EDMOND — A mother of three loaded her children and anything else that would fit in her car, left their home in Turpin and headed for Edmond, where she learned she could get her youngest daughter help with her hearing problems.
Terrie Jones, 36, said she knew she couldn't get her daughter Trysta the care she needed in Turpin, a Panhandle town of 467 people in Beaver County.
The family arrived in 2005 with few possessions and nowhere to stay. They ended up in an extended-stay motel.
Trysta has been deaf since birth. She is now 10 and a fifth-grader at Ida Freeman Elementary School. She has cochlear implants, a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing.
Things have changed over the last nine years. Trysta can hear now and is still trying to catch up with her speech. Her brother, James, 12, plays in the Central Middle School band and their older sister, Alexis, 19, graduated last year from Edmond Memorial High School. She is working and has moved on to her own place.
Jones is child care coordinator at First Presbyterian Church and taking classes at the University of Central Oklahoma to become an audiologist.
The family has come a long way from the day they rolled into Edmond.
Jones is now the proud owner of a home in Legacy Station, a neighborhood with 12 affordable homes nearing completion. She smiles as she looks around her four-bedroom house painted in colors chosen by each member of the family.
“There has been a lot of grace and love,” Jones said.
The neighborhood is a product of Turning Point Ministry, a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing in Edmond.