|Updated: 6/10/2013 1:41 pm
||Published: 6/08/2013 10:15 pm
For 25 years the Tulsa Daycenter for the Homeless has been offering shelter, care and hope for homeless men, women and children.
On Saturday, as part of the FOX23 Charity Spotlight, FOX23 had the opportunity to help the shelter pack up items that are key to self-sufficiency and getting people back on their feet.
When James McGhee came to Tulsa the streets were the only place he could call home.
“I got off the bus, I spent one night on the street,” he said.
His life changed when a friend told him about the Tulsa Daycenter for the Homeless.
“I’m happy they were here and people could help,” he said.
After 4 months at the shelter they helped him find a job and his own apartment.
“It’s real nice, quiet, peaceful,” he described.
Once people get back on their feet the shelter works to make sure that they stay there and all of these items are part of that success.
“We found that having those household items helps people remain self-sufficient longer,” said Debra Dester, the volunteer coordinator for the Daycenter.
FOX23 helped with a housewarming project, loading up cardboard boxes with can openers, a pot and frying pan, a set of sheets, blankets, shower curtains, towels, alarm clocks, calendars.
“All of these items are donated by members of the public. Everyday items we take for granted, but when people get off the streets, and back into a home, they often have none of these things,” said Dester.
Dester said they make a big difference.
“Getting a key to an empty apartment doesn’t really make you self-sufficient. You have to be able to cook for yourself, have a place to sleep, a place to shower, something that belongs to you,” she said.
Because of the guidance, and these items, James has an apartment that finally feels like home.
“I could have never done it on my own,” said McGhee.
The Tulsa Daycenter for the Homeless serves more than 15,000 people annually.