The Urban Mission, Inc.

Oaklahoma City, OK   |  http://www.urbanmissionokc.org

Mission

“Giving help today for hope of a better tomorrow” is our motto. We strive to provide needed services to disadvantaged children and families in a non-judgmental caring atmosphere that promotes dignity, respect, and hope.

Ruling year info

1986

Principal Officer

Peggy Garrett

Main address

3737 N Portland Ave

Oaklahoma City, OK 73112 USA

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Formerly known as

Presbyterian Urban Mission

EIN

73-1229527

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Food Pantry

The food pantry was an original part of the mission. It has grown over the years from serving 30 to 40 people a year to serving nearly 1,500 people a month. We are a partner agency of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, and the first Food Resource Center in Oklahoma. Our Food & Resource Center (FRC) is the first of its kind in Oklahoma. It provides food insecure families the opportunity to select the food items they need in a grocery store setting. This client-choice model allows families to maintain their dignity when asking for help. People in poverty have a greater chance of developing chronic illnesses due to lack of access to healthier and nutritious foods, so the FRC provides foods that promotes healthy lifestyles, such as fresh produce, lean meats, frozen vegetables, and everything that completes a well-balanced diet. Along with our client choice food pantry, the FRC provides clients with educational classes on financial planning, budgeting, nutrition, health, and legal issues.

Population(s) Served

The Mission Marketplace is an upscale thrift store operated by our volunteers.  They sell discount items to the general public.  All of the revenue goes directly back into the Mission’s many programs.

Population(s) Served

SPARK (Support Program  of Art and Reading for Kids) is an after-school program that provides a safe, accessible place for area children grades K-5 to go after school.  Volunteers from the community act as mentors and tutors and assist them in completing homework assignments and increasing their reading skills.  Other activities include crafts, games, recreations, computer time and writing.  The program focus is for children who attend schools in our local area, however enrollment is open to any child in need.  During the summer months SPARK extends to an all day program.  The kids come from 8am-3:00pm.  The focus still remains on reading skills, but with more time in the summer the kids are able to expand their learning experiences; by taking weekly field trips and having speakers, authors and librarians dedicating more time.

Population(s) Served

This program works in conjunction with the SPARK program and provides nutrition education as well as hot, nutritious meals to the children in program. Kid’s Cafe was started at the Mission by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  After the success at our site, they have since started many other programs.  In the past two years over 12,000 meals have been provided to kids in need through this program.  The children also have a Kid’s Café Garden in which they grow and harvest their own food.  The children learn about gardening, how to read and prepare recipes, and how to use kitchen utensils.

Population(s) Served

The Back-to-School program at The Urban Mission works to ensure that all Oklahoma students are able to participate in school with the proper tools to succeed.  Having clothes, school supplies and backpacks are luxuries that lower income families cannot afford, thus “free” education takes a back seat to more immediate needs.  We provide low-income students with the same school supplies as their peers so that they can start off in school with the same tools as everyone else.  The Urban Mission believes that financial instability in the family should never keep a student from receiving the proper tools to participate in school and succeed in life.

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The Urban Mission, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Bill Bergner

Attorney/Pastor

Term: 2020 - 2020

Bart Binning

Commercial Real Estate

Bill Bergner

Attorney/Pastor

Cynthia Thomas

OU Health Sciences

Eric Turner

Derry Berry & Assoc.

Jerry Burkett

Community Volunteer

Jane Kenney

Community Volunteer

Rob Varnum

Mee, Mee, Hoge & Epperson

Peggy Garrett

Executive Director-Urban Mission, Inc.

Richard Hatcher

Oklahoma Wildlife Dept./Retired

Mitch Miller

Pastor