This page will contain stories about our clients and their experiences visiting Harvest House, and will be refreshed from time to time.  All names have been changed and some details of their stories might be altered to ensure privacy.

First Time to Seek Help

Rose came to Harvest House with an appointment for food, clothing and help with a utility bill.  It was her first time ever to ask for help.  She had worked for many years and supported her family of three children and both her parents with the help of her husband who also had a good job.  The first blow came when her husband lost his job as his company reduced staff, but they found that they could still get by with his unemployment and her paycheck.  Then came the news that her employer was closing its doors, simply going out of business.  There would be no unemployment for her since the firm had not paid any premiums.  When his unemployment ran out and she could not find a new job, the family ran out of money and food and the bills began to pile up.  Finally they were ready to ask for help.  Her first stop was Harvest House.

 

She was embarrassed and pained to find herself asking for assistance.   She was reassured several times that we exist for times such as this in the lives of families in the Tulsa area.  We told her it was more common that anyone really realized for a family to be unable to make ends meet in this economic turmoil.  She finally relaxed and began to ask questions about what they could do to get their needs met.  We reassured her that we were really happy to be able to help her family with five days worth of groceries, two outfits of clothing for each family member and help with their utility bill.  But they needed help with several other areas as well.  So we told them about several other agencies in Tulsa that could be of assistance with their other needs, and made one referral to a specific agency.  We educated her about SNAP, TANF, Tulsa Housing Authority and other governmental programs that might be valuable to her family during the period before they found employment again.

We also made her aware of several free job training programs in the area as well as other organizations that help people in a job transition situation.  We even had newspaper articles about local employers who were hiring that week.  Since her husband was an ex-felon, we gave her a list of Tulsa area employers who will hire ex-felons.  At last she had some job leads she could pursue.

She left Harvest House with lots of groceries, clothes, help with her utilities and lots of good leads for the next steps in getting help for her family.  But most of all she left with hope that the family could make it through this period and that there was a network of people in Tulsa willing and prepared to help them until they were ready to again make it on their own.