ENID, Okla. — Hope Outreach Transitional Housing Ministry will host a four-year anniversary celebration, reunion and meet-and-greet barbecue Saturday to give supporters an opportunity to meet graduates of the program and see how their lives have been changed.
The Hope Outreach Transitional Housing Ministry operates a men's house, for seven to eight men, at 216 W. Oak. Men in the ministry, predominantly former inmates, stay in the affordable transition house anywhere from six months to a year.
While there, the men receive supervised affordable housing, life-skill training, faith-based counseling and employment support with mandatory participation in a church of their choosing.
Rodney Fowler, director of the transitional housing ministry, said the program provides essential support for men who are willing to put in the work needed for their own recovery to transition successfully from incarceration back into society.
The program now boasts an 85% successful completion rate, Fowler said, with graduates leaving sober, with a job, plugged into a church home and ready to live a productive life.
Fowler said that kind of success doesn't just come from within the walls of the transitional housing ministry. He said it takes a lot of community support — from those who've supported the ministry financially to church members, employers, pastors, counselors, clinical care providers, mentors and others who've "poured love and support into these men's lives."
Saturday's celebration and barbecue, noon to 7 p.m. at 216 W. Oak, will be a chance to thank all those supporters, Fowler said, and for supporters to meet or reunite with some of the ministry's graduates.
"It is truly an appreciation day," Fowler said, "because we've had a lot of people sow into these guys' lives, and I am grateful for all the people who have been a part of their success."
The event also is an opportunity for program graduates to meet or reunite with some of the people who've helped them along the way and provide updates on their lives.
"These guys are so appreciative of all the people who've impacted their lives and how this community has helped them," Fowler said.
The appreciation reunion barbecue is a come-and-go event. Fowler said anyone interested in learning about the ministry is welcome to attend.