Pearl Opel Thorpe had a vision, a hope really, that a shelter for homeless women and their children could become a reality in Tulsa. It was a need she saw, a need that she shared with Dr. Kathy Cook, then the Executive Director of United Methodist Circle of Care.
While visiting a shelter that cared for homeless women but could not accommodate their children, Ms. Thorpe said to Dr. Cook, “My hope is that someday I will be able to provide for a place like this, but one that would be able to keep the women and their children together.” With the help of David Battles, Executive Vice-President of the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation, Ms. Thorpe kept that hope alive and upon her death, her estate was placed with the Foundation to provide for just such a program. Circle of Care worked closely with Battles and the Foundation to ensure that Ms. Thorpe’s dream would finally become a reality. And it did!
In late September 2008, Pearl’s Hope Transitional Housing opened at the Frances E. Willard Ministry Center in Tulsa.
Pearl’s Hope provides housing and an array of support services for single mothers and their children. Most importantly, we assist in keeping families together. Because too many shelters cannot accommodate large families or boys over the age of 13, many families are forced to place their children with friends or relatives while mothers work to get back on their feet. Fortunately, the spacious living environment of the cottages at the Frances E. Willard Ministry Center allows us to accept families of most any size and children (boys and girls) up to age 18.
For more information on Pearl’s Hope Transitional Housing, please call (918) 583-9506.