Jenks CarePoint making huge impact on community

Jenks CarePoint making  huge impact on community

Several years ago, Jenks Public Schools saw a demand for a number of its students who needed clothes.

After contacting several businesses in the Jenks community, the Jenks school district led the way for four businesses to come together and help form Jenks CarePoint.

South Tulsa Baptist Church, Jenks First Baptist Church, First Oklahoma Bank and Yale Cleaners have partnered up to create the clothing closet for those in need. Jenks Public Schools is an unofficial member.

Jenks CarePoint is located at 2914 E. 91st St. in Tulsa in the old Southern Agriculture building. It officially started Sept. 6 of 2018, which is exactly a year ago from today.

Jenks CarePoint provides free clothing for the students and families of Jenks Public Schools and the surrounding community. Clothing is available for all family members. Families may shop for and receive free clothing once every 30 days.

Every visitor of the Jenks CarePoint clothing closet must provide some form of identification for each family member.

Kara Lee is the Director of Jenks CarePoint and is the only paid employee at the facility. The rest of the workers are volunteers.

“We have about 60 volunteers,” Lee said. “We have about seven to 10 people come and give their time and energy every day we are open. Our goal is to meet the clothing needs for individuals and families in the Jenks school district.”

Four area businesses partnered to help start Jenks CarePoint. It is funded by South Tulsa Baptist Church, Jenks First Baptist Church, First Oklahoma Bank and Yale Cleaners. Jenks Public Schools is an unofficial partner. Photos/Kyle Salomon

Jenks CarePoint is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and the third Saturday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m.

Families can come in once a month to get clothes. The volunteers will receive the donated clothes, sort through the clothes, size them and separate them into boys and girls and men and women piles.

Giving away clothes is not the only service Jenks CarePoint provides at its facility. The operation also holds sewing classes that helps teach those who are interested in learning how to sew; a way to make their own clothes if they choose. Also, with the majority of the visitors being Burmese, an ESL (English as a second language) class is taught at the facility.

More than 460 families are registered with the Jenks CarePoint and more than 2,300 individuals. Jenks CarePoint averages 50 families per week coming to visit and look for clothes.

The operation is funded by the four businesses that partnered to start the organization. In July, Jenks CarePoint held a back-to-school event and passed out more than 300 backpacks and school supplies.

To schedule an appointment or get more information, call 918-600-2099.

Kyle Salomon

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