Sunbeam Continues to Provide Essential Services During COVID-19

As an essential agency, Sunbeam continues providing essential services to Central Oklahoma.  If you would like more information, or more information on how you can help, contact Angie Doss at  Financial gifts help us continue serving our community. Please consider making a donation online or by contacting Angie Doss.

Early Childhood Services 

  • Infants, toddlers, and preschool age children enrolled at Educare Oklahoma City, which is currently closed, are still connecting with us for essential services via phone, texts, apps, videos and software systems.  
  • Through the weekly “Home Pack” distribution,  food, milk and formula are being provided to all families.  Diapers, wipes, educational learning activity bags, community resources, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and mental health strategies are also included in the “Home Pack”.   If families can’t make the distribution due to transportation issues or because they are at risk, we’re making porch drop deliveries to ensure they receive the “Home Packs”. 
  • Each week, calls are made to each family to discuss their needs and available resources.  Referrals are also being made for Mental Health consultation as requested for our Infant Mental Health Clinicians. 
  • Sunbeam provides weekly consultation to the courts regarding best practices in the Infant Early Childhood Mental Health field. Most court hearings have been postponed, except for daily show cause hearings. Sunbeam continues to connect with court team members and provide guidance. With a better understanding of the effects of trauma, court system staff are using technology to keep young children connected to biological parents during this pandemic. These best practice ideas developed in response to COVID-19 have the potential to continue to be implemented and positively impact babies and young children in the child welfare system.    

Counseling and Mental Health Services 

  • With new Telehealth services, our community can receive mental health support through video counseling sessions from the comfort of their own homes.  This convenient service is available during work hours, after work and over the weekend.

Senior Services 

  • We continue finding permanent housing for seniors experiencing homelessness while they reside in our Emergency Senior Shelter.  We are also following CDC guidelines and are taking resident and staff temperatures twice a day. 
  • We are providing support groups to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and also respite caregivers through Zoom. 

Foster Care  Services 

  • We continue to serve foster families 24/7 and have families have started the process to become foster parents. 
  • In partnership with Counseling Services, we launched a support group for foster parents.