Tulsa agency helps veterans find homes
A group working to combat homelessness among veterans in the Tulsa area has surpassed the goal it set for the end of 2015.
United Methodist-related Restore Hope Ministries is among the 23 partner agencies working together in the Zero: 2016 effort.
The group, which is called "A Way Home for Tulsa," announced that it found housing for 298 veterans in 2015, surpassing its goal of 290. The group also housed 78 other people experiencing chronic homelessness.
"I have never seen this level of strategy and collaboration among Tulsa-area nonprofits, and the number of individuals experiencing homelessness we were able to house is simply incredible," said Jeff Jaynes, executive director of Restore Hope and chairman of A Way Home for Tulsa.
"We have a moral obligation to make sure those who served our country do not find themselves without a home."
"I like to describe it as a boat with a hole in the bottom that is filling with water," Jaynes said. "Housing our homeless neighbors is like emptying water from the boat."