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530 East Main St. • Norman, OK 73071
405 • 364 • 3703
IN DUNCAN, OKLAHOMA
Children in high-risk situations need a safe and nurturing after school option. Bonnie Talley realized this was a problem in her community and she did something about it. She started Gabriel’s House in 1998 and continues to volunteer as the program director so 36 of the most at-risk children in Kindergarten through third grade in Duncan Public Schools have quality after school care. Children receive a nutritious snack, individualized homework and literacy assistance, enrichment opportunities and character development lessons.
Sarkeys Foundation awarded a $10,010 grant for 15 new computers with age appropriate educational software so Gabriel’s House can continue to fulfill its mission of helping children succeed academically and socially.
There are three houses located near Title I elementary schools. Each house has been purchased and is maintained by a local church including property and liability insurance as well as utilities. In this way, Gabriel’s House is able to use 100 percent of the funds they raise for programs and operational expenses. With a volunteer program director and an administrative director, Karla Buchanan, whose salary is paid by a donor each year, they are a lean organization with six part-time employees and no full-time employees.
Hundreds of volunteers help during the school year, from local high school and middle school honor and service organizations, church youth groups and retired professionals. A handful of donors from the community make it possible for all 36 children to participate in dance lessons and martial arts programs.
Gabriel’s House truly is a community treasure in Duncan, addressing the nutritional, academic, social, character and enrichment gaps for children. Sarkeys Foundation is proud to play a small part in shaping the lives of these children, their families and the community of Duncan. For more information please visit http://gabriels-house.tripod.com/