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Sallisaw client receives wheelchair as fast as a golf cart!

Meet Harvey. He’s been a client of our Sallisaw Helping Center for a long time. Last year, he had to have his leg amputated, and our Catholic Charities helping center was able to connect him with a wonderful woman, Belinda, who volunteers with us. Belinda is a great resource in helping clients with equipment for disabilities. She helped Harvey with his first wheelchair last year, and a men’s group built him a ramp.

Recently, his wheelchair became too worn out to be of use. Belinda worked with the Mid-America Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans to secure Harvey a brand new, motorized wheelchair. It goes as fast as a golf cart, turns on a dime, has lights front and back, and a horn!  The seat reclines forwards and backwards and will lie all the way down, if needed.  It’s ‘finger-tip’ controls allow Harvey to drive with ease. He does not have any transportation, so a wheelchair is a must. Upon receiving it, Harvey said, “‘Thank you so much, this is far out!”

We depend so much on the generosity of our Eastern Oklahoma community and fellow helping organizations to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters in need. Thanks to all who donate to Catholic Charities, those who volunteer at any of our helping locations, and those who get to know and advocate for our clients to help them receive the assistance they need.

Learn more about Eastern Oklahoma Outreach.

Poteau woman helped with hearing aids

LindaWe met Linda last fall through our Poteau Helping Center. She desperately needed hearing aids, but did not know where to look. After working with her to research several leads and writing referral letters, we found a place that could help her. She finally received a set of wonderful hearing aids! We were so excited for her.

We ran into Linda recently, and she was thrilled at how well she can hear these days. She thanked us very much! We love what we are able to accomplish for our brothers and sisters in need when our generous Eastern Oklahoma community comes together through Catholic Charities and other helping organizations.

Learn more about our Eastern Oklahoma Outreach.

“On days like this you truly realize that you are working for the Lord.”

BeckyBecky, who is currently serving as guardian of three grandchildren, was out of money for rent while waiting for her HUD house to become available. Catholic Charities Poteau Helping Center was able to assist Becky and the children with an interim place to live. In response, Becky broke into tears and turned to say to her grandchildren, “Look kids, Jesus just helped us!”

It is through the love and generosity of our Eastern Oklahoma community that we are able to work toward our mission to be Christ’s merciful love to those who suffer.

MaryLynn Lufkin, Director of Eastern Oklahoma Outreach said, “On days like this you truly realize that you are working for the Lord.”

Learn more about our Eastern Oklahoma Outreach Centers

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Retreat community comes together to help Catholic Charities volunteer

Jo Ann80 year-old longtime Catholic Charities volunteer, Jo Ann, is a recent convert to the Catholic faith who attends the Church of the Madelene in Tulsa. She is recently widowed, and lives on a very tight budget.

Jo Ann recently revealed to those with whom she volunteers that her hot water heater had stopped working. She had contacted the utility company to reignite the pilot light, but they said the tank was extremely corroded and unsafe to light. She would need a new water heater.

On her limited budget, Jo Ann could’t pay for the water heater, and concluded she’d do without hot water.  In addition to this, she was two months behind on her “almost paid-off” home mortgage.

Her friends at Catholic Charities knew that her situation wasn’t something that could be solved with our resources, so they reached out to women with whom she had attended an ACTS retreat. ACTS stands for Adoration, Community, Theology, Service. We were blessed at Catholic Charities to have a front row seat to the community and service demonstrated by this retreat community as they worked to help their friend in need.

Jo Ann’s retreat sisters collected donations to help her catch up on mortgage payments and purchase a hot water heater. Two retreat team members brought the situation to the attention of their husbands, Calvin and George, from St. Joseph in Bristow. These two men delivered and installed the water tank in Jo Ann’s home for her at no charge.

What a wonderful team effort with the women’s ACTS team of Saint Benedict and the Knights of Columbus-Saint Joseph, Bristow. We love to witness others coming together to help our brothers and sisters in need.

Traveling through the storm to a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

Traveling through the storm to a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat: a reflection by Mary Lee Weaver

StormLast night, dark somber clouds filled the evening sky and resulted in strong winds and rain.  In Eastern Oklahoma, that can mean hail, trees being blown down and perhaps a tornado. For some, the storm is like the winds of anguish felt inside after an abortion.   Then there is an invitation and they hear the offer to attend a retreat for healing….and wonder, “Could I make it? Could I really attend a retreat after all of these years and deal with all of this?”  It’s an invitation and reminder of what God has to offer and how He will provide everything needed to get through this storm. “Will I simply trust Him?”

On each retreat, God brings those whom He has been calling. He lovingly touches each wound and embraces each person as they discover their voice and often share what no ears have heard before.  Some have been away from the Church and their faith, and others have been hiding their pain in secret in the pews.  With sharing and tears, each woman and man will find a transforming and radiant light and peace. They will see new hope. The storms after abortion have driven them to the retreat, complete with hail and winds of anger, pain, or regret, that have been carried inside for so long.  At the retreat, this is left behind as forgiveness of self begins. The winds calm and the radiant light shines through.

-Mary Lee Weaver, Coordinator of Healing after Abortion Services

The next Rachel’s Vineyard retreat for healing after abortion is September 29 through October 1. Register now:  or contact Mary Lee: 918-508-7142,

Special needs volunteer gives hope to client

Braedon and Donald

Kimberly, Linda, and Braedon meet longtime volunteer, Donald and job coach, Rebecca.

A young mother, Kimberly, and her son, Braedon, received a special kind of hope through Catholic Charities. Kimberly was attempting to move from Tulsa to California for special medical care for Braedon, who is autistic.

When Emergency Assistance coordinator Todd Sleazak met with Kimberly and her son, he noticed that Braedon had similar behavioral characteristics as longtime volunteer, 52 year-old Donald. Todd mentioned this to Kimberly, and she seemed surprised. Kimberly worried that it might not be possible for Braedon to function successfully in a work place later in life. Todd encouraged Kimberly to meet Donald and his job coach, Rebecca.  She loved the idea.

As Donald and Rebecca met with Braedon and his mother, Kimberly expressed excitement to witness Donald respond to questions with his hand signals.  The group sat down together for lunch, provided by our San Pascual hot lunch program, during which Rebecca and Kimberly exchanged notes and ideas.  Many times in the conversation, they would comment to each other, “Yes, he does the exact same thing! They really are similar in many ways.” Later, Kimberly told her mother, Linda, “I am so encouraged!  This gives me hope with Braedon.”

Kimberly thanked Catholic Charities for the assistance, and said she wished she had discovered our organization earlier before their move. In response, Todd told Kimberly that Catholic Charities programs exist all over the nation. Kimberly replied, “Yes, but it is not the Catholic Charities in Tulsa.”

Considering volunteering? Learn more here.

Tulsa moms welcome refugees

Emily and Carrie collected items and filled 33 bags to welcome refugees coming to the Tulsa area. Those coming from other countries often are traveling with minimal personal belongings. At Catholic Charities, often with the help of family members already here, we set up apartments with furniture and supplies for them to begin their new lives. Donors like Emily and Carrie help make the transition to a home so far from their own easier by providing beautiful bags filled with supplies like hangers, cleaning supplies, and toiletries. Thank you, Emily and Carrie, for heading up such a special project.

Learn more about our Refugee Services.