A Way Home for Tulsa is hosting the first annual agency tour to acquaint new members, donors, public officials and other interested persons in learning more about our work. The three-hour event begins with a brief lunch presentation and visits to emergency shelters, outreach sites, and housing complexes.
A Way Home for Tulsa (AWH4T) is a collective impact of over 30 voting organizations that exists to plan and implement strategies that support a system of outreach, engagement, assessment, prevention and evaluation for those experiencing homelessness, or those persons at risk of homelessness, within Tulsa City/County.
Parking is available to the west of Iron Gate across from Tulsa County’s Family Center for Juvenile Justice, which owns the lot. Please park in the back of the lot, filling forward, so that Family Center clients have easy access.
11:45-12:00 Arrival & Iron Gate Welcome, Carrie Vesley Henderson
12:00-12:30 AWH4T Leadership Council Meeting & Lunch
12:30-12:35 Tour Welcome, Becky Gligo
12:35-12:40 Social Service Hub Overview, Shandi Campbell
12:40-12:45 Tour Logistics, Erin Velez
12:45-1:00 Load Buses
1:00-3:00 Agency Presentations & Tours
Iron Gate Tulsa is a soup kitchen and grocery pantry in downtown Tulsa. Iron Gate’s mission is simple: feed the hungry of Tulsa every day. People eat food from Iron Gate in three ways: through their soup kitchen, grocery pantry and Kids Pantry. People who eat at Iron Gate are called guests because they are invited to eat. Iron Gate’s philosophy is that everyone is a guest on Earth, and guests treat one another with courtesy, kindness and respect.
Tulsa Day Center’s top priority is seeing to a client’s basic needs: shelter, food, clothing and bathing. Toward this priority Tulsa Day Center provides rapid rehousing services, emergency shelter, medical assistance and legal aid.
Youth Services of Tulsa serves Tulsa’s at-risk youth and families who are experiencing homelessness. In operation since 1969, YST’s main focus is on youth, ages 12-24, and they are the only non-profit organization in Tulsa solely based on adolescents and young adults.
BeHeard Movement is a non-profit helping those experiencing homelessness with a mobile drop-in center. BeHeard provides showers, laundry service, haircuts, clothing, hygiene care, case management and job opportunities. BeHeard works to minimize barriers and restore those experiencing homelessness back into the community.
The Landlord and Tenant Resource Center (LTRC) operates the Social Services Hub, Monday-Thursday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at Iron Gate. LTRC launched in October 2020 to provide free services in legal information, pro bono referrals and provides information to help both landlords and tenants understand their rights.
City Lights Foundation of Oklahoma is a non-profit organization that grew out of Night Light Tulsa, which began offering services and basic needs to people under a downtown bridge in 2013. Night Light Tulsa remains one of the group’s largest programs. City Lights Foundation continues to fill gaps with additional programing that brings hope, dignity and restoration through relationships.
Tulsa Housing Authority (THA) provides publicly assisted housing comprised of traditional public housing, mixed-finance sites and housing vouchers. THA currently provides assistance to more than 20,000 individuals, or 7,200 families. THA is the second-largest public housing authority in Oklahoma and is governed by a five-member board of commissioners, which establishes policies, approves budgets and provides general direction to THA staff.
Mental Health Association Oklahoma (MHATOK) provides housing; mental health education; support groups; pro bono counseling; mental health screening and referra; suicide prevention; peer-to-peer recovery services; employment readiness; community health and wellness initiatives, and criminal justice advocacy. MHATOK is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing health disorders and achieving victory over mental illness through advocacy, education, research, service and housing.