In 1973, Ruth Wynne and Betty Adams, lovingly known as “Sister Ruth” and “Sister Betty,” opened what's become one of Oklahoma City's most recognizable shelters. The Jesus House began as a place where the homeless, mentally ill and addicted could find a warm meal and a roof over their head. Forty years later, they still can. Jesus House is still following in the footsteps of its founders. Although Sister Ruth and Sister Betty have passed away, members of the board of directors are excited about the leadership of our new executive director, Rick Denny, who's brought a vision for the future while fulfilling the legacy of the past.
Jesus House has started an Adopt-A-Block program in which staff and volunteers go door-to-door in the neighborhoods. Instead of waiting for them to show up at the shelter's doors, we're reaching out to the community in order to meet their needs. Jesus House has 85 available beds and provides more than 10,000 meals a month. Free clothing and groceries are distributed weekly to more than 300 people.
The board wants to thank Oklahoma City for 40 years of support, 40 years of prayers, 40 years of encouragement and 40 years of enabling us to be your hands and your feet on behalf of the hurting. We ask that you continue to walk beside us. Together we will carry the torch and the love of Sister Ruth and Sister Betty.
Jay McCurry, Oklahoma City
The above letter was also signed by Larry Davenport, Steven Earp, Cynthia Rolfe, Jeffrey Taylor and Michael Wong.