OKLAHOMA CITY – Logan Community Services, located in Guthrie, was awarded $9,000 in rapid response funding from the Arnall Family Foundation. The grant will be used to address needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and its immediate strain on those impacted by the state’s juvenile justice system.
Logan Community Services currently operates a 24/7 emergency youth shelter for children referred by the Office of Juvenile Affairs and OKDHS. The agency also provides counseling for youth currently in the juvenile justice system and prevention programming for at risk juveniles. The grant will help provide technology that will enable virtual counseling services and is expected to increase the number of counseling sessions by up to 20%.
The Arnall Family Foundation awarded $298,669 in rapid response funding to 27 governmental and nonprofit organizations throughout the state. The fund was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its immediate strain on those impacted by the state’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Guidelines for the fund requested proposals in three areas: technology, kinship support and informal care options for foster families. 60 organizations serving children, youth and families across the state submitted proposals for funding totaling more than $1 million in requests.
“We were so impressed with how quickly and thoughtfully all of the applicants adapted to ensure they can continue supporting their clients. Communities throughout the state are rising to the occasion to keep families and youth connected during a time when it is so easy to feel isolated,” said Sue Ann Arnall, founder and president of the Arnall Family Foundation. “It was important to us to quickly provide support to these populations that we know are experiencing immense stress as a result of this pandemic. That was our primary goal. But we are also hopeful that some of these immediate solutions will create opportunities for long-term benefits for children, youth and families, well after social distancing is no longer our reality.”
Since 2015, the Arnall Family Foundation has invested over $10 million in Oklahoma programs and systems that improve the lives of children and families involved in the child welfare system.