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Homeless Outreach

Serving those in Need

Monday - Thursday

w/ The Justin Trio


8:30 - 9:30 am

w/ The Justin Trio


12:30 - 1:30 pm

w/ The Justin Trio

I Still Have My Shoes!

     Here at Oklahoma Family Empowerment Center (OFEC) we have the awesome opportunity to work with and provide services to some of Tulsa’s most vulnerable populations daily. These individuals include at-risk youth, those struggling with mental health illness and the homeless to name a few. I would like to share a story of a young man, we will call him “Joe” for the sake of anonymity.

     Joe comes to OFEC each day to eat lunch. He is an above average built, African American male in his mid to late twenties. But, for reasons unknown to us, we stopped seeing Joe for a few days. As director and being used to seeing him, I became concerned about where he was. Thankfully, he showed up the same day. It was raining, cool and not only was he sparsely dressed; he had no shoes on. By the look of his feet (dirty and blistered) it appeared that he had been walking with no shoes for several days.

Thankfully, Julius Maindi Fellows, Licensed Professional Counselor and OFEC’s newest team member was present. It was Julius’ first day in his new role as, Community Outreach Director. He went into action. Julius sat down with “Joe” listened to his story. He learned that Joe was held at gun point and robbed of his shoes. He heard how Joe started college and was a promising wrestler. Soon into Joe’s college years, he developed schizophrenia. He had to drop out of school and back home. But, Joe’s family was challenged by his paranoia and frequent outburst. He soon found himself living in the streets. Unfortunately, Joe’s story is typical of many of the homeless.

     While OFEC many not be able to change his clinical diagnosis. We could offer him care and hope. Before leaving Joe was cleaned up, given a new set of clothing, tennis shoes and was a hygiene care package (toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, brush, body wash, and deodorant). Joe left the office smiling, a full belly and with a bounce in his step.

Joe remains close to the 11th and Garnett Road area of Tulsa. Close to OFEC’s location. He says, “I feel safe around here.” He continues to drop by for lunch each day. Each time I see him, Joe reminds me that, “I still have my shoes!”

1st Annual Dinner and Awards Program

     It was a beautiful, festive and informative evening that everyone in attendance enjoyed. The dinner took place at the Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 North Greenwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma, which is strategically placed in the heart in the historic Tulsa Greenwood District. Keynote speaker, Dr. Bryan Hotchkins, Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University spoke on the theme: “Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline. Hotchkins empowered those in the audience with information and tools to approach the issue and dismantle the pipeline. He also reminded the audience, this event date marked the dawn of the end of Tulsa Race Riot ninety-six years ago (May 31 – June 1, 1921. Let us not forget.

     The evening ended in celebration as “Outstanding Community Service Awards” were presented several of Tulsa’s finest police officers; Sergeant Dedlorn Sanders, Officer, Derrick Alexander, and Office Amley “Popsey” Floyd. You can see photos from the evening here. Additionally, delightful entertainment was provided by Marva Walker, pianist; the Dance Junkies and Majeste Pearson who mesmerized the audience with her gift of singing.

Program Booklet

Dr. Bryan Hotchkins Slides

Dr. Bryan Hotchkins Presentation Slides

May  25 - ​​OFEC  Receives $5000  Grant

     Thank you Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma, Faith in Action Committee for your generous support.

Making A Difference in Juvenile Justice

Tulsa County’s DMC Project, which is a program under the direction of Oklahoma Family Empowerment Center, was one included in, "Case Studies of Nine Jurisdictions that Reduced Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) in their Juvenile Justice Systems." The actual findings of the study were published, October 2016. It lists several of OFEC’s program accomplishments, which included:

Hiring of a local DMC Coordinator

Developing a strategic plan to address the issue

Formed a local DMC Steering Committee

Established a Crisis Intervention Center

Trained and Involved Police

Addressed Underlying Racial Issues

Built Awareness of DMC at the State level

The report further noted in conclusion: "Tulsa County was able to decrease racial disparities at two juvenile contact points - diversion and detention - benefiting the county's largest minority group, African America youth, as well as Hispanic and Native American youth. Tulsa County's DMC - reduction initiative, which was supported by its state level DMC Coordinator and Juvenile Justice Specialist, included an emphasis specifically on these two contact points as well as the arrest stage, which also shows promise."

Oklahoma Family Empowerment Center continues to empower people and change lives

Learn more about DMC                                                    Copy of Case Study

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Changed to Effect Change

January 15, 2017

The impact and change that OFEC can help to effect extends to our own staff team as well. Angelia Cherry, OFEC office assistant, shares this testimony.

I grew up in a dysfunctional family, where drugs or alcohol were used on a daily basis. I was introduced to drugs at age 13 by my brother and boyfriend. I was looking for love in anything or anybody.

I had two kids, married by age 19 and divorced by age 26. I moved to Tulsa and met a guy. Still looking for love in the wrong place. I had two more children. At the same time, I found myself so deep in the drug life.

I lost everything. My children, my home. Was arrested on a charge of drug possession. It wasn’t until I lost my children that I realized I had a problem. I did four years of probation. I did drug court in order to get my children back. I was always able to keep a job.

In the process I found God again—a church home with a church family that loves me unconditionally. I lost my job in 2010 from a couple of on-the-job injuries. And I asked God, “Why me?” And he said, “Why not you? I have something for you to do.”