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.

Stories

I won’t be back to Harvest House again…

Roy was a repeat visitor to Harvest House in early 2016.  He was living in his car with his girlfriend when we first met them.  They came in hungry and received two sack lunches, and learned more about Harvest House and our programs.  The next time we saw them they must have found a place to live, because they wanted an emergency bag of food.  Their third visit was an appointment on a Wednesday where they received seven days of groceries, clothes and shoes, some cookware, some help wanted listings and a gas card for transportation to a job interview.  In total, they visited Harvest House about six or seven times.

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Danny asks for help…

Danny came into Harvest House for his first visit in the spring of 2014.  He had recently lost his job and subsequently spent all his financial resources while seeking other jobs and finally was discouraged and out of food in his apartment.  It was obvious he was not accustomed to asking for help by his tentative and slightly embarrassed demeanor, but he had finally come to his breaking point and was ready to ask for help.

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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.

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Clothes for New Job

One Wednesday in the spring a middle-aged lady came into Harvest House with an early appointment.  The main purpose for her visit was to find clothing that might be appropriate for a job interview that she had scheduled later that afternoon, a job she desperately needed.  Our volunteers in the clothing department helped her find some nice clothing items, making up a full outfit that seemed just right for the interview.  She left Harvest House that day hopeful, her heart set on landing that job as a sous-chef in a local restaurant.

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A Young Father

Sam is a young father who came to Harvest House as a first-time client. He has very good skills in a trade and had taken his wife to Wyoming for his first job, and their first child was born there. Since both families were from Northeast Oklahoma, they were anxious to move back with the new baby closer to grandparents and family. His employer in Wyoming arranged a transfer for him back to the Tulsa area and that's when the bottom fell out . . .

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The Robins leave the nest:

The Robins’ moved to Tulsa from Arkansas in the 1990s.  This middle aged couple left their family home to get further schooling in Tulsa and planned either go to work for a local school or church or return to their home town in Arkansas to find work.  After completing school there were no jobs to be found so they soon fell deeply into arrears on their school debt and moved into Section 8 housing.  It was not too long before they learned the ropes of using ‘the system’ to meet their food, clothing and out-of-pocket expense needs.

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