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 115 units of supportive and permanent 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?


Greg Dewey


Mach Resources


Chris Dunning

Ventus Investments


Amy Newberry, LPC

Restore OKC Counseling

Monique Short

Monarch Properties


Jim Trent



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Kori Hall

Frontline Church


Steve Payne

Insurance Placement Alternatives


Kim Rolston


W & W | AFCO Steel

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Mike Hankins

W & W | AFCO Steel


Zack Robinson

Bank of Oklahoma


Carole Tear


Chesapeake Energy

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Heather Scott

Continental Resources



Board of Directors

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Abraham Meza

Facilities Technician

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Amy Gillett

Development Director

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Adam Luck

Chief Executive Officer

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Barry Johnson

Kitchen Manager


Alex McBride

Hospitality Advocate

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Becky Rexach

Facilities Director


Charlie Bingham

Advocacy Team Lead

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Chris Taylor

Supportive Housing Advocate

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Chris White

Advocacy Team Lead

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Crystal Schultz

Manger of Employee Experience


Deb Harp-Packard

Advocacy Team Lead

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Dex Addams

Safety Advocate

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Amy Bruce

Whiz Kids Director


Cecille Haynes

Hospitality Advocate


Cornelius Coates

Advocacy Team Lead

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Edward Davis

Hospitality Advocate


Elisabeth Okeke

Housing Navigator


Emily Madison

Housing Navigator


Ginny Douthitt

Hospitality Advocate


Joshua Galdamez

Development Coordinator

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Kai Austin-Landreth

Accounting Assistant


Kasie Mason

Executive Assistant


Ian Apfelbaum

Assistant Director of Homeless Services

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Kesha Smith



Kristen Ross

Director of Supportive Communities

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Krystal English

Supportive Housing Advocate


Leann Davis

Chief Financial Officer


Lena Carter

Safety Advocate


Leslie Word

Grants Director


Maggie Hudson

Volunteer Coordinator

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Parisha Jones 

Hospitality Advocate


Rachel Freeman

Chief Operations Officer

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Shawn Loyd

Director of Homeless Services


Shysmika Johnson

Safety Advocate


Stephon Fletcher

Housing Navigator


Terrie Bryant 

Compliance Coordinator


Marlene White

Manager of Curriculum + Education

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Nikki Gibson

Grants Coordinator

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Santos Garcia

Facilities Team Lead


Shane McKee

Safety Advocate

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Staci Sanger

Chief Development Officer


Stephanie Challis

Hospitality Advocate

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Tom Knudsen

Director of Housing Navigation