TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:
- Tulsa CARES is demolishing a building to make way for theCharles Faudree Center.
- The new facility is intended to help those living with HIV.
- The center is set to be completed in spring 2016.
A group in Tulsa is knocking down an old church building to begin work on a new center to benefit those living with HIV.
Tulsa CARES is working to build the Charles Faudree Center near 11th and Louisville Avenue in Tulsa.
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The new center will offer a place for HIV positive people living in Tulsa to have a safe haven and comfortable space, complete with an integrated wellness wing, support group spaces, an updated kitchen and expanded food pantry.
There are over 1,000 people living in Tulsa County with HIV and 5,000 people with the virus in Oklahoma. Tulsa CARES says the facility will help reduce trips to emergency rooms and repeat visits to the hospital, as well as help lift the strain on other social service agencies.
The building’s namesake, Charles Faudree, was a large supporter of Tulsa CARES. He died in 2013.
The building is set to be completed by spring 2016. Tulsa CARES is trying to raise $400,000 more in order to meet their $3,000,000 goal for the project.