Our Mission

To prevent generational poverty through community collaboration, emergency relief and empowerment, therefore inspiring hope with our neighbors experiencing housing instability.

For nearly 100 years, Upward Transitions has touched the lives of Oklahomans in need.

Upward Transitions serves families and individuals who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or stranded by providing case management and stabilizing resources to help meet basic social needs. Our ultimate goal is to assist families and individuals during times of financial devastation, so they remain – or can return to being – productive contributors to their community.

Upward Transitions was founded in 1925 as Travelers Aid and was one of the first agencies to become a member of the United Way of Central Oklahoma and one of the oldest non-profits in Oklahoma City.  We receive support from a diverse set of funding sources including the United Way, private foundations, federal, and city grants.


Our Stewardship

Upward Transitions works hard to be good stewards of the funds we are given to serve our clients. We answer to a volunteer Board of Directors who oversee budgets, spending, and quality control.

We are 100% debt free, and we own our offices.

89 cents of every dollar donated goes toward our programs benefitting our clients.

How your donation impacts our mission:

  • $2,500 can prevent 4 families from being evicted.


  • $1,000 can restore utilities for 3 families.


  • $500 can pay public housing deposits for 4 families.


  • $250 can help a victim of domestic violence travel to a safe location.


  • $100 can help 4 citizens obtain identifcation documents to re-establish their ID to secure employment.


  • $50 can provide work clothes for 1 person to start a new job.


  • $25 can help provide gasoline for 1 person to travel to work for 1 week.
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