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Upward Transitions Receives $15,000 Grant from the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation

Upward Transitions was recently awarded a grant of $15,000 from the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation to expand services helping Oklahoma City’s homeless population “We’re honored to receive this grant from the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation,” said Dana Hope Chism, executive director, Upward Transitions.  “The Zarrow family’s commitment to charitable giving as a way to prevent poverty across the globe is inspiring.” The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation is a broad-based funding foundation, giving primarily in Tulsa, but also […]

Director’s Letter

Upward Transitions had a fantastic 2014 and we are looking forward to great things happening in 2015! We kicked-off the year by being awarded a grant for $15,000 from the Kirkpatrick Family Foundation that will be used for assisting clients with services. Our first big event of the calendar year is our annual Celebrity Wait Night which will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10th at the Hideaway Pizza in Automobile Alley.  Greg and Judy Sellmyer are […]

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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Struggling to pay rent? Stranded on the streets? Upward Transitions can help bring you home.

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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