The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club is a youth organization operated by the Salvation Army and affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. They offer an environment where youth members can come and enjoy themselves in being involved in social, recreational, educational, and leadership programs. The programs are directed by qualified staff who help young people with the issues they face in everyday life. Serves all youth ages 7 to 17 years old. Monday through Friday, 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
Operated by Community Action Agency, the center offers daily programs that focus on drug counseling. There are also prevention programs for parents and youth. Specific programs include: Individual, group, and family counseling, special counseling in women's issues and parenting, specialized support group counseling and after care. Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Each of the five 4-H Clubs is available to youth residing in OCHA apartments and houses. A garden is cultivated at each site. The youth work on the garden with help from the County Extension Horticulturalists, volunteers from the Extension Master Garden Program and adult residents. In addition to garden programs, 4-H Clubs also provide sewing classes.
The Redlands Council of Girl Scouts have committed themselves to developing troops in all five of the Authority's family developments. We see this as a very positive activity for these girls. Girl Scout programs offer girls an opportunity to expand their horizons.
The objectives are to "motivate, and educate the girls to develop their self-esteem so that they can become decision making adults." Troops meet weekly.
The Oklahoma City/County Health Department developed a visiting nurse program that provides services to pregnant women and new mothers and their children. These visiting nurses instruct new parents on proper prenatal and infant care. This activity was funded by the special Department of Justice/University of Colorado Healthy Start Program and the State of Oklahoma.
To encourage academic excellence and community responsibility among high school students residing in Oklahoma City Housing Authority developments, one (1), $1,000.00 scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating high school senior on his/her way to a four-year college or a college level vocational school. Scholarship funds are deposited directly with the school for credit to the student's account, and may be used for tuition, books, and school fees only.
In January, 1989, the Oklahoma City Housing Authority established a special Hot-Line. By calling 232-OCHA, residents may report any resident or unit they believe is involved in any illegal activity. Callers may remain anonymous.
The OCHA recognized the need for a security patrol as a preventative maintenance measure and the OCHA Security Department was established in 1974.
Security is provided through uniformed guards who patrol on a regular basis to maintain a safe living environment for adults and children. A centralized phone number will secure assistance at any time, day or night. (405) 232-1041.
The "We Care" Christmas Project sponsored by OCHA employees collects and delivers food, clothing, and toys to families in our family developments.
OCHA Christmas parties are held for children ages 2 to 12 at each of the family developments. Each department sponsors and staffs a party, with games, refreshments, and face painting booths. Each child attending receives a Christmas stocking and a Polaroid picture taken on Santa's lap.