Food and Resource Center: The Mission has provided food to families since 1972. A few years ago we upgraded our food program to a client choice model, which allows the families we serve to choose the items they want or need the most, allowing them their dignity in a tough situation. With support from grants and the partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, we became the first Food Resource Center in Oklahoma. Our partnership with Walmart allows us to offer fresh produce and frozed meat to our clients, and allows us to cut waste in our community. We also offer canned and frozen foods, as well as hygiene items in a friendly, non-judgmental atmosphere. Volunteers assist clients with their shopping and also provide much needed emotional support.
S.P.A.R.K. (Support Program of Arts and Reading for Kids): an after-school program that provides a safe, accessible place for area children grades K-5 to go after school. Volunteers from the community act as mentors and tutors and assist them in completing homework assignments and increasing their reading skills. Other activities include crafts, games, recreations, computer time and writing. The program focus is for children who attend Kaiser elementary, however, enrollment is open to any child in need. During the summer months SPARK extends to an all day program. The focus still remains on reading skills, but the kids also take weekly field trips.The goal of this program is to instill hope and confidence in the youth of Oklahoma. The children are given the tools they need to succeed in an ever demanding world. The Urban Mission believes that financial instability in the family should never keep a student from receiving the proper tools to participate in school and succeed in life.
The Back-to-School program: The Urban Mission works to ensure that all students are able to participate in school with the proper tools to succeed. Having school supplies and backpacks are luxuries that lower income families cannot afford, thus “free” education takes a back seat to more immediate needs. We provide low-income students with the same school supplies as their peers so that they can start off in school with the same tools as everyone else.
Santa Store: Each year we provide a shopping experience for parents in our community so that they can choose gifts for their children. Children enjoy pictures with Santa, Christmas movies, and crafts while their parents are shopping.