Mission Statement
The mission of the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, Inc. is to provide a safe, healthy environment for people who are homeless and offer them opportunities and encouragement for achieving self-sufficiency.
Location
415 W ARCHER, TULSA, OK 74103
Hours
(Please fill in office hours, if appropriate)
Phone
918-583-5588
Web
http://www.tulsadaycenter.org
Executive Director
Sandra Lewis
990 Form
http://www.tulsadaycenter.org/documents/TDCH_990_2011.pdf
Established
1986

About the Day Center

An average of 400 people seek shelter and services each day at the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, which is the only day time shelter in Tulsa for people who are homeless or in need. We seek to protect the dignity of each person by providing food, warmth, shelter and safety to meet immediate and pressing needs.

We provide night shelter, case management, a free Nurses' Clinic, showers, restrooms, telephones, Community Voice Mail, a clothing room, mail services and a locked storage area. Eight case managers work one on one with clients to remove barriers to self-sufficiency. The Nurses' Clinic provides urgent care, TB testing, vision screening, health education and referrals to other health care resources.

History

The Day Center was created in 1986 by a group of concerned Tulsans seeking to provide a safe place for people who were homeless. Originally founded by Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry (TMM), the Day Center opened in January 1986 in a renovated warehouse at 210 N. Denver Ave. In 1990, the Night Shelter opened to provide overnight shelter for women, individuals with mental or physical illness and men over 55. In January 1995, the Day Center moved into a brand new 24,000 square foot facility. On June 1, 1999 the TMM Day Center for the Homeless became the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, Inc. The Day Center is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organization.

Programs

Day Center Services
8:00AM – 4:00PM

  • Restrooms
  • Shower and Toiletry Items
  • Laundry Services
  • Clothing Room
  • Mailing Address
  • Locked Storage
  • Bus Tokens for Work and
  • Medical Appointments
  • Beverages and Snacks
  • Case Management
  • Community Voice Mail
  • Telephone
  • Nurses' Clinic
  • Life Skills Classes
  • Onsite Access to Other
  • Services Providers

Night Shelter Services
5:00PM – 7:00AM

  • Dinner provided by local congregations
  • Sleeping Mat and Bedding

The Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Case Management

Clients work one on one with a Case Manager to identity their barriers to employment and housing. Case Managers provide resources and guidance to help a client develop an individual plan to return to an independent life.

The Day Center Case Management Staff consists of three General Case Managers, three Mental Health Case Managers and two Eviction Prevention Case Managers.

Community Voice Mail

Community Voice Mail provides personal voice mailboxes to clients. Having a personal phone number is crucial when filing out employment and housing applications. The voice mailbox is free and may be accessed from any telephone.

Day Center Clinic

The Clinic provides immediate medical care to people who are homeless. The Clinic is open Monday – Saturday mornings from 9:00 – 11:00AM, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:30PM and Wednesday evening from 4:30 – 7:30PM. Clients are seen on a first come, first served bases. All clients who sign up will be seen the same day.

Life Skills Classes

Life Skills Classes are offered twice per year as a means of breaking the cycle of re-entry into homelessness.

Topics Include:

  • Health Care
  • Housing
  • Employment Application
  • Resumes and Interviews
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Risk Prevention
  • Money Management
  • Decision Making

Onsite Access to Other Service Providers

Outreach services from organizations offering services that address the needs of clients are given office space at the Day Center free of charge.

These agencies include:

  • Social Security Administration
  • 12&12 Center for Addiction Treatment and Recovery
  • Tulsa Housing Authority
  • Family and Children's Services
  • Veterans Administration
  • Department of Human Services
  • Legal Aid Services of Eastern Oklahoma

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