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Inspired to Assist

Bilingual family support specialist Cori Pardo has walked far more than a mile in her clients’ shoes.   In 1999, Pardo – then an 11-year-old girl – and her mother immigrated to the United States from Mexico. The transition was a difficult one for Pardo, as it is for many new residents.   “A lot
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Back to School with Women in Recovery

If you have $12 and gas costs $3.39 per gallon, how much can you put in your tank?   To buy a $9,000 used car, you take out a four-year loan with a 5% interest rate. What’s the total amount you’ll pay by the time you own the car?   Few people delight in studying
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National Nutrition Month: Get Cookin’ With WIR

  In celebration of National Nutrition Month, Chef John Bieloh presents this delicious, nutritious recipe:    Quinoa, Kale and Sun-dried Tomatoes A delicious accompaniment to simply grilled fish or chicken. Makes 4 servings. 1 box quinoa 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 shallot, mince (any onion works, but shallots are a bit milder) 1 cup sun-dried
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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

There’s no denying the strong connection between mind and body. That’s why Family & Children’s Services – Oklahoma’s largest community mental health center – invests in physical health initiatives, too. A wide range of wellness programs are available to clients, including: Smoking Cessation – Family & Children’s Services provides free support, motivation and education to
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Running for Recovery: Brooke’s Marathon Journey

When Brooke Martin was released from prison to participate in the Women in Recovery (WIR) program, she was at her heaviest – 184 pounds. So when WIR therapist Catherine Claybrook challenged her to make a commitment and stick to it for one week, Brooke chose to run. On house arrest and shackled to an ankle
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Patrolling for Hope with the Broken Arrow Police Department

Amanda Bradley doesn’t have a badge or carry a gun. But she’s a vital part of the Broken Arrow Police Department team, nonetheless. Bradley, a therapist at Family & Children’s Services, has been embedded with the department since September 2010. Family & Children’s Services also has clinicians embedded in schools, the county jail and courthouse
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Women in Recovery: Lies Become the Truth

Written by Emily*, a participant in the Women in Recovery (WIR) program at Family & Children’s Services.   I pray for the one who uses for the first time today… They won’t want to leave, they’ll want more so they’ll stay…   They will do it for fun at first, or maybe even the high…
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Knocking Down Barriers

Sometimes the simple act of knocking on a door can save a life. That’s exactly what Serena StoaLaBarger, a mental health sspecialist at Family & Children’s Services, does to engage Tulsa Housing Authority residents through a contract with THA. And it’s working. In just two short months, she’s already begun treating 20 new mental health
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Goodbye To Ecstasy and Weed – A Client’s Words

  Dear Ecstacy and Weed,   I’m not sorry this has to end. We were never happy; we just thought we were happy. You just happened to be there in that moment when I was 16, when I felt I needed help, felt lost, was confused and just needed some answers. We are always looking
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Home is Where the Health Is — By Gail Lapidus, Chief Executive Officer

Raise your hand if you don’t know by now that Oklahoma is one of the least healthy states in the nation. Oklahomans eat too much, smoke too much and exercise too little. Our life expectancy is about three years shorter than the national average. And it’s much worse for Oklahomans with mental health disorders. Statics
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