The George Kaiser Family Foundation has approved grants to more
than 100 Tulsa-area social service agencies.
The foundation also announced $150,000 in grants for Oklahoma
City nonprofit agencies.
In the Tulsa area, the foundation will distribute a total of $6.6
million with 34 organizations receiving matching grant challenges.
More than $2.6 million was allocated for community health
initiatives, $2.3 million for human services and more than $1.6
million for benefit education and youth development programs.
"These are extremely difficult times for thousands of families in
our community, as people struggle with basic needs like food,
shelter, health care and other critical services," said Ken Levit,
executive director of George Kaiser Family Foundation. "At the same
time, these individuals and families, in addition to the charitable
agencies that serve them, are suffering from cutbacks in public
assistance caused by shortfalls at the local and state level."
Tulsa-area agencies receiving funding include Community Service
Council, Crosstown Learning Center, Domestic Violence Intervention
Services, Eastern Oklahoma Donated Dental Services, Emergency Infant
Services, Family and Children's Services, Girl Scouts of Eastern
Oklahoma Project M.E.N.D., Good Samaritan, Mental Health Association
in Tulsa, Parent Child Center, Rebuilding Together Tulsa, Tulsa
Women and Children's Center, Legal Aid Services and Life Senior
Family and Children's Services will receive a grant of $425,000
to help support school-based mental health services, a children's
mental health clinic, the Mobile Crisis for Kids program, child
psychiatry, the hiring of a child trauma specialist, an early
childhood program and integrated health and substance abuse
"Several Oklahomans suffer from mental health issues. Family and
Children's services promotes the well-being and mental health of all
Oklahoma families," said Gail Lapidus, executive director of Family
and Children's Services. "We work hard every day to provide children
and families with the treatment they require."
The Tulsa Women and Children's Center will receive a matching
grant of $73,000. The donation will be used to support the child
care program and the program's equipment needs.
A $155,000 grant to Rebuilding Together Tulsa will be used for
home repairs for 40 homeowners in the Hawthorne and Kendall-
Whittier neighborhoods. Repairs include a new roof, energy-
efficiency improvements, paint, wheelchair ramps, secure door locks
or other needed repairs.
"With additional support, Rebuilding Together Tulsa will provide
safe, secure and weatherproof homes for those in need," said
Jennifer Barcus-Schafer, executive director of Rebuilding Together