The Norman Transcript

Headlines

August 31, 2013

Wings of Hope luncheon raises community awareness about homelessness

NORMAN — “Homelessness is not about statistics. It is about the people,” Food and Shelter Executive Director April Doshier said Friday at Food and Shelter’s Wings of Hope luncheon.

The event provided ‘food for thought’ with information about homelessness in Norman, success stories and Food and Shelter’s goals for the future.

Food and Shelter has been serving the community since 1983 and operates with the belief that as one team and one voice, the community can be unstoppable and make a true impact by preventing and overcoming homelessness.

In the past year, Food and Shelter has focused on creating programs that allow individuals to build skills so they can move forward in their lives. One such job initiative program is that of START (Skills Training And Resources For Tomorrw), which seeks to empower and encourage individuals to develop skills that will help them obtain jobs.

Food and Shelter recognizes that although the faces and stories of the homeless are different, the journey is the same and hope is central to living a fulfilled life. Because of this, Food and Shelter provides more than the basics. The organization fosters a sense of autonomy, so that the homeless believe in themselves.

Chris and Mark Boden, Food and Shelter residents, know the dedication of the Food and Shelter team and said they were both thankful because they had someone to lean on.

“Food and Shelter has done so much more for us than give us somewhere to stay. Since Food and Shelter, I have been sober for eight months. We thought we’d get married at city hall, but they decorated for our wedding and provided a meal,” Mark said.

“They even did my hair and makeup,” Chris said.

Luncheon attendee and frequent volunteer Becky Franklin said a lot of people have a hard time looking past the problems the homeless may have.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Norman firefighter performs Heimlich maneuver on Moore man after he chokes on food

    What started out as a normal night out for a Moore couple ended with them being thankful a firefighter was in the right place at the right time....

    July 22, 2014

  • Common Core repeal has state teachers worried about instruction

    OKLAHOMA CITY — With the Legislature’s repeal of tough, new English and math standards known as Common Core, education leaders said they’re concerned Oklahoma students will fall further behind their counterparts in more than 40 states ...

    July 22, 2014

  • 18-year-old killed; 72-year-old man, young boy injured

    Those involved in the wreck Friday near 136th Avenue and South Sooner Road were identified Monday by Oklahoma City police. Logan Rosado-Santoni, 18, was pronounced dead on the scene after the 4:30 p.m. multi-vehicle wreck. Two others were ...

    July 22, 2014

  • New AP program to begin in Norman

    NORMAN — Norman Public Schools Board of Education learned about Advanced Placement Capstone at a regular board meeting Monday....

    July 22, 2014

  • Rebels release train with bodies from jet

    HRABOVE, Ukraine — Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Gaza death toll passes 560

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A high-level attempt by the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state to end deadly Israel-Hamas fighting was off to a rough start Monday: Gaza’s Hamas rulers signaled they won’t agree to an unconditional ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Moore City Council paves way for Sam’s Club location

    MOORE — The Moore City Council approved a $5 million bond Tuesday to be repaid with sales tax and utility revenues. “A good amount of street improvements needs to be done,” Moore City Manager Steve Eddy said. “This will be paid for with ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Perry sending Guard troops to border

    AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally. ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Better weather to aid in fire fight

    SPOKANE, Wash. — Calmer winds and cooler temperatures were allowing firefighters to go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles of terrain in Washington State and is the largest in ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Gay, transgender workers gain U.S. bias protection

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the federal government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the “irrefutable ...

    July 22, 2014