Building strength, resilience in individuals and families.

A Stepping Stone to Home

Senior ShelterAfter a community need was identified for safe emergency shelter for senior citizens in our state, Sunbeam Family Services stepped up to provide the resource for senior adults, age 50+. Seniors may need emergency shelter because of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and/or exploitation, as well as homelessness due to mental illness or catastrophic medical expenses.


Dave Clawson- Senior Shelter resident

Dave C. says that his time at Sunbeam Family Services Emergency Senior Shelter was a bright spot in a dark point in his life.

” I remember in the past seeing homeless people and not thinking much about it or about the people in that situation; little did I know that I would be there one day. I am grateful for my time at Sunbeam’s shelter because the staff treat us all so well, it’s so much like family.”

Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Senior Shelter?

Designed with the frail and elderly in mind, residents statewide come to the 11-bed facility by referral from social service providers, area law enforcement, and hospitals. The goal is to help residents find permanent housing within 30 days. To date, Sunbeam has a 94 percent success rate in finding permanent housing for shelter residents.

In addition to temporary housing, we provide current shelter residents with access to Sunbeam’s counseling services and quality case management services. This support helps residents to:

  • Re-establish ties with family
  • Rebuild self-esteem
  • Apply for housing or find non-subsidized housing
  • Help with job searches
  • Prepare for their new home
  • Monitor medical appointments
  • Manage prescription refills
  • Connect with social service providers to coordinate resources and apply for benefits

For some former residents, Sunbeam becomes family. We follow up with residents after they are discharged and invite them back for activities, including reunion luncheons. Former residents say that this opportunity for socialization and support is very important in maintaining their residency placement after leaving Sunbeam.

Making Referrals

Admission to the shelter is by referral from a social/human services agency. To learn more about the Emergency Senior Shelter, call Senior Shelter Manager Coretha Viney at 405.609.1058.

Did You Know?

We have a

94% success rate

in finding permanent housing for seniors.


We are the

only shelter

in Oklahoma that allows married couples to stay together


Our shelter is the only

Emergency Senior Shelter

in Oklahoma.


In 2014,

35 percent

of residents were Veterans.