• New program to give Tulsa's homeless chance to make money beautifying the city

    By: Greg Brown


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    • Tulsa launched A Better Way Wednesday.
    • The program will give people facing homelessness a chance to make money.
    • The program will run Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

    TULSA, Okla. - A new service in Tulsa wil give area homeless a way to make money and help the community.

    Officials from the city of Tulsa, the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma and the United Way launched the A Better Way Program Wednesday.

    The program is set to give people experiencing homelessness a chance to make a day's wages to beautify the community.

    The program is inspired by a similar program in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    The Better Way will make stops at areas in Tulsa known for panhandling and homelessness and give individuals the opportunity to participate in the program.

    Participants will be connected to services in the community, such as shelter, housing, mental health and addiction treatment and other services.

    The Tulsa Area United Way provided a grant to fund an employment specialist's involvement in the program.

    The Better Way van will provide random pickups throughout the city Mondays and Fridays starting at 7 a.m. On Wednesdays, participants will meet at 8 a.m. under the Better Way sign near Denver House at 252 West 17th Place.

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