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From left: Steven C. Agee, Sue Ann Arnall, Rachel Canuso Holt, Mayor David Holt, Christian Keesee, Amy Britton, and Damon Britton at the Division Hub’s inaugural gala, Wayfinders. In the background is the installation view of Abstract Remix, featuring Adapt (2021), by Rhiana Deck, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. Photo by Mickey Smith.

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma County Diversion Hub, an independent 501©(3) organization, offers services to reduce recidivism and provide resources in an accessible, “one-stop-shop” fashion for those who are in need.

On October 29, the Diversion Hub raised $246,845 at their inaugural gala, which was held at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.

The event, called Wayfinders, highlighted the Diversion Hub’s work to empower justice-involved individuals to reduce their encounters with the criminal justice system through enhanced support services, including case management, criminal justice navigation and coordinated communication under one roof.

Other support services are offered in the following categories: education guidance, mental health aid, government benefits navigation, substance abuse assessment and referral, employment referral, and family services.

During the evening, Christian Keesee, Board Chairman of the Kirkpatrick Foundation, was named the 2021 Wayfinder of the Year in recognition of his leadership and commitment to furthering the success of collaborative, sustainable criminal justice reforms.

Diversion Hub Board Chair, Sue Ann Arnall, presented the award to Keesee who has been a strong supporter of the Diversion Hub since its inception, including through establishing an endowment for the organization at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

“The Diversion Hub changes lives and emboldens people for a positive future. For me to be involved with the Diversion Hub – even tangentially, is very prideful,” said Keesee.

Keesee is the Chairman of the Kirkpatrick Bank and of Kirkpatrick Philanthropies. With interests in arts, culture and animal wellbeing, Keesee is the founder of Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City and the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. He serves on the boards of The Frick Collection and American Ballet Theatre in New York, the National Council of the Humane Society of the United States in Washington D.C. as well as the Tate Americas Foundation in London.

“People think of The Kirkpatrick Foundation and The Kirkpatrick Family Fund as especially focused on arts and culture.

“As Chairman for both foundations, it is a fair characterization, but we also have a specialty in helping organizations build endowment funds as a way of ensuring their financial health and stability for the long term and there has always been an emphasis on helping those in crisis,’ Keesee said.

Arnall said, “Christian is heavily invested in improving Oklahoma for those who cannot speak for themselves. While his interests are wide, the impact from his initiatives are deep and will continue to improve Oklahoma for all Oklahomans.”

Masters of Ceremonies, Mayor David Holt and Rachel Canuso Holt, led the program which highlighted the progress made by Steven, a Diversion Hub client who has worked to turn his life around.

Since the Diversion Hub opened in June of 2020, they have helped more than 2,800 individuals.

“We are humbled by the success of our first Wayfinders and honored to see so many leaders in our community invested in our long-term success,” said Damon Britton, Diversion Hub executive director. “Together we are lowering barriers and making it possible for our clients to access the services they need to find their way to success.”

The Diversion Hub is supported by MAPS 4, a voter-approved capital investment initiative, the Arnall Family Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.

With winter coming, in order to help Division Hub clients meet their most urgent and basic needs, donations of new and unused items in the following categories are greatly appreciated: clothing, winter wear, and hygiene products. To view items on the Diversion Hub Amazon Wishlist, click here.

For more information, or to make a donation, contact Alexandra Urice at aurice@okdiversionhub.org or visit okdiversionhub.org.

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Christian Keesee received the Wayfinder of the Year Award from Sue Ann Arnall at the Oklahoma County Diversion Hub’s inaugural gala held at Oklahoma Contemporary on October 29. Photo by Mickey Smith.

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The Publisher

Diversion Criminal Science is marginally useful -- more often than not the well-intentioned diverted process, as in normal process, is hopeful to the point of being naively deluded to reality. To divert becomes a mechanism to manage the state's fiscal demands -- the public then left exposed to that pragmatic exercise along with the foregoing wishful-thinking's implications for public safety.

Just my personal view.

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