Please Welcome Our New Director
I'm excited to be picking up where Dave left off. My first opportinity to do so will be our annual Thanksgiving day meal basket food drive. Starting October 1st we will be putting together our Thanksgiving Meal baskets. This year we plan to give out 400 baskets to families in Central Oklahoma so we need your help! We will be accepting donations of non perishable food items (green beens, corn, instant mashed potatoes, etc.). We could also use financial donations to go toward purchasing the Turkeys. If you have any questions please call the mission center or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The strength of our mission comes from your generosity. Thank you for being faithful to helping meet the needs of others in our area.
We will remain open and committed to serving the community during this difficult time. There will be limited access to the food pantry, so please be patient with us when you come by for assistance.
We are a publicly-supported, non-profit focused on meeting the needs of a hurting world. We do this primarily through giving food to the hungry and providing transitional housing for the homeless.
400,000 Oklahomans live in extreme poverty.
648,000 Oklahomans live with food insecurity.
The need to feed the hungry in Oklahoma is extremely great. Each of those numbers represents people who struggle to find food to eat each day. Not only are some Oklahomans struggling with hunger, there are several thousand unable to find adequate housing. According to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, "Oklahoma had an estimated 3,944 experiencing homelessness on any given day. Of that Total, 300 were family households, 280 were Veterans, 322 were unaccompanied young adults (aged 18-24), and 954 were individuals experiencing chronic homelessness." Without the stability of living in a home, most of these people are unable to take the needed steps to get out of their desperate situation.
We are dedicated to doing our part to help the hungry and homeless in central Oklahoma because we know the need is great.
In 2019 we distributed food to 5,609 households representing approximately 296,352 meals.
360 families were given utility assistance.
141 families were given gasoline vouchers for Dr. appointments and job interviews.
84 families received non-narcotic prescription medications.
180 families were given thanksgiving baskets including: a turkey or chicken, stuffing, vegetables, bread, and other fixings to provide a nice meal for each member of the family. Thank you to all the churches, businesses, and individuals who gave to make this possible.
Additionally we provided Christmas gifts for 493 children as well.
Our invitation to you is to come see the need for your self. In one short visit you can see the impact we are having in the lives of the hungry and homeless. You could help someone load up their groceries or talk to one of our transitional housing residents. Our staff would like to show you around and help you see the need in Central Oklahoma.
The main way we meet the need in our community is through our food pantry. Those in need are allowed to come visit the pantry once a month and pick out the food that best meets the needs of their family. The amount of food they receive is based on the number of people in their home. Our food pantry only operates with your help. We operate entirely off of the generosity of people like you. Without you, there would be no Mission Norman.
Another way we meet the need is our transitional housing. We now have four homes that serve as transitional housing to families in need. These living facilities are for homeless families with children. The residents may live in the facilities for up to12 months. Once they find employment, we encourage them to start saving money for when they move out.
We aim to help our transition housing residents with life skills such as how to find a job, keep a job, care for themselves, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. There will be onsite staff to ensure the residents’ well-being. The community will be gated and guests must be added to the approved visitor’s list 48 hours before the visit.
To live in the transitional housing facilities, residents must be free of alcohol, and drugs. Residents will receive a background check before being admitted to the facilities. If the residents have been committed of a felony or are found to be a sexual predator, they will not be admitted to the living facilities. Mission Norman will do everything within its power to guarantee a safe living facility.
In 2018 we helped 34 families and their children through our transitional housing program.
If you have questions about the transitional homes, wish to apply for future residency or wish to support the transitional homes, please contact Mission Norman using one of the methods listed at the bottom of this page or you may donate online.
Mission Norman is open and in need of volunteers during the following times:
Monday 10:00 - 11:00 12:00 - 2:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 12:00 - 2:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 12:00 - 2:00
Thursday 2:00 - 5:00
Friday 10:00 - 12:00
We currently have these list of volunteer needs:
Answering the phone
Checking in clients for food using our computer
Working in the pantry helping clients with food
Helping maintain the grounds with mowing, edging and general clean-up