Fostering More Hope

Laura WickizerUncategorized

A small boy (age three) and his brother (age seven) were both placed in DHS custody in April. The children were living with their Mother in a shed in Muskogee. The father was not in their lives. The shed had no running water and no electricity. During the springtime months, the weather gets down into the 40’s and can be … Read More

Firestation #3- Okmulgee

Laura WickizerUncategorized

Line Dancing has played a pivotal role in the senior programming within the Parks and Recreation Department. For years, weekly classes have been held at the Kiwanis Senior Center and the Hatbox Dance Building. These classes have continued to be popular; encouraging activity, exercise, fun, and socializing among the retired 55+ age demographic. Currently, these classes are being held at … Read More

Kelly B. Todd Therapy

Laura WickizerUncategorized

Kelly B. Todd Center staff have many wonderful stories to share about the children that come to our specialized therapy services.JL was born three months premature at 1 lb. 11 oz. by cesarean delivery. He was in the hospital for five months after his very early birth and he and the medical staff fought for his life. He was later … Read More

Rougher Summer Pride- Muskogee Public Schools

Laura WickizerUncategorized

We have many great things going on in Summer Pride, but parent in particular expressed her gratitude for the program this year. Her daughter, Sarah, has been attending for the past four years. She has seen great gains and positive impacts from her participation. A shy young lady, Sarah has been overcome and come out of her shell. She found … Read More

CASA For Children, Inc.

Laura WickizerUncategorized

CASA’s mission of providing advocacy for abused/ neglected children greatly improves the chances of placing a child in a safe and permanent home. Children in long term Foster care are more likely to have problems associated with the lack of a stable home and caretaker. Our focus is on the long term health and well being of the child which … Read More

Adams Pro Tour Golf Tournament

Laura WickizerUncategorized

APT Golf Tournament – REAL Okie Championship. The grant provided support for the first APT Tournament in Muskogee. The APT tournament is host to up and coming professional golfers who hope to play in the PGA, and conducts professional golf tournaments in six states. Each tournament emulates a PGA tour week; practice rounds, parties, youth clinic, a pro-am and a … Read More

Hatbox Hangar Redevelopments

Laura WickizerUncategorized

The Hangar Redevelopment Project included improvements to re-purpose two hangar buildings for multipurpose use and serve the livestock events. The primary improvements include electrical, lighting, water extensions, window repairs, new doorway entries, office and meeting room renovations and restrooms. These improvements and purchase of small animal pens and cattle tie-outs allowed for the annual county and regional livestock shows to … Read More

Muskogee Teen Center

Laura WickizerUncategorized

Muskogee Teen Center received this grant for the purpose of providing a safe, supervised environment for Muskogee youth to have recreation and enrichment opportunities during their out of school hours. The program is to operate year round with expanded hours during summer and school breaks. In some of the other sections I told about the challenges we have had with … Read More

Dream Team Programs at the MLK Center

Laura WickizerUncategorized

The Dream Team Youth Programs at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center include the After School, Summer Learning and Night Hoops programs. The goals are to provide academic support during the school year and through the summer and to provide safe evening activities for community youth on summer weekends. Tutoring, homework assistance, and summer enrichment lessons boost academic achievement, … Read More

Neighbors Building Neighborhoods Program Manager

Laura WickizerUncategorized

For programs to effectively meet needs in the community, there must be structure and coordination of staff and resources as well as a process for program review and outcome evaluation. When program staff are immersed in the day to day operations of each program, it can be difficult to manage these macro-level priorities. Thus, NBN (Neighbors Building Neighborhoods) employs a … Read More