Cherokee Nation donation helps open emergency shelter in Stilwell


Officials with Orchard Road Community Outreach Inc. and the Cherokee Nation cut a ribbon Monday to officially open the Turning Point emergency shelter in Stilwell Monday.