Prepare and deliver a meal or cook onsite for the residents at the
Carolyn Williams Center or Palo Duro programs. This opportunity is very
flexible and always needed!
Volunteers can paint, prepare, decorate and lightly furnish apartments
for homeless families moving into one of our transitional housing
facilities. Apartment sponsors continue to provide basic necessities
(bedding, towels, cleaning supplies, kitchen items, etc.) on an
as-needed basis. Ideal for groups.
Take some time during a lunch break to be a friend to one of our
residents at Palo Duro, a permanent supportive living center for
homeless, single adults with a mental illness. Our residents love to
interact with volunteers. Eat lunch, play a card game or enjoy a
Teach life skills
Our clients need to learn skills that will help them transition to
independence. Skills such as cooking, budgeting, applying for a job,
maintaining a home and maintaining healthy relationships can be taught
to residents of our housing programs.
Help our clients celebrate upcoming holidays and birthdays. Projects are
based on the volunteer or group’s interest and availability.
Help clients feel uplifted and inspired each week by leading Bible study
at Palo Duro I or Palo Duro II permanent housing programs. Days and
times are flexible.
Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO) is a faith-based non-profit social services agency providing housing and healthcare opportunities for low-income and at-risk individuals and families in the Oklahoma City area.
Founded in 1920 by Methodist women, who named their new venture Wesley Community House, the primary focus was on the Riverside neighborhood in south Oklahoma City. The founders sought to make a positive difference in the lives of impoverished, post-WWI families, many of which were immigrant families. In 1946, an additional community center location was added in northeast Oklahoma City to serve African-American families. In 1969, these two entities joined with Neighborhood Centers, Inc. a non-profit organization with multiple locations in the metro area. After the merger they became one entity: Neighborhood Services Organization, which is commonly called “NSO.”
As NSO has evolved it has been creative in the way it assists low-income Oklahoma City residents, always willing to change as society’s needs dictated. Several NSO programs have been spun off as separate and highly successful non-profits: Detox Center, Regional Food Bank, Mobile Meals and Positive Tomorrows.
1. Comprehensive wrap-around services integration: $75,000
2. Dental outreach and screenings at high-risk local schools: $35,000
3. Furniture for transitional and permanent housing programs: $50,000
4. Maintenance for housing facilities: $50,000
5. Housing for young men who have aged out of OK Foster Care: $150,000
When you have missing teeth, people look down on you. Missing front teeth makes you have a speech problem and people think you are mentally unstable. I am a people person but when you talk to people and your words don’t come out right you really don't want to talk much.
NSO has lifted my self-esteem. The work they have done on my mouth has made a big difference in my whole spirit. I feel like I can be myself and my words come out right. My brother said, “Now that’s the Mike I remember!” Now I can smile, and when you smile, people smile back at you.
NOW THAT’S PRICELESS!
I want to thank NSO from the top of my gums to the bottom of my teeth. Ya’ll really put confidence back in my life. Please keep up the good work. Changing their appearance and their whole outlook on life—that’s what it did for me. May GOD BLESS YOU ALL.!
Jacob’s mom and dad were alcoholics and drug addicts.Every few months, they moved from one filthy apartment to the next. Food was never a priority. When Jacob was six, he watched his father shoot and kill his mother. Things got bad after that.
Jacob was placed in the custody of a relative. That relative sexually abused Jacob. Every. Single. Day.
Jacob entered Oklahoma’s Foster Care system. He doesn’t remember how many homes he lived in. He doesn’t remember teachers or classmates – he changed schools and homes too often to bother developing relationships.
On his 18thbirthday, Jacob was ineligible for foster care. He was set on the street with an incomplete education, no family, no friends, no job and no coping skills. He ended up sleeping on the streets.
Jacob is a resident at the Carolyn Williams Center – and his story is not unusual. Today, he is enrolled in college. He says the CWC is the first real home he has had. Jacob not only envisions his future but he is looking forward to it.
Oklahoma City Public Schools
Department of Human Services
Oklahoma City Housing Authority
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Department of Rehabilitation Services
City of Oklahoma City
City Rescue Mission
St. Anthony Birthing Center
Church of the Servant
Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency
FreshStart Counseling Services
United Methodist Women
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Community Action Agency
Be The Change
HOPE Community Services
OKC Metro Alliance
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