Restore Hope Ministries financial aid.

Several programs from Restore Hope Ministries focus on the low income and less fortunate in Tulsa. The charity offers rent help from the Homeless Prevention Initiative as well as free food to prevent hunger. Other seasonal serves are provided from the Ministry as well, such as free school supplies or clothing.

Homeless prevention includes emergency money from Restore Hope Ministries to help tenants that are behind on their rent. The funds are focused at people in Tulsa County that have had a recent reduction in income, either from a loss of their job or cut back in their work hours. The program is known as the Homeless Prevention Initiative, and in some cases funds may be used to prevent an eviction.

The funds from the charity can also be used to get homeless people back into some short of low income apartment. So there may be money used for paying security deposits. Any type of financial aid from the church will be combined with housing support and ongoing advice, so clients will hopefully be able to prevent homelessness in the future as well.

Bridge housing will help the formerly homeless transition back to a stable environment. This is offered in partnership with local non-profits and government agencies, and Restore Hope Ministries will help people that are transitioning from short-term sheltering to independent living. The program includes budget creation, one-on-one counseling, and case management. All barriers to accessing, and retaining, housing will be addressed through this transitional service. For information on rent programs, a hotline is answered Monday - Wednesday from 9am-12pm and Thursday. 9am-11am.  The phone number is 918-878-7999.

Children and families in poverty in Tulsa County can receive free food or hot meals. Thousands of residents are assisted each year in the region, and Restore Hope Ministries and its partners feed the hungry.

There may be meals delivered to seniors and the home bound, as this is also key to reducing hunger in the community. The pantries always need donations and the help for volunteers, so please give back to the ministry if possible. They help with food Monday - Thursday from 1130-330pm. Restoere Hope asks that people bring in their photo ID, SSN cards for each household member, and a bill or piece of mail with name and address (in Tulsa County) that is dated with in the last 60 days.





Seasonal assistance is offered at the appropriate time of the year. Many families and low income families in Tulsa County can provide basic needs for themselves through most of the year, but special events, such as around Christmas or Thanksgiving, add additional expenses to their budgets.

Restore Hope can offer free school supplies to children, ranging from clothes to shoes and boots. There are also hundreds of Thanksgiving meals served in Tulsa County, and another service are the HouseKeeping Kits with basic cleaning supplies. Free Christmas gifts, toys, and meal baskets are offered at Christmas time too. The free school supply programs runs during the first week of August.

During the hot Oklahoma summer, free fans or AC units may be passed out to the elderly or ill. This will help keep homes warm, and maybe even save a life. In some cases, the ministry can also offer funds for an overdue electric bill, though this will be limited.

The charity has established partnerships to address employment barriers. This will be a seamless, "no-fail," job training  system for adults, seniors, veterans, and dislocated workers in Tulsa. Restore Hope Ministries staff will work with the clients on needs such as GED assistance, post-secondary preparation, and even try to help them find paid work experience in the community.

Hope Promotion is a form of counseling and guidance. This will not only refer the client to local services for their financial needs, but it also touches on spiritual guidance and other care services. This may help get the less fortunate on a stable path.

For more information, or to donate, the programs are possible only through donations and volunteers. So to apply for help from Restore Hope Ministries, or to give back and donate, the main office is at 2960 Charles Page Blvd, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74127. Phone - 918-836-HELP.



By Jon McNamara

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