building A Coalition for Positive Change

Ardmore Homeless Coalition

In Ardmore and across the country, homelessness is a complex and growing problem. As homelessness grew more visible in downtown Ardmore, the Grace Center of Southern Oklahoma Board of Directors launched the Ardmore Homeless Coalition with community partners and collaborators to address homelessness. 

 

In the fall of 2020, there were three facilitated meetings with community partners. Leaders from government, business, faith, and social services were invited to participate in a guided conversation and discussion that result in a well-defined, written community action plan — one with practical approached to reducing and eliminating homelessness. The coalition's facilitator was Jerry Wright, who serves as Director of Consulting with the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. 

Goal 1: Increase options for transportation

Objective: Provide access to services for the homeless to change lives

 

Goal 2: Develop a central intake point for services

Objective: Provide access to services and to identify initial needs

 

Goal 3: Develop plans for safe shelter and transitional living to meet current and future needs

Objective: Provide available shelter or living space when needed

 

Goal 4: Raise awareness in the community regarding the challenges of homelessness

Objective: Gain support, educate, advocate, understand, communicate the plan, and be factual.

If you would like to get involved with the Ardmore Homeless Coalition, please contact Laura Akers, executive director of the Grace Center, at 580-223-2027 ext. 303 or laura@ardmoregracecenter.com.

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Mission

 Providing dignity, safety, shelter, and healing to our homeless neighbors. 

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Vision

The community working together to provide solutions-based remedies to end homelessness.

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Upcoming Meetings 

March 24:
The Ardmore Homeless Coalition's March meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24 in the afternoon via Zoom. 

The meeting will include a presentation by Jacob Beaumont, Director of Advocacy & Criminal Justice Reform at Mental Health Association Oklahoma. Jacob will present on the intersection of people experiencing homelessness and the criminal justice system, as well as share about coalition building efforts in Tulsa that brought about reforms to the municipal court. Following the presentation, updates will be provided on the Carter County Point-In-Time Count 2021, information regarding Space Needs Survey, and more.

April 1: 
The Ardmore Homeless Coalition's sub-committee on Goal 2 will meet from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday, April 1 via zoom. 

 

The meeting will included discussion on a shared case-management database for Ardmore. 

 

April 7: 
The Ardmore Homeless Coalition's sub-committee on transportation will meet from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 7 to continue the conversation on a fixed bus route for Ardmore. Location Salvation Army Ardmore (gym) 

April 15:
The Ardmore Homeless Coalition’s sub-committee on Goal 2 will meet from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday, April 15 (Location TBD). The meeting will include discussion on the Space Needs Survey. Those who completed the Space Needs Survey will be invited to join the meeting too.

To learn more about meetings or attend, please email Laura Akers at laura@ardmoregracecenter.com. 

Participants in the Coalition

Faith Leaders: 
Pastor Becky Jackson, Northwest Baptist
Pastor Ted Clark, Jr, Children of the King
John Gibbs, Merrick Drive Church of Christ
Joyce Spurgin, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church
Lee Miller, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church
AnDina Wiley, Christ Community Church 

Government: 
Jessica Scott, City of Ardmore Community Development
Mayor Doug Pfau, City of Ardmore
Deputy Chief Kevin Norris, Ardmore Police Department
Fire Marshall Tim Lee, Ardmore Fire Department
Cary Williamson, Ardmore Fire Department
Kevin Boatright, City of Ardmore Asst. City Manager
Ty Reynolds, Carter County Health Dept. 

Sumer Mosely, Carter County Health Dept.

Business: 

Meida Lockhart, SDG Architects
Jacob Tynes, Ideal Home Care
Mita Bates, Ardmore Chamber of Commerce
Marthanna Donald, Ardmore Chamber of Commerce
Jeff DiMiceli, Ardmore Main Street Authority
Teresa Deaton, OPM
Tom Dunlap, Triple D Oil & Gas Co. 
Julie Longest, Downtown Business & Property Owner
Puddy Agans, Mercy Ardmore
Lorraine Acevedo-Cardona, Mercy Ardmore
Todd Yeager, Marvin's Place Art Gallery
Jennifer Evans, Triple D Oil & Gas Co.
Kermit McKinney, Triple D Oil & Gas Co.
Sara Jones, Valero 
Laci Littleton-Gomez, I Sell Houses
Kori Littleton Thompson, I Sell Houses

Foundations: 

Larry Wilkes, McCrory Foundation
Mary Kate Wilson, Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation and Community Foundation of Ardmore, Inc. 
Daela Echols, United Way of South Central Oklahoma
Stacy Newman, Noble Foundation

 

Social Services: 

Dee Dee Hunter, Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma
Kathy Manning, Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma
Misty Apala, Impact Ardmore
Johnny Bruce, OUT
Kelli Brooks, Lighthouse Behavioral Wellness Centers
Jessica Pfau, Lighthouse Behavioral Wellness Centers
Dave Lowden, Broadway House
Crystal Douglas, Restoring Lives
Gerald Johnson, Catholic Charities Ardmore
Theresa Flannery, Catholic Charities OKC
Ellen Roberts, Ardmore Behavioral Health Collaborative
Laura Akers, Grace Center of Southern Oklahoma
Karlie Harper, Grace Center of Southern Oklahoma
Capt. Alan Grimes, Salvation Army
Kevin Stinson, Big 5
Terrah White, Community Children's Shelter and Family Service Center

Other: 
Carolyn Jones, volunteer

Sabra Emde, Ardmore City Schools
Keri Taylor, Ardmore City Schools
Kristi Crutchfield Cox, counselor
Roxanne Logan, Together OK

Resources and Links

Ardmore Homeless Coalition's Goals 

NEW: 2021 Carter County Point In Time Results 
/ 2021 Carter County Point In Time Results (Grace Center only)

Ardmore Homeless Coalition Space Needs Survey (Link) 

 

The Community Children’s Shelter is conducting our annual survey to find out what the needs of youth and families in southern Oklahoma (link)

NEW: 2021 Oklahoma Housing Profile from the national Low Income Housing Coalition

NEW: HUD Jan. 2021 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress

Media Coverage: The Ardmoreite News Article "'You can't manage what you don't know': Ardmore Homeless Coalition begins count to better understand homeless population." Jan. 27, 2021


Media Coverage: KXII News "Ardmore Homeless Coalition survey aims to get the full picture of homeless." Jan. 22, 2021

Media Coverage: The Ardmoreite News Article "Ardmore forms coalition to address homelessness." Nov. 18, 2020

Media Coverage: The Ardmoreite Op-Ed "Homeless Coalition holds real promise to finding our solution." Oct. 7, 2020

Oklahoma Statewide Continuum of Care Lead Agency Contacts

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines a Continuum of Care Plan as a community (local and regional) plan to organize and deliver housing and services to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless from the moment they enter the doors of the first service provider and as they move to stable housing and maximum self-sufficiency.  Each Continuum includes action steps to end homelessness through prevention and establishment of stable and secure housing.

Oklahoma Emergency Solutions Grants (with contact information for the leader of the SE Oklahoma CoC)

Oklahoma Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness 2021 Proposed Meeting Schedule 

Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness 5-Year Plan to End Homelessness in Oklahoma

Meeting Agendas

 

March 24, 2021 General Meeting  (Agenda)  (Resource Flyers) 

ABOUT US

To prevent homelessness and increase self-sufficiency for all people. The center provides education and resource assistance in a culturally sensitive, encouraging, and Christ-centered environment.

ADDRESS

580-223-2027

11 A St. NW 
Ardmore, Oklahoma 73401

 

info@ardmoregracecenter.com

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