George Kaiser Family Foundation Issues Grants in Oklahoma

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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 Services.

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 programs.

"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 Tulsa. …