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Community Youth Services of Southern Oklahoma
Award Date: January 20, 2021
Community Youth Services of Southern Oklahoma (formerly Community Children’s Shelter and Family Service Center) is a 24-hour, temporary residential safe place, serving up to ten at-risk children, from birth through 18 years of age, who need refuge or supervision due to neglect, abandonment, or abuse. The Capital Campaign gives the organization the opportunity to move to a new facility located on five acres of land. This will allow them to expand current programming as well as a holistic focus on the children who come in for services and give them the ability to offer new services to meet the increasing needs of youth in Oklahoma. The new campus includes an expanded residential space to provide more comfortable and trauma–informed lodging, as well as doubled capacity to house youth in need. It will also offer a larger outdoor area in which youth can engage in animal assisted therapy, and normal childhood outdoor activities, like gardening, chores, and play- all of which are critical components in healing from life's early traumas and regulating a child's body to be able to grow their social-emotional competencies.