The Norman Transcript

Letters

March 11, 2014

Norman came through

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

A few weeks ago, I sent out a plea for help; help to ensure all women and men living on the streets of Norman could have access to safe, warm shelter each night. 

You see, Food and Shelter has been providing emergency shelter during the winter and our space is not big enough to serve everyone who calls the streets of Norman their home. This winter has been unusually cold. Many nights the lows and wind chills were dangerous and we felt compelled to move everyone in out of the elements.

As we seemed to hit roadblocks for a long-term solution, we began to panic and reached out to our community for help. Thankfully, many people heard my plea and responded. Many businesses and individuals sent funds to help us pay for additional shelter space. We received many sleeping bags and blankets. Others showed up with coffee and hot soup. It was beautiful.

What many folks do not know is the mayor, Norman City Council and many city of Norman staff took a special interest giving not only their own personal funds to help support a temporary solution but directed a great amount of time and energy helping us find a long-term facility solution through the rest of winter.

Their work and ideas were realized when our friends at Journey Church opened their doors downtown to some of Norman’s neediest neighbors. From 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., they allow us to provide warmth to all of our friends on the streets who wish to come. You cannot imagine the relief this brings. 

Today, I want to take an opportunity to say thank you, Norman community. I especially want to thank Journey Church for opening their hearts and doors to us, but also the mayor, Norman City Council, City Manager Steve Lewis and both Linda Price and Lisa Krieg who are always our champions in this fight to build forever homes for every individual and family who finds themselves without a place to call home. 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters
  • Expansion effect evaluated

    Editor, The Transcript: The effect of the Medicaid expansion rejection and acceptance on hospitals’ uncompensated costs are now being evaluated....

    July 31, 2014

  • Community Action mostly closed due to cutbacks

    Editor, The Transcript: The Community Action, at 1155 E Main St. in Norman, for decades has served Cleveland County with the following everyday services: a food pantry, short-term housing for the homeless, providing rides for those without ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Nutritional article should be accurate

    I read with interest the July 13 article “Are low-carb diets really healthy?” by Cassidie Day. Unfortunately, a number of statements in this article were incorrect. The first problematic statement was, “Carbs are an essential nutrient ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Hospital story headline was too sensationalized

    Editor, The Transcript: On July 18, The Transcript ran a front page article with the headline “Lawsuit filed against Norman Regional — Civil suit alleges improper billing practices by NRH and contracted physicians groups.” As a first page ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Help better than commentary

    For the last seven years, I have helped run Hands Helping Paws, an animal welfare and rescue group that fosters Norman’s abandoned animals and advocates for spay and neuter initiatives to reduce our community’s problems with stray and ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Stick to the sports

    Editor, The Transcript: Why must we, especially us nice conservatives, be subjected to political commentary in a sports column? I hear/view Fox News routinely and find their coverage quite acceptable. I also hear/view CNN and MSNBC. I ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Corporation Commission should should evaluate quakes, fracturing

    Editor, The Transcript: Is your house at risk of being damaged in an earthquake because of fracking? Maybe. We’ve seen more earthquakes and tremors in Oklahoma seven months into 2014 than in the two previous years combined. At the same ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Norman can stop fracking before it escalates

    Editor, The Transcript: There are 163 fracked wells within Norman city limits. With growing attention to health and safety concerns, the city is considering changes to the existing oil and gas ordinance....

    July 27, 2014

  • We should be offended by things that matter

    Editor, The Transcript: I’m offended. Why you say? I live in the USA, in Norman — a great town. What could possibly offend me? I’ll tell you. It’s people that are offended by the most meaningless things (what to call an evergreen tree in ...

    July 27, 2014

  • James Garner will be missed

    Editor, The Transcript: Norman native son James Garner was a fine actor on stage, screen and television. I enjoyed the “Maverick” TV series and, in particular, the 1959 episode “The Strange Journey of Jenny Hill” in which the very popular ...

    July 25, 2014