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Valentines Gather to Support the Family Junction Emergency Youth Shelter

L to R: Lin Sanchez, Karen Delaney - Shelter Shower Host and Youth Services for Oklahoma County Trustee and Debbie Forshee, President/CEO of Youth Services for Oklahoma County. Photo provided.

Staff Report

Valentine’s Day caused Youth Services for Oklahoma County’s (YSOC) Family Junction Emergency Youth Shelter supporters to gather at the shelter to “Shower” the facility and its teen residents with much needed “new” great room, kitchen and bedroom items, said Debra G. Forshee.

“The Shelter is eight years old and we felt it was time to replenish and spruce up the resident’s rooms and bedding, the commercial kitchen and furniture,” said Karen Delaney, shelter shower host and YSOC Trustee.

“YSOC has experienced significant budget cuts in the last year so finding the dollars in a non-profit budget to refurbish became difficult,” continues Delaney. “We all know teenagers can be rough on their surroundings and we feel it is important that we give our Emergency Shelter teen residents a comfortable respite from the harsh realities of their lives.”

The Family Junction Emergency Youth Shelter houses teens who are faced with life challenges that are hard to imagine for any teen.  Teen residents of the Shelter are victims and witnesses of crimes and many are in transition from one Department of Human Services emergency placement to a more permanent living arrangement.

Teens live in the shelter while attending public school, receiving needed counseling and services.  The shelter not only houses, feeds and clothes the teens but strives to give the teen a glimpse of a positive living situation, good nutrition with a focus on education and positive life skills training.

Guests bearing shower gifts of towels, bedding and pots and pans were  Adra Cheek, Betsy Mantor, Diana Robinson, Donna Bozalis, Jamie Farha, Jamie Taylor, Jody Bronson-Sanchez, Jaoi Adams,  Julie Hall,  Karen Delaney,  Kim Joseph,  Kym Mason, Laurie Harrison, Leslie Hudson, Lin Hartgrove-Sanchez, Linda Kissler, Liz Melton, Marilyn Torbett, Mary Ellen Gumerson, Pam Lane, Patti Anthony, Penny McCaleb, Roberta Fields, Sally Bentley, Shannon Fitzgerald, Susie Kemp, Suzanne Peck, Suzy Morgan and Venitta Ferguson.

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