Men hoping to move into a local ministry’s transitional living residence will have to wait a while longer.
They won’t be able to move into their new home in time for Christmas, but an unexpected delay has actually turned into a blessing in disguise, said Chase Parsons, co-founder and executive director of the Oklahoma City Dream Center.
Parsons said the dream center had planned to open its first transitional living home for men in September but a storm caused so much damage that the opening was cancelled.
Straight line winds tore the roof off the house on the center’s property at 2215 SW 55 and now center leaders are trying to raise the $50,000 insurance deductible needed to repair the resulting damage.
Parsons said the interior of the residence sustained heavy water damage once the roof had been “peeled off.” The ministry leader said some bed frames and other furniture items were salvaged but the carpet and much of the furniture sustained damage beyond repair.
“With all the rain, everything got soaked,” Parsons said.
“I don’t think it was ever going to be a quick process.”
The storm damage occurred three days before the home was set to open. Parsons and other dream center staff and volunteers had planned to welcome a group of men to set up transitional living quarters.
He said the residence was to house up to 14 men. Many of them were able to stay where they had already found short-term shelter after the storm, and a few others were referred to other organizations offering transitional housing.
Most importantly, no one was injured during the storm because the men had not yet moved in.
“Everybody was disappointed but we were very thankful that none of them were there at the time,” Parsons said.
Remaining optimistic, Parsons said though the home may not open for another three to four months, the current repair effort has been beneficial.
There are improvements to the building that will now be made.
For instance, the building will have a sprinkler system installed to meet insurance company requirements and it did not have that type of system initially.
Also, Parsons said the center will be able to house more men due to the repair project. He said an upstairs space that had not been prepared initially will now be renovated for use.
“We’re progressing,” he said.
“We hope to rebuild better going forward.”
How to help
For more information about the Oklahoma City Dream Center or to make a donation for the center’s transitional living house repair project, go to https://www.dcokc.org/.