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Jesus House launches new 'adoption' program

Rick Denny, the Jesus House's executive director, said the shelter's recent block party helped launch a program aimed at reaching out to people who live in neighborhoods near the Jesus House in Oklahoma City.
by Carla Hinton Published: May 5, 2012

At the recent block party, visitors were treated to entertainment by students from Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Moore and free hot dogs and chips. Attendees were encouraged to register and show proof that they lived in the targeted neighborhoods. Those who provided proof of address were given tickets that allowed them to participate in a vision clinic sponsored by Feed The Children and receive boxes of groceries from the nonprofit group.

A prayer room where people gathered to pray for visitor's needs was manned by members of Faith Church, also known as Faith Tabernacle. Representatives of Habitat for Humanity and Guiding Right also were on hand, with Guiding Right conducting free HIV/AIDS testing. Free children's clothing, Aeropostale jeans and Nike shoes also were distributed to residents of the targeted neighborhoods.

Denny said the vision clinic proved to be a huge draw, with people standing in a lengthy line for a free eye exam and eyeglasses in one of the shelter's warehouses.

Tom Park, Feed The Children medical missions director, said people were given eye exams then fitted for eyeglasses. He said many of them were excited to obtain a new pair of eyeglasses at no cost.