• My name is Shawna.* I am a single mother, and my daughters and I are survivors of domestic abuse. Over a year ago, I decided it was time to leave my husband, so my kids would not have to suffer through seeing their mother getting hurt anymore.

    After being on the wait list at the housing authority for nearly two years, my kids and I could finally get our own place away from violence. Unfortunately, leaving was the easy part. The hard part was providing for my kids on my own. I never realized there were rent deposits, electricity deposits, and so many other things I needed and didn’t have as I was homeless and jobless.

    My mother was the only person who could help support me and my children during this time. She found two places that helped us tremendously. One of those places was Upward Transitions. When my mother told me about Upward Transitions, I finally felt like there was light at the end of the tunnel.

    I made an appointment with Ms. Terri Womack and told her everything that happened to us. She was so willing to help. If it wasn’t for Terri and Upward Transitions, I KNOW we wouldn’t have our own place, and I wouldn’t be writing this letter today.

    People like me suffering from domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking need Upward Transitions. So many are still out there who need help but are scared to ask. They may not have that financial push or somewhere to turn.

    I received from Upward Transitions. We need this place.

    *Name and image have been changed to protect client’s identity.

     

     

  • Start Spreading the News!

    American Tourist 2019: New York , New York!

    Friday, June 21st, 2019

    Oklahoma City’s Historic Farmers Public Market


    Wake Up In The City That Never Sleeps!

    Evening Includes:
    Silent & Live Auctions
    Jewelry and Wine Pull
    Raffle
    Music & Dancing
    A Variety of Entertainment
    A New York Style Buffet
    Refreshing Beverages

    RSVP by June 14, 2019

    Tickets $90 per person
    Young Professional Tickets (21-35 Years of Age) $50 per person
    Sponsorships and Reserved Tables are available.

    Must Be 21 or Older to Attend

    Dress is Big Apple Casual
    (Upper Eastside or Greenwich Village, your choice!)

    Learn More About Becoming an Event Sponsor

    SignUp to VolunteerPurchase Tickets , Purchase Reserved Tables or Purchase Sponsorships online.

    For more information contact info@upwardtransitions.org or 405.232.5507 x105.

  • In addition to cash donations that allow us to purchase legal documents and state IDs for our clients are homeless or pay rent or utilities for our clients who are at risk of becoming homeless, donations of goods such as blankets, coats, hygiene items, and household items allow us to provide many basic necessities to our clients whether they are living on the street or have a place to call home.  Following is a list of items our client need.

    • Blankets
    • Sleeping Bags
    • Coats
    • Gloves
    • Winter Hats
    • Socks
    • Rain Ponchos
    • Hand and Foot Warmers
    • Travel-sized Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant, Shaving Cream, Toothpaste
    • Tooth Brushes
    • Razors
    • Steel Toed Work Boots
    • Black Non-Slip Shoes
    • Suitcases, Backpacks and Totes
    • Single Serving Pop-Top Food
    • Individually Wrapped Single Serving Snack Bars or Cracker
    • Pots and Pans
    • Can Openers
    • Dishes

    We also accept donations of office supplies to be used in our daily operations.

    • Ink Pens
    • Copier Paper
    • Sticky Notes
    • Staples
    • Paper Clips
    • Binder Clips
    • Letter Size Manila File Folders
    • Letter Size Note Pads

    Email info@upwardtransitions.org or call 405-232-5507 x105 for more information about current needs.

  • 9th ANNUAL CELEBRITY WAIT NIGHT

    Thursday, August 23, 2018

    5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Hideaway Pizza

    901 N. Broadway, Oklahoma City, OK

    For the 9th year in a row, Oklahoma celebrities will be serving up some fun and smiles while working for tips to support Upward Transitions’ programs that work to end generational poverty in Oklahoma City.

    Upward Transitions will host its annual Celebrity Wait Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, August 23, at Hideaway Pizza located at 901 N. Broadway, Oklahoma City.

    “We are excited to have local first responders from the OKC Police Department, OKC Fire Department, Oklahoma County Sheriff Department, and EMSA working as our celebrity waiters,” said Periann Pulliam, chief operations officer, Upward Transitions.  “Everyone has so much fun at this event, and we’re so thankful for the generous celebrities who donate their time to help prevent and end homelessness.”

    In addition meeting some of the brave men and women serving our community, guests can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a VIP Experience for Two at Oklahoma City Ballet. The prize includes two tickets for a performance of Alice in Wonderland, a backstage tour, and access to Broadway 10’s VIP Lounge with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres.

    For over 92 years, Upward Transitions has touched the lives of Oklahomans working to prevent generational poverty through community collaboration, emergency relief and empowerment, therefore inspiring hope with our neighbors experiencing housing instability.  Upward Transitions offers a wide variety of programs, including retrieval of legal documents and state IDs, financial assistance with rent and utilities, and emergency travel for victims of domestic violence.  Upward Transitions also directs clients to resources that assist with life skills training and education to improve their employment potential. In addition to its services for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, Upward Transitions operates two information booths at Will Rogers World Airport to assist visitors to Oklahoma City. The information boots are staffed 365 days a year by Upward Transitions volunteers.

