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Upward Transitions Receives $10,000 Grant for Client Services

Upward Transitions was recently awarded a grant of $10,000 from the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation to be used for assisting clients with services. “Support from wonderful organizations like the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation mean so much to Upward Transitions and other nonprofits that serve Oklahomans in need,” said Dana Hope Chism, executive director, Upward Transitions.  “We’re proud to receive this grant and thankful to the Gaylord family for their efforts to give back to Oklahoma.” Founded in 1994 […]

Our Mission

Upward Transitions serves those who are homeless and impoverished by providing case management and stabilizing resources to meet basic social needs. The ultimate goal is to assist individuals and families to reach their potential with the ability to support themselves and contribute back to their community.


Upward Transitions is committed to community development and advocacy for those who are poor and homeless.

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Who We Help

Dana Hope Chism opened the envelope, read the short letter, saw the check and smiled.  A donation and a simple, handwritten note expressing gratitude are enough to make any nonprofit director’s day.  But this donation and this note were different.  They represented the final step in a journey that began nearly five years ago.

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There is a warmth to Glenda that seems to relax the very air around her.  She speaks in a slow, deliberate and thoughtful cadence.  But behind the kindness in her eyes is a fatigue, a tiredness that comes with being a single mother of four.

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I walked out of Upward Transitions feeling hopeful, blessed and, yes, loved. I’m beyond thankful to have met with them and to be assisted by Upward Transitions.

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When Alysha was struggling, she turned to Upward Transitions for help.

Thank goodness for Upward Transitions – I don’t know what I would have done without their help!

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