A Stepping Stone to Home
After a community need was identified for safe shelter for senior citizens in our state, Sunbeam Family Services stepped up to provide the resource for senior adults, age 60+. Seniors may need shelter because of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and/or exploitation, as well as homelessness due to mental illness or catastrophic medical expenses.
Who Is Eligible for the 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.
Admission to the shelter is by referral from a social/human services agency. To learn more about the Senior Shelter, call Senior Shelter Case Manager, Paula Bailey, at 405-609-1987 Ext. 137.
Did You Know?
We have a 94% success rate in finding permanent housing for seniors.
Our shelter is the only homeless shelter for seniors in Oklahoma.
35% of residents served are veterans.
We are the only shelter in Oklahoma that allows married couples to stay together