About Us

City Care exists to do the work few others are willing to do.

 

We believe in the intrinsic value of every person. It is with love and compassion we advocate for the overlooked in our community. We provide food for the hungry, relief for the hurting, and hold space for complete restoration of lives that have gotten off course. With enough endurance, we witness, firsthand, remarkable stories of transformation.

 

City Care was founded when a few friends simply did the next right thing, and followed a calling on their lives to offer a weekly breakfast to neighbors experiencing homelessness.

While providing immediate relief to suffering will always be a part of what City Care does, we couldn't help but grieve the human potential lost to intergenerational cycles of substance use disorder, incarceration, and poverty. So many that we were serving with weekly meals shared similar stories of origin. They experienced the same kinds of family trauma, had the same kinds of unmet mental, physical and spiritual needs, and when we looked far enough back, we found many of them had not been successful in school. 

 

So what could we do about it? Could we stop these cycles in their tracks?

 

In order to do something different, one has to see something different. Mentorship is widely accepted as the most effective intervention to intergenerational poverty and low academic achievement, and so, after one year of serving meals to our friends experiencing homelessness, we replicated a tutoring program from Denver we learned about, and Whiz Kids was born. Through this unique blend of nonprofit, neighborhood schools and churches working together on behalf of Oklahoma City’s most vulnerable children, we serve more than 800 students each week, in one-to-one character and literacy-focused mentorship. After one year in our program, students erase any achievement gap caused by life’s circumstances, scoring an average of 32 points higher than their counterparts on state-administered reading tests.

 

We believe the home is the heartbeat of the family. It should be a sanctuary, a place of deep rest, discovery, and healing. And to that end, we have added to our programming 112 units of permanent, supportive housing for our neighbors transitioning out of homelessness. In peer-supported community, our residents are given a safe space to exhale. Lives are redeemed, and stories are renewed. Due to the high housing cost burden, our units are always full. We have plans to build more, envisioning a city where all know the safety, security and joy of home. 

And in 2021, we opened Oklahoma City's only permanent low-barrier night shelter. Our shelter offers men, women, families and pets a safe place of respite, where they can rest easy tonight, and begin the courageous work of addressing the root causes of their homeless experience and transitioning back into stable housing. 

 

Our work is far from finished. Join us, won’t you?

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Greg Dewey

Chairman

Mach Resources

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Chris Dunning

Ventus Investments

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Amy Newberry, LPC

Restore OKC Counseling

Monique Short

Monarch Properties

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Jim Trent

Chair-Elect

BancFirst

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Kori Hall

Frontline Church

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Steve Payne

Insurance Placement Alternatives

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Kim Rolston

Secretary

W & W | AFCO Steel

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Mike Hankins

W & W | AFCO Steel

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Zack Robinson

Bank of Oklahoma

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Carole Tear

Treasurer

Chesapeake Energy

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Jonathan Middlebrooks

Skyline Church

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Heather Scott

Continental Resources

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Chris Zach

CBRE

Staff

Board of Directors

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Abraham Meza

Facilities Technician

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Amy Gillett

Development Director

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Charlie Bingham

Advocacy Team Lead

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Adam Luck

Chief Executive Officer

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Barry Johnson

Kitchen Manager

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Chris Taylor

Supportive Housing Advocate

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Crystal Schultz

Manger of Employee Experience

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Alex McBride

Hospitality Advocate

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Becky Rexach

Facilities Director

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Chris White

Advocacy Team Lead

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Amy Bruce

Whiz Kids Director

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Cecille Haynes

Hospitality Advocate

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Cornelius Coates

Advocacy Team Lead

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Deb Harp-Packard

Advocacy Team Lead

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Dex Addams

Safety Advocate

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Edward Davis

Hospitality Advocate

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Elisabeth Okeke

Housing Navigator

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Emily Madison

Housing Navigator

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Joshua Galdamez

Development Coordinator

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Kai Austin-Landreth

Accounting Assistant

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Kasie Mason

Executive Assistant

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Ian Apfelbaum

Assistant Director of Homeless Services

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Kesha Smith

Accountant

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Kristen Ross

Director of Supportive Communities

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Krystal English

Supportive Housing Advocate

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Leann Davis

Chief Financial Officer

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Lena Carter

Safety Advocate

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Leslie Word

Grants Director

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Maggie Hudson

Volunteer Coordinator

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Parisha Jones 

Hospitality Advocate

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Rachel Freeman

Chief Operations Officer

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Marlene White

Manager of Curriculum + Education

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Nikki Gibson

Grants Coordinator

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Roshawnda Johnson 

Hospitality Advocate

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Shane McKee

Safety Advocate

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Shawn Loyd

Director of Homeless Services

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Shysmika Johnson

Safety Advocate

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Stephon Fletcher

Housing Navigator

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Taylor Skaggs

Hospitality Advocate

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Staci Sanger

Chief Development Officer

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Stephanie Challis

Hospitality Advocate

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Terrie Bryant 

Compliance Coordinator

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Tom Knudsen

Director of Housing Navigation

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Abraham Meza

Facilities Technician

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Amy Gillett

Development Director

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Charlie Bingham

Advocacy Team Lead

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Daniel Strubhar

Maintenance Supervisor

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Adam Luck

Chief Executive Officer

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Barry Johnson

Kitchen Manager

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Chris White

Advocacy Team Lead

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Alex McBride

Hospitality Advocate

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Becky Rexach

Facilities Director

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Cornelius Coates

Advocacy Team Lead

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Deb Harp-Packard

Advocacy Team Lead

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Dex Addams

Safety Advocate

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Amy Bruce

Whiz Kids Director

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Cecille Haynes

Hospitality Advocate

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Crystal Schultz

Manger of Employee Experience

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Edward Davis

Hospitality Advocate

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Elisabeth Okeke

Housing Navigator

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Kasie Mason

Executive Assistant

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Ian Apfelbaum

Assistant Director of Homeless Services

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Kesha Smith

Accountant

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Leann Davis

Chief Financial Officer

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Lena Carter

Safety Advocate

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Marlene White

Manager of Curriculum + Education

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Nikki Gibson

Grants Coordinator

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Roshawnda Johnson 

Hospitality Advocate

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Shane McKee

Safety Advocate

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Staci Sanger

Chief Development Officer

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Stephanie Challis

Hospitality Advocate

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Joshua Galdamez

Development Coordinator

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Kristen Ross

Director of Supportive Communities

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Kai Austin-Landreth

Accounting Assistant

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Krystal English

Supportive Housing Advocate

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Leslie Word

Grants Director

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Maggie Hudson

Volunteer Coordinator

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Parisha Jones 

Hospitality Advocate

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Rachel Freeman

Chief Operations Officer

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Shawn Loyd

Director of Homeless Services

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Shysmika Johnson

Safety Advocate

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Stephon Fletcher

Housing Navigator

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Taylor Skaggs

Hospitality Advocate

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Terrie Bryant 

Compliance Coordinator

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Tom Knudsen

Director of Housing Navigation