    Celebrity Wait Night Flyer 2018

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT PERIANN PULLIAM

    AT 405-232-5507 X105 OR PPULLIAM@UPWARDTRANSITIONS.ORG.

  • Please Join Upward Transitions as Kendra Scott Gives Back.

    Monday, July 23rd, 5pm-7pm
    Kendra Scott Classen Curve
    5810 N. Classen Blvd., Ste 2, Oklahoma City

    Enjoy sips, sweets, and jewels!
    20% of the sales will benefit Upward Transitions.

    Upward Transitions serves families and individuals who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or stranded by providing case management and stabilizing resources to help meet basic social needs. Our ultimate goal is to assist families and individuals during times of financial devastation, so they remain – or can return to being – productive contributors to their community.

    Upward Transitions was founded in 1925 as Travelers Aid and was one of the first agencies to become a member of the United Way of Central Oklahoma and one of the oldest non-profits in Oklahoma City.

    Upward Transitions Mission: To prevent generational poverty through community collaboration, emergency assistance and empowerment, therefore inspiring hope with our neighbors experiencing housing instability.

     

  • Upward Transitions is honored to be selected as the 2018 ESCCO Harry Perry Award winner for nonprofit excellence for demonstrating excellence in nonprofit management and a capability for sustained successful operations based on a review by ESCCO consultants.

    “Upward Transitions is an example of what is really good in our community,” said Paul Moore, president of ESCCO.

    Previous ESCCO Harry Perry Award Recipients include:
    2017 Jesus House
    2016 Orchestra League
    2015 CityCare
    2014 Center of Family Love
    2013 Shakespeare in the Park
    2012 Ballet Oklahoma
    2011 Heartline
    2010 NewView
    2009 History Center
    2008 Oklahoma Boathouse Foundation
    2007 Goodwill Industries

  • American Tourist 2018: Cruising The Caribbean

    Friday, May 4 @ 6:30 pm11:00 pm

    Oklahoma City’s Historic
    Farmers Public Market
    311 S. Klein Ave.
    Oklahoma City, OK 73108

    Evening Includes:
    Silent & Live Auctions
    Music & Dancing
    A Variety of Entertainment
    Caribbean-inspired Dishes by Local Restaurants
    Refreshing Beverages
    Wine Pull & Raffle

    RSVP by April 27, 2018

    Tickets $90 per person or $150 per couple
    Young Professional Tickets (21-35 Years of Age) $50 per person or $90 per couple
    Sponsorships and Reserved Tables are available.

    Must Be 21 or Older to Attend

    Learn More About Becoming an Event Sponsor

    Purchase Tickets or Sponsorships online
    or Call 405.232.5507 for more information.

    Cruising The Caribbean 2018
    Friday, May 4, 2018
    Oklahoma City’s Historic Farmers Public Market
  • Is there anything better than helping your community by providing food for peoples in need? We in Choice Solutions Roofing and Exteriors can only be proud and give all the praise for Upward Transition, who serves those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

    Introduction

    To begin with, we would like you to briefly tell us about your organization

    Upward Transitions’ Mission is to prevent generational poverty through community collaboration, emergency relief and empowerment, therefore inspiring hope with our neighbors experiencing housing instability.

    1. What do you do exactly?

    And what was the reason that encouraged you to start this organization?

    Our services provide assistance to families and individuals who face threats to financial stability. In many cases, Upward Transitions can provide a short-term financial bridge in the form of emergency assistance and access to community resources to maintain stability. Eligible families may work with case managers on a long-term basis to increase and develop skills that can provide a sustainable income. Case managers work closely with these families to create a plan with goals that address specific needs and create the means to avoid future homelessness.

    Individuals who are homeless and working to regain their independence can turn to Upward Transitions for help. Our services provide the following forms of assistance:
    ◾Legal document retrieval assistance for clients who are homeless (birth certificates, marriage licenses, etc.)
    ◾State ID purchase assistance for clients who are homeless
    ◾Utility and public housing rent deposits
    ◾Linkage to other services

     

    1. What motivates you?

    Describe your mission passion

    At UT, we focus our assistance on families with young children whose housing security is at risk. Children growing up in a culture of poverty face many challenges. Frequently, they don’t get adequate sleep or enough to eat. These children might not have the opportunity to bathe nor have clean clothes to wear. The longer children experience this culture of generational poverty, the less likely they are to reach their full potential as adults.

    1. Tell us about your goals

    Our ultimate goal end generational poverty in Oklahoma City by assisting 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.

    1. What was the hardest/toughest moment you had to deal with?

    Obstacles you faced when dealing with bureaucracy, permits, funding, etc. Something you would like to point out to anyone who might be starting their own organization.

    The need in our community is great, and we simply can’t help everyone who contacts us. Not being able to help a family needing assistance with rent or utilities because funding is not available is heartbreaking.

    1. What was the most fulfilling moment that happened to you?

    Every day, we work with clients to move them one step closer to becoming self-sufficient. Our work is fulfilling whether we are helping an individual who is homeless obtain legal documents or a state ID so they may obtain work or secure housing or we are helping a family with young children pay rent or utility bills to ensure their children have a place to call home.

