Mike Brooks, anchor for OKC Fox 25 news, highlights the Carolyn Williams Center on the “Tell Me Something Good” segment. Click the link below to few the segment.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Neighborhood Services Organization has elected Roman Chavez, senior member relations specialist at Oklahoma Gas & Electric, as board chair for 2013-2014.
Other officers include Shawna Dixon, community volunteer, board chair-elect; Brian Knight, certified public accountant and senior associate with Eide Bailly, treasurer; Vicki Hill, technical analyst, American Fidelity Assurance, secretary; and D. Mike Robberson, senior vice president, Kirkpatrick Bank, past board chair.
New board members include Sue Alberti, senior vice president of marketing, Devon Energy; Susan Carr, psychologist, Moore Public Schools; J. Stephen Ford, executive vice president, Zahl-Ford; Jim Hunter, commercial real estate developer; Rose Royal, director of employee relations, compliance and recruiting, Oklahoma Gas & Electric; and Knight.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO) will be welcoming new officers and six new board members who will begin their term July 1. In addition, Roman Chavez, senior member relations specialist at Oklahoma Gas & Electric, took over as board chair for 2013-2014.
“Being first a volunteer as an apartment sponsor, I have seen firsthand how NSO positively impacts the lives of those who at one time thought they may be homeless forever,” said Brian Knight, new NSO board member. “I’m truly looking forward to serving on the board to be a direct link of building confidence among clients who come to NSO seeking a secure and safe environment for themselves and their children.”
NSO’s new board members include:
Sue Alberti, senior vice president of marketing, Devon Energy
Susan Carr, psychometrist, Moore Public Schools
J. Stephen Ford, executive vice president, Zahl-Ford
Jim Hunter, commercial real estate developer
Brian Knight, CPA and senior associate, Eide Bailly
Rose Royal, director of employee relations, compliance and recruiting, Oklahoma Gas & Electric
Officers for 2013 include:
Board Chair – Roman Chavez, senior member relations specialist, Oklahoma Gas & Electric
Board Chair Elect – Shawna Dixon, community volunteer
Board Treasurer – Brian Knight, CPA and senior associate, Eide Bailly
Board Secretary- Vicki Hill, technical analyst, American Fidelity Assurance
Immediate Past Board Chair – D. Mike Robberson, senior vice president, Kirkpatrick Bank
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By David Page
OKLAHOMA CITY – Neighborhood Services Organization plans to use a $100,000 grant from Impact Oklahoma for a new kitchen to teach life skills.
NSO was selected to receive one of the four grants issued by Impact Oklahoma annually.
White Fields of Edmond received a $100,000 grant for foster care expansion. Central Christian Camp and D-Dent both received $16,500 grants.
Impact Oklahoma City was founded in 2005 by a group of area women. The goal of the nonprofit group was to create one large gift for a nonprofit group that would make a substantial difference.
The first year Impact Oklahoma raised $106,000 – $1,000 each from 106 members. The $106,000 check was presented to Special Care Inc.
Impact Oklahoma has awarded grants annually since 2005 with all of the $1,000 in annual dues from each member allocated to the recipients.
Neighborhood Services will use its $100,000 grant to help residents of the Carolyn Williams Center. The center will have a new kitchen to learn basic life skills.
The new kitchen with 450 square feet will provide additional food storage and industrialized appliances to teach more young men how to prepare, cook and store their food. It will replace the CWC’s current residential-sized kitchen, which, after eight years of daily use by up to 20 guys, is no longer functional.
Residents of Carolyn Williams Center are men ages 18 to 23 who either aged out of foster care or were homeless.
“A meal to most of these guys comes from convenience stores or vending machines,” said Stacey Ninness, CEO and president of NSO. “This kitchen will teach them healthier and less-expensive options.”
NSO plans for local chefs and volunteers to teach the cooking class.
“Soon these young men will grow up and father children of their own,” Ninness said. “Knowing what to buy at a grocery store, how to use an oven and how to cook a meal are priceless.”
NSO serves at-risk and homeless people by providing housing and teaching skills. The programs include transitional housing for those who need help gaining independence, permanent supportive housing for homeless adults with a mental illness, rental assistance programs and an affordable dental clinic.
By Heather Warlick
Thanks to a group of 233 central Oklahoma women hoping to improve the lives of their fellow Oklahomans, some homeless young men soon will have a chance to learn a basic life skill — cooking. A new foster home will be built for abused and neglected boys. People in desperate need will receive dental care and people with disabilities will get to experience a specially designed challenge course.
Impact Oklahoma, a nonprofit organization dedicated to awarding grants to groups doing important civic work, recently announced its yearly grantees. Neighborhood Services Organization’s Carolyn Williams Center (a home for men 18 to 23 who have aged out of foster care or are homeless) and White Fields (a facility that cares for abused and neglected boys) each will be awarded $100,000 grants. D-Dent (Dentists for the Disabled and Elderly in Need of Treatment) and Central Christian Camp (a group that serves 550 campers with special needs) each will receive $16,500.
“There are so many deserving groups out there,” said Impact Oklahoma board member Sheryl McLain. “The process of awarding the grants was a very thoughtful, extensive and rewarding process.”
Four committees of Impact Oklahoma volunteers analyzed the 32 grant applications received this year and narrowed them down to the four winners.
At Neighborhood Services Organization’s Carolyn Williams Center, the plan for using the grant money is already set in motion with a rendering of a new 450 square foot industrial kitchen to replace the small, insufficient kitchen presently serving the group of about 20 young men.