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Standing up for hope

Rickey and Joella Bell Photo by Mark Hancock Bell and his wife, Joella, often find themselves living on the streets of Oklahoma City, but they don’t ask for pity. The 11-year vet knows the mistakes he has made and is working to right his wrongs. “We all put ourselves in these positions, and we have

Word on the street

Marco Powell is a Curbside Chronicle vendor. Credit: Shannon Cornman It was an idea that Whitley O’Connor, executive director of The Curbside Chronicle and a self-proclaimed “social entrepreneur,” has seen benefit the destitute of many cities throughout the U.S. “It’s not a new idea, but we’ve put a new spin on it,” he said. O’Connor

Homeward bound

“The program takes advantage of existing assets, so very little new money is actually needed,” said Dan Straughan, executive director of Homeless Alliance. “The goal is to get them to a place where we can concentrate our resources.” More than 100 people volunteered in January to conduct surveys of the metro’s homeless population to identify

Vouch for it

Dan Straughan credit: Jordan Ensminger “It’s incredibly unlikely that a panhandler could earn that much in a year,” said Dan Straughan, executive director of the metro’s Homeless Alliance. For social services organizations, dubious stories like Speegle’s tend to ramp up public cynicism and make it harder for agencies to do their work. “In our experience,

Making an impact

 Such is the annual scene for Impact Oklahoma, the nonprofit organization comprised of communityminded women who donate $1,000 a year to impact the quality of life in Central Oklahoma in five focus areas: family, culture, health and wellness, environment and education. Then they gather to listen to five nonprofit finalists’ pitches, and decide who will

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