We believe that when we look at history, repent in word and action and move forward together we can change the fabric of community. We aren’t interested in repeating our failures, we want to work toward a different future. Just this year, 750 students in Northeast Oklahoma City built relationships with more than 200 school support volunteers who loved and served teachers with every ounce they had in them. We fed lunch to teachers, brought coffee, surrounded their classes with support, brought in teacher training, made sure supplies were plentiful, built out a uniform closet and committed to not letting any kid from our community experience the shame of being dirty at school by putting a laundry facility in place.
We’ve watched more than 500 volunteers paint homes, plant gardens, and repair roofs. We have spent time sitting together & listening. We have gardened together every Friday and shared meals. We believe that building relationships that transcend barriers enriches the lives of everyone involved. We think this is where the real work lies to interrupt the cycle of poverty, crime, and lack of education and improve the odds for all students without seeing the negative impacts of gentrification.