The Norman Transcript

Opinion

March 9, 2014

A greater quality of life for all of our neighbors in Norman

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. until 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. 

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