Bring your golf clubs out for good — a good cause, that is. On Thursday, the Oklahoma Association for Justice will partner with The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM) to host the second annual charity golf tournament, Tee Off for TEEM.
TEEM is a nonprofit that works to reduce poverty, homelessness and unemployment in Oklahoma. When it was founded in 1987, the organization primarily focused on helping men with substance-abuse problems.
Since then, it has served more than 12,000 people and expanded its mission to provide education, job training, job placement assistance and social services to those in need.
Approximately 22 percent of TEEM clients have no high school diploma; 30 percent are homeless; 15 percent are single parents; and 40 percent are ex-inmates. All of the program’s clients live at or below the federal poverty level.
Lindsey Flowers, TEEM’s development and public relations coordinator, explained that its development workshops are intended to eliminate barriers within the community.
“Every Monday morning, the organization opens its doors to the first 15 people in line. That week, the education service works to teach specific skills like keyboarding and Microsoft Office,” said Flowers.
This year, more than 70 percent of clients have found employment.
It costs around $1,000 for an individual to go through TEEM’s program, but the organization is only growing.
“TEEM has two large fundraising events a year,” said Sarah Blaney, TEEM’s development director. “So this is a very important activity for us … and the event this year is going to be a lot of fun. We have some great players that are new to TEEM and who will be joining us in addition to our friends at OAJ.”
Local attorney and TEEM board member Rodney Hunsinger said he’s happy to to celebrate a great cause at Edmond’s Rose Creek Golf Club.
“I am most excited about generating awareness to the mission of TEEM.
It is a beautiful course and the perfect venue for this event,” he said.
OAJ hopes to raise more than $20,000. Blaney said all proceeds will benefit TEEM.
“This includes everything from feeding two meals a day to our clients, to the operation of our clothing closet and less exciting things like keeping our lights on,” she said.