Other Options Inc
3636 NW 51st St
Oklahoma City OK 73112-5611
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement To provide non-discriminating, compassionate care to those in need through food, resources, services, and education to at-risk individuals and families with a focus on those affected by HIV and AIDS.
Contact Information
Contact Name Mary Arbuckle
Contact email maryotheroptions@outlook.com
Address 3636 NW 51st St
Oklahoma City, OK 73112 5611
Phone (405) 605-8020
Fax 405-9486531
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Other Options also accepts donations in the form of non-perishable food, pet food, items for our thrift store partnership with Friendly Thrift Store and HIV/AIDS medications for our humanitarian medication program.
We also need volunteers to assist with a variety of daily activities in our Food Pantry and during our special events which include Walk This Way, Bar Wars, and Cookies Thanksgiving.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $250,000.00
Projected Expenses $250,000.00
History and Background
Supported Organization Mary Arbuckle
Year Founded 1989
IRS Ruling Year 1989
State Registration Expiration May 2020
Mission To provide non-discriminating, compassionate care to those in need through food, resources, services, and education to at-risk individuals and families with a focus on those affected by HIV and AIDS.
The Founding Board Members of Other Options working in the health care community in the early 1980s saw the need to educate and inform those who were affected by Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), as well as health professionals and government agencies. That need became the foundation for Other Options. Our charter and non-profit status were completed in 1989 in time to produce the AIDS for HIV/AIDS handbook requested by The Governors Task Force on AIDS. We have been active in the HIV and AIDS community since that time.
Collaborating with other HIV/AIDS Services and Community Based Organizations state-wide, Other Options is committed to providing quality care to the men, women and children living With HIV/AIDS as well as Prevention Education to the affected community.
As HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment has evolved through the years, Other Options has expanded its mission and now focuses on providing food, resources, services, and education to at-risk individuals and people living with HIV and AIDS.
Impact Eighty two cents of every dollar raised goes to our direct services. One-third of Oklahomans living with HIV or AIDS in our service area fall below the poverty level and often must choose between taking their medication or purchasing basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. HIV/AIDS medications and frequent medical visits are costly. Our Friends Food Pantry program addresses the food insecurity for these individuals and provides nutrient dense food, nutrition formula, and toiletries to Oklahoma's most vulnerable and often forgotten population.
  • $5,500 per month to purchase perishable, rich in nutrient food and to operate the Friends Food Pantry program.
  • 100 volunteers annually to assist with daily operations, special events and Thanksgiving meal preparation.
  • Gas cards or bus passes for clients to access the weekly grocery shopping.
  • 2,000 pairs of new socks and underwear to give to our clients during the Christmas holiday.
  • 2,500 re-usable grocery bags to delivery meals to our home bound clients and Thanksgiving meal recipients.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines/AIDS
Tertiary Organizational Category Human Services/Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
The Friends Food Pantry provides nutrient dense food, nutritional formula, and toiletries to over 2,032 households able to shop weekly. We also have a delivery program for home bound and bed fast individuals and families. At least one member of the household must be living with HIV or AIDS. They are referred to us by their medical case manager.
The food pantry is set up like a grocery store allowing our clients to shop with dignity for items they need and can easily prepare at home. The weekly shopping experience also provides an opportunity for clients struggling with mental health issues such as depression or anxiety to interact with other clients and our volunteers. We are able to engage them in conversations about their health, upcoming medical appointments, and address other critical needs while they shop. We also have a delivery program for our home bound clients. The delivery service allows us the opportunity to visit with isolated clients to make sure they are as well as possible and not in need of other basic needs or services.

The majority of our food is purchased with donations and grant funds at a bulk rate from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. We also rely on businesses, churches and private individuals to donate additional food items that we are unable to obtain from the Food Bank. Funding requirements are extensive in order for Other Options to provide the needed and critical service to our clients. The cost to operate the Food Pantry for one month is $5,500.
Population Served People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Addressing the food insecurity of Oklahomans living with HIV or AIDS not only improves their quality of life, it also helps them stay in care. With 20 years of evidence demonstrating that HIV treatment is highly effective in reducing the transmission of HIV, the evidence is now clear that people living with HIV with an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV sexually. By eliminating the barriers for treatment, this program helps our clients stay in care so they can reach and maintain an undetectable viral load and thus stop the spread of HIV.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. We have a robust database system that not only helps us track the frequency and shopping habits of our clients, it also helps us track where they are in the HIV care continuum. We monitor the frequency of their medical appointments and case management support received. We also require clients to maintain up to date contact information so we can provide referrals for housing and other case management needs should they arise. Our volunteers regularly provide reports of interactions with home bound clients as they assess their living situation and quality of life. We provide this information by request to representatives from the CDC and OK State Health Dept as we are often the organization with the most recent and up to date client information.
Families can donate unused medication that is then sorted and organized by volunteers before sending them to the country in need. Through our program we have provided over a billion dollars of donated HIV/AIDS medication to 15 different countries.
Population Served International International
Description Cookie's Thanksgiving is an annual event that feeds 1000 in-need individuals on Thanksgiving day through at-home deliveries and in-house meals at Sunnyside Diner. We provide a full, homemade Thanksgiving meal to families affected by HIV/AIDS and others in need of warm, holiday meal.
Population Served People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Through generous donations and volunteer efforts, we have reduced our expenses to $6.67 per meal with leftovers.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mary Arbuckle
Start Date Jan 2008
Email maryotheroptions@outlook.com
Number of Full-time Staff 1
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 100
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? No
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Female 1
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Other Options collaborated with other HIV/AIDS organizations and state agencies as part of the HIV care continuum. We are members of the Oklahoma HIV and Hepatitis Planning Council, the OKC AIDS Coalition and the HIV Prevention & Education Cooperative. We are also recipients of Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund and AIDS Walk of OKC grant funding and volunteer at their events as part of our partnership.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Other Documents
Board Chair
Name Mrs. Cher Golding
Company Affiliation ASP Cares
Term Apr 2019 to Dec 2025
Email chergolding@sbcglobal.net
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2020
Board of Directors List
Kelly BlundellManicuristVoting
Paul C. CarabajalClutter BustersVoting
Robin L. DornerEditor in Chief, The GaylyVoting
Scott G. FlennerOwner, FlorasourceVoting
Cher GoldingASP CaresVoting
Ken JonesAnalyst, Tinker Air Force BaseVoting
Kristen Meeks DavisAccount Manager, Cumulus MediaVoting
Robert R. PainterPatrono RestaurantVoting
David L. Rackley84 Hospitality GroupVoting
Frederick . RedwineAttorneyVoting
Bret C. StreetmanVP, Midfirst BankVoting
Nancy StrubyOklahoma Association of BroadcastersVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Female 5
Not specified 7
Board Term Lengths 1 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation No
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2020-Dec 31, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $250,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $250,000
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$12,613$224,524$94,996
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.001.250.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue--0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$521,874$529,921$521,874
Current Assets$0$8,047$0
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$521,874$529,921$521,874
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $0Contributions $280,659Contributions $0
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Endowment? No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line? Yes
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Note 1) The Net Assets of Fund Balances per Part 1 of the Form 990 (lines 20-22) do not agree with Part XI, Page 12, lines 4 and 10.   Therefore, the Net Assets do not roll-forward properly. 
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
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Address 3636 NW 51st St
Oklahoma City, OK 73112 5611
Primary Phone 405 605-8020
CEO/Executive Director Mary Arbuckle
Board Chair Mrs. Cher Golding
Board Chair Company Affiliation ASP Cares