Formerly homeless thankful for new homes

The Neighborhood Services Organization's Continuum of Care Program helps homeless people receive assistance with housing and bills. Thanks to the group, several people will celebrate Thanksgiving in a home of their own this year.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: November 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm •  Published: November 20, 2012
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A group of Oklahomans who were formerly homeless will celebrate Thanksgiving in new homes this year.

Thanks to Neighborhood Services Organization's Continuum of Care Program, homeless individuals can receive assistance with finding housing, bill paying, communication skills and budgeting.

“This year, I'm looking forward to having Thanksgiving dinner at my own apartment with my family,” said Desmond Davis in a news release. Davis was a resident of the Carolyn Williams Center, NSO's transitional housing program for former foster care youth. He was able to move into his own apartment this fall through NSO's continuum of care program.

“Being in the Carolyn Williams Center, I was thankful for meals with the guys, but it will be nice to eat (at home) on Thanksgiving Day,” he said.

Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO) is a nonprofit agency providing housing and health services to the homeless and low-income in Oklahoma.

Looking beyond survival

Stacey Ninness, CEO of NSO, said the organization's programs are about helping people plan, set and achieve goals that are not considered during a struggle for survival. The continuum of care program provides funds to pay a person's rent for up to two years.

“We want our program participants to obtain and remain in permanent housing,” Ninness said. “For an individual who has been chronically homeless, this can be overwhelming and that's why we're here to help.”

For more information about NSO's housing or continuum of care programs, services or volunteer opportunities call 236-0452 or visit www.nsookc.org.



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