TULSA, Okla. — Dedicated Family & Children’s Services donors Sarah and John Graves have donated $100,000 to the nonprofit’s 24-7 psychiatric crisis response team.
The money will help COPES – or Community Outreach Psychiatric Emergency Services – ensure the team remains available 24 hours a day.
“The Graves have just been jaw droppingly generous to F&CS,” said Susan McCalman, F&CS’ director of development. “We are eternally grateful for their generosity.”
COPES is the state’s only 24-7 team dedicated to helping adults and children suffering a psychiatric crisis, whether that be thoughts of suicide or harming others.
Its team of therapists is also a resource for area law enforcement, who rely on the team when they deal with the severely mentally ill.
“This money from Sarah and John Graves will literally save lives in the Tulsa area,” said F&CS CEO Gail Lapidus. “We can’t thank them enough.”
Sarah and John Graves are the namesake of 65,000 square-foot F&CS outpatient treatment facility and pharmacy, the Sarah and John Graves Center at 2325 S. Harvard Ave. constructed in 2011. They began donating to F&CS in 2008.
John Graves owns Cyclonic Valve Co., a Tulsa company that makes valves for the energy industry.
About Family & Children’s Services
For 90 years, Family & Children’s Services has been the place to turn for help with problems that seem overwhelming and too difficult to handle alone. The agency restores children’s well-being, heals victims of abuse, strengthens individuals and families, and provides hope and recovery for adults suffering from mental illness and addictions. Today, its life-changing services help one in six Tulsans.
Family & Children’s Services is a partner agency of the Tulsa Area United Way. F&CS is also a member of the following national organizations: Mental Health Corporations of America and the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. F&CS is certified with distinction as a community mental health center by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. F&CS is also certified with distinction as a Community Mental Health Center by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Additionally, F&CS is certified by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as an Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program and certified with distinction as a Gambling Treatment Program.