Hi everyone! Hope all of you find yourselves well. As small businesses around Oklahoma slowly start to open with unclear guidelines as how to do so two weeks ago, some are moving to quickly open their doors and some are opting to stay closed until mid to late May, and I’ll post who’s doing what later in the week!
For now, Emory Anne Interiors is open 10-6 M-F and 10-5 Saturday’s, everything is 30% off because of the back log of deliveries during the shutdown, and there are some even better deals you cannot pass up this weekend such as this amazing table for a little over $700! (Emory Anne’s is located on 150th just east of Santa Fe).
Heard on Hurd hosts first virtual event this Saturday May 16, 2020 to start at 7 pm over Facebook Live!
Be sure to log in to Facebook.com/Heardonhurd Saturday evening at 7 pm to enjoy music from Carter Sampson and Stephen Salewon!
Keep your eye out to the events social networks at Instagram, Facebook and Twitter this week to see the neighborhood location of event food trucks, and shopping vendors you can purchase items online from! It’s a new concept, and I’m here for it to support those who have gathered for years to entertain our city every third Saturday since 2013!
Fostering Sweet Dreams receives $7,500 grant from Arnall Family Foundation
Fostering Sweet Dreams, located in Edmond, Okla., was awarded $7,500 in rapid response funding from the Arnall Family Foundation. The grant will be used to address needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and will help provide beds, mattresses and other related items needed to provide at risk children with a place to sleep.
Fostering Sweet Dreams currently provides beds and essential resources for children involved in the state’s child welfare system. Having a bed is the first step required for a placement to be granted and having a safe place to sleep helps with the overall stability of a child, whether entering foster care or being reunited with birth parents.
“Fostering Sweet Dreams is so grateful to be a recipient of the Arnall Family Foundation Rapid Response Grant. This grant will be used in full to provide the much needed inventory of new beds, for Oklahoma’s most vulnerable children. In such an uncertain time in these children’s lives, we can provide a safe, clean, and new bed of their own. Fostering Sweet Dreams believes this can provide an impact that will last a lifetime,” said Kristy Payne, executive director of Fostering Sweet Dreams.
The Arnall Family Foundation awarded $298,669 in rapid response funding to 27 governmental and nonprofit organizations throughout the state. The fund was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its immediate strain on those impacted by the state’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Guidelines for the fund requested proposals in three areas: technology, kinship support and informal care options for foster families. 60 organizations serving children, youth and families across the state submitted proposals for funding totaling more than $1 million in requests.
“We were so impressed with how quickly and thoughtfully all of the applicants adapted to ensure they can continue supporting their clients. Communities throughout the state are rising to the occasion to keep families and youth connected during a time when it is so easy to feel isolated,” said Sue Ann Arnall, founder and president of the Arnall Family Foundation. “It was important to us to quickly provide support to these populations that we know are experiencing immense stress as a result of this pandemic. That was our primary goal. But we are also hopeful that some of these immediate solutions will create opportunities for long-term benefits for children, youth and families, well after social distancing is no longer our reality.”
Since 2015, the Arnall Family Foundation has invested over $10 million in Oklahoma programs and systems that improve the lives of children and families involved in the child welfare system.
Francis Tuttle tagged us with an update on their Danforth facility:
Despite our campuses being closed, there’s been a great deal of progress at our new Danforth location! Construction is going very well, and we’re still on track for the August 2021 opening thanks to the hard work of @tscottconstruction!
That’s it for today, stop by Thursday to see what’s happening around Edmond!