For David Wilson, going to the Jesus House wasn’t a choice – it was the path he had to take. There were no other options.
Wilson had gone from being happily married, a father, and thriving near the top of his field in drafting and architecture at a metro area university to being separated, living with his mother and addicted to crack cocaine. After wrecking his mother’s car, he finally took the step of seeking treatment at Griffin Memorial Hospital and it was there that he realized he needed a new start.
A recommendation was made by the social worker at the hospital for Wilson to go to the Jesus House and he met with operations manager Kevin Smith to talk about what was next for his life. Today, Wilson is more than a year clean and sober, has become acclimated successfully into a new job, and has a chance to be a father again.
“Jesus House absolutely saved my life,” Wilson said. “After seeking treatment, I realized I had burned all of my bridges and I had no place to go or anyone who was still willing to help me. The staff and volunteers at Jesus House took care of me and now my life is back on track. I will be eternally grateful to them for being able to embrace me at such a low point in my life, and then to be able to help me turn my life around.”
Wilson was just one of several success stories highlighted recently during “The Reality of Love,” a 40th anniversary Jesus House event that was held to recognize the achievements of the staff, volunteers, donors, sponsors, and recipients of the goodwill that takes place at Jesus House.
The gala event, which was held at Castle Falls in Oklahoma City, was at maximum capacity and raised more than $38,000 for the central Oklahoma non-profit. Several videos showing positive moments for Jesus House were shown, as well as cameo appearances by U.S. Congressman James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City; Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett; Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb; and former first lady Kim Henry.
Following allegations of financial mismanagement in 2010, a new board of directors was seated and a new executive director was hired to get the homeless outreach back on track.
“Overall, this was a huge success for us and we were overwhelmed with the number of people who showed up to support what we are doing at Jesus House,” Executive Director Rick Denny said. “We greatly appreciate everyone for the love they have shown us and we want people to know that at Jesus House, we are always going to be committed to working with those in need to put them on the path to a better life.”
Sponsors for the event included OG&E, UBuildIt, Matherly Mechanical Contractors, Price Lang Consulting, Frates Insurance and Risk Management, The MIT Group, Ross Electric, Dan Straughan, RCB Bank, Price Edwards OKC, Sooner Security. Avis Scaramucci, Dave Thomas, Absolute Legal Services LLC, Discovery Church, and Catherine and David Cooper.
Opened in 1973 by Sister Ruth Wynne and Sister Betty Adams, Jesus House is an inner-city, non-denominational Christian outreach providing food, shelter, clothing and assistance to the homeless and poverty stricken of Oklahoma City. Jesus House is one of Oklahoma City’s oldest and best-know homeless shelters and community outreach organizations.
Jesus House Celebrates 40 Years of Giving to the Central OK Community
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