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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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Jim Trent

Chairman

BancFirst

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Kori Hall

Frontline Church

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Heather Scott

Continental Resources

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Carole Tear

Chair-Elect

Chesapeake Energy

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Mike Hankins

W & W | AFCO Steel

Monique Short

Monarch Properties

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Steve Payne

Treasurer

Insurance Placement Alternatives

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Chris Dunning

Ventus Investments

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Amy Newberry, LPC

Restore OKC Counseling

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Zack Robinson

Bank of Oklahoma

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Chris Zach

CBRE

Staff

Board of Directors

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Abraham Meza

Facilities Technician

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Becky Rexach

Director of Property Management

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Adam Luck

Chief Executive Officer

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Cecille Haynes

Hospitality Advocate

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Amy Bruce

Whiz Kids Director

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Charlie Bingham

Advocacy Team Lead

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Cornelius Coates

Supportive Housing Advocate

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Dex Addams

Safety Advocate

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Edward Davis

Hospitality Advocate

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Ian Apfelbaum

Assistant Director of Homeless Services

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Jaime Jones

Housing Navigator

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Kasie Mason

Executive Assistant

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Kesha Smith

Accountant

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Joshua Galdamez

Development Coordinator

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Kristen Ross

Director of Supportive Communities

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Krystal English

Supportive Housing Advocate

Leann Davis-Treadway

Chief Financial Officer

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Lena Carter

Safety Advocate

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Lisa Carbajal

Advocacy Team Lead

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Lydia Foxen

Director of Mobile Outreach and Engagement

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Maggie Hudson

Volunteer Coordinator

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Nikki Gibson

Grants Coordinator

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Shawn Loyd

Director of Homeless Services

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Stephanie Challis

Hospitality Advocate

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Rachel Freeman

Chief Operations Officer

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Shysmika Johnson

Safety Advocate

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Stephon Fletcher

Housing Navigator

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Roshawnda Johnson

Hospitality Advocate

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Shalonda Phillips-Edwards

Supportive Housing Advocate

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Taylor Skaggs

Hospitality Advocate

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Barry Johnson

Kitchen Manager

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Charles Wilson

Documentation Specialist

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Evan Waid

Whiz Kids Coordinator

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Kai Austin-Landreth

Accounting Clerk

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Krista Hughes

Director of Development

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Leslie Word

Grants Director

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Marlene White

Manager of Curriculum + Education

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Shane McKee

Safety Advocate

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Staci Sanger

Chief Development Officer

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Terrie Bryant 

Compliance Coordinator

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Tom Knudsen

Director of Housing Navigation

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