E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation Grants $15,000 to Upward Transitions

OKLAHOMA CITY- The E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation awarded a grant of $15,000 to Upward Transitions that will be used for assisting clients with emergency relief and direct services, supporting its mission to prevent generational poverty.

Upward Transitions’ CEO, Periann Pulliam shared, “We are so grateful to receive this generous gift from the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation. Their continued support allows us to work in collaboration with community partners to prevent and reduce homelessness in Oklahoma County.”

Since 1925, Upward Transitions has touched the lives of Oklahomans in need. Research supports the practice that the most effective programs work by giving one-time cash assistance to those on the brink of homelessness who can demonstrate they will be able to pay rent in the future. According to a Notre Dame 2016 study, those who received assistance were 76% less likely to become homeless after 6 months. Upward Transitions’ programs show that 85% of clients maintained stable housing with utilities connected for one year after receiving assistance.

Upward Transitions is an Oklahoma County non-profit serving families and individuals who are stranded, homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless by providing case management and stabilizing resources to help meet basic social needs.

Edward L. Gaylord and his wife Thelma established the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation in 1994 to support a wide range of charitable activities. The Foundation continues Gaylord’s commitment to improving the lives of Oklahomans.

Please visit www.upwardtransitions.org to learn more about Upward Transition’s available programs and services in central Oklahoma.


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