One of the beneficiaries of Earthglow’s 2017 profits was Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO), so we wanted to share a bit of information about this incredible organization. With the mission statement of “Transforming lives and encouraging independence through safe, healthy homes, dental care, and nutrition,” NSO served more than 100,000 local people in need during 2017 through a number of very specialized programs.
NSO’s housing programs serve mothers and their children, chronically homeless adults with mental illnesses, young men that have aged out of foster care with nowhere else to go, and pregnant women and their babies. Some clients need shelter for a few days or weeks. Some need a home and resources for a year or two while they work toward independence. Some need one-time help to avoid falling into the cycle of homelessness. Others need a safe, permanent home in a caring community.
Last year, NSO’s low-cost dental clinic, located at 431 SW 11th Street, provided more than 8,700 procedures including 1,500 preventative procedures, helping patients regain their smiles, their health and their confidence. The dental clinic facility, underwritten by the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation, is state-of-the-art and provides a full range of acute and preventative procedures at a fraction of the cost of private dental care.
Many folks in our congregation volunteer with NSO and help through financial and physical contributions. Earthglow is proud to be recognized again this year as a one of the NSO Good Samaritan Society Members. Should you want to learn more about ways you can help this outstanding organization, you are invited to attend one of their monthly Good Samaritan luncheons (visit nsookc.org/good-samaritan).
What a pleasure it was for members of the Earthglow Board to deliver the 2017 checks to several of our local recipients. Stacey Ninness, President/CEO of NSO, was literally jumping for joy when she received the NSO
gift – so much so she went and grabbed her bunny ears to celebrate with us!
Remember, all proceeds from your shopping in Earthglow are shared with local missions such as NSO. Come in and shop often! The shop has been beautifully redecorated and is stocked with many new items including cards and gifts appropriate for celebrating Graduation, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day.