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Supporting a New Street Team

Life is a gift. Sadly, for many in our community, life can quickly feel like less of a gift and more of a burden.
United Way of Central Oklahoma works with a wide network of local Partner Agencies to develop programs and solutions for our community’s most difficult health and human service challenges.

OMRF drug ‘a blessing’ for sickle cell patient

Since infancy, debilitating pain and the next hospital visit never strayed far from Danielle Jamison. That’s how life goes when you’re born with sickle cell disease, a life-threatening genetic disorder.

At least, that’s how life used to go. Soon, the 37-year-old South Carolina woman will mark four years since a drug born at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation first offered her relief.

A Veteran’s PTSD Recovery Story

Bryant Turnage served in the U.S. Army for 5 years. After being diagnosed with PTSD, he joined a horsemanship program at Oklahoma Baptist University. When that program shut down, his psychiatrist recommended finding another horsemanship program in light of the improvement he had already observed in Bryant.

That search brought Bryant to The Right Path’s Hooves on the Ground program for veterans and first responders. Before long, he had a unique bonding experience with Okie, a draft cross horse who is blind in one eye.

From Kids Cafe Helper to County Sheriff: Chris Dizer

Chris Dizer attended Humphrey’s Highland Elementary School as a child. There, he received afterschool Kids Cafe meals, provided by High Plains Food Bank, each weekday. One afternoon, he noticed the hard-working meal site coordinator and offered to volunteer his time to help serve meals. Chris was thankful for the dinner provided through Kids Cafe and wanted to give back. The Kids Cafe site coordinator allowed Chris to help her once he had eaten his dinner.

Advocate Makes Impact for Brothers Separated in Foster Care

Mark Skaggs became a CASA Volunteer in July 2021 and was immediately assigned a case with two boys who were living 2.5 hours apart. Within a few weeks of the case, Mark made plans to see both boys in their placements. He called one boy to introduce himself and get a feel for what he liked – turned out he loves race cars – so Mark went to the store and got him a car and a new soccer ball. Mark's visit with the boy was wonderful! They played for several hours and built great rapport.