    1. What separates you from the rest? Why you?

    Upward Transitions began as Travelers Aid in 1925. We are a recognized and respected provider of relief assistance. We use a strengths based case management model, and we strive to empower and encourage our clients build stability, rather than foster codependency.

    1. Do you have any upcoming events in the forthcoming months?

    Our annual fundraiser, American Tourist: Cruising The Caribbean is Friday, May 4, 2017 at OKC’s Historic Farmers Public Market. Each year, over 400 guests head to a new “destination”.  The evening includes silent and live auctions; wine, jewelry and restaurant pulls; music and dancing;  food from a variety of area restaurants and refreshing beverages.  The dress is casual and tickets are less than $100. Past destinations include the Orient Express, New Orleans, Havana, the Derby and Cinco de Mayo. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

    1. What is it that you love most about what you do?

    The assistance UT provides not only helps families and individuals obtain or maintain their place called home, it helps restore hope.

    1. What is the biggest challenge you’re faced with today?

    Every month, Heartline 211 receives nearly 1,500 calls for rent and utility assistance. Heartline refers most of those callers to Upward Transitions (UT). Our phone rings non-stop with people seeking assistance. Unfortunately, current funding allows us to help less than two percent of these callers.

    1. Anything else you would like to add?

    Upward Transitions also operates the two Travelers Aid information booths at Will Rogers World Airport 365 days a year by an all volunteer staff. Trained volunteers provide information on airport services and the Oklahoma City metro area, assist stranded travelers and military personnel, and provide referral resources to individuals with social service needs.

    Contact: How can people reach out to you?

    Your organization’s name, phone, address, e-mail and links to your website and social media

    Upward Transitions
    1134 W. Main Street
    Oklahoma City, OK 73106

    405-232-5507

  • We can help so many more families!

    Every month, Heartline 211 receives nearly 1,500 calls for rent and utility assistance. Heartline refers most of those callers to Upward Transitions (UT). Our phone rings non-stop with people seeking assistance. Unfortunately, current funding allows us to help less than two percent of these callers.

    At UT, we focus our assistance on families with young children whose housing security is at risk. Children growing up in a culture of poverty face many challenges. Frequently, they don’t get adequate sleep or enough to eat. These children might not have the opportunity to bathe nor have clean clothes to wear. The longer children experience this culture of generational poverty, the less likely they are to reach their full potential as adults.

    With your support, we can “End Generational Poverty!”

    In June 2016, Tonya, a single mother working fulltime and raising four children (ages 2, 7, 9 and 15), had reached a breaking point after her car was wrecked. The tremendous stress, from the incurred expenses to replace the car and obtain new insurance coverage along with legal issues which arose from the accident, was overwhelming. Tonya’s Family Advocate at Sunbeam Family Services, where her youngest son was enrolled in Early Head Start, referred her to UT for assistance with utility bills when the financial burden became unmanageable. Tonya’s electric and gas services were scheduled to be disconnected, and her family was at risk of eviction. A tearful Tonya met with our Case Manager who reviewed her budget and provided guidance on managing her finances. UT paid Tonya’s electric and gas bills to ensure the utilities remained connected and the family stayed in their home. In addition, the Case Manager discussed counseling options for Tonya and her children to help deal with the trauma and stress of the situation. Tonya couldn’t believe there was an organization that was so supportive and caring in her family’s time of crisis. Today, Tonya and her family are doing great. The children are all in school and thriving. Tonya is able to manage her budget and is actively involved at her church and children’s school. The assistance UT provided not only helped Tonya and her family keep their place called home, it also helped restore hope for her family.

    Your gift today will help people like Tonya and her children experience “hope” in a way they never thought possible.

    Sincerely,

    Jeremy L. Sanders, CEO

     

    P.S. Upward Transitions, Inc. has been in operation since 1925. It is a recognized and respected provider of relief assistance. We use a strengths based case management model, and we strive to empower and encourage our clients build stability, rather than foster codependency. I hope you will join us in continuing this fantastic history by giving today!

  • Celebrity waiters will “work for tips” to entertain you and bring mid-summer fun to Iguana Mexican Grill in Automobile Alley. All you have to do is enjoy a great meal and mention Upward Transitions.  We will receive a percentage of your tab in addition to 100% of YOUR TIP.

    Date:          Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Time:          5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Location: Iguana Mexican Grill, 9 NW 9th Street, OKC

    Celebrity Waiters

    Matt Clark—OSU
    Sarah Jane Crespo—Oklahoma City Ballet
    Curtis Fitzpatrick—WWLS
    DaYoung Jung—Oklahoma City Ballet
    Miki Kawamura—Oklahoma City Ballet
    Jim Traber—WWLS and OSU
    Steve Zabel—OU & NFL
    Players from OKC Energy
    And OKC Thunder Girls!

    If you can’t attend the event, you may make a donation at www.UpwardTransitions.org or mail a check to Upward Transitions, 1134 W. Main Street, OKC, OK 73106.

    Call 232-5507 for further information.

    Celebrity Wait Night Flyer 2017