Happy Birthday Audrey

Happy birthday photo for a woman served by a Tulsa Area United Way partner agency

We want to wish a very happy birthday Audrey because for nearly a year, she didn’t have a home and, sadly, no one to celebrate her 21st birthday. But Audrey’s life changed when our partner agency, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, gave Audrey the opportunity to leave homelessness behind in exchange for a real home at its Walker Hall Transitional Living Center. Walker Hall is home to young men and women who have overcome homelessness, have a serious mental illness, and, in some cases, are in transition from state custody or foster care.
When Audrey moved into Walker Hall last October, she not only had a safe place to live, but she was also connected to big things, like Social Security and insurance, and the little things that matter so much. For instance, Audrey learned how to cook her favorite meal, mac & cheese with homemade mashed potatoes. Best of all, her Walker Hall family celebrate her recent 22nd birthday. “Oh, my goodness, they threw me the best birthday party ever!” Audrey happily said.We’re so glad that TAUW staff got to play a small part in the party by providing the cake and balloons for the festivities. The next day, Audrey continued her celebration by welcoming a new housemate to Walker Hall — her brand-new guinea pig, Whiskers.  Happy birthday Audrey, and welcome home, Whiskers!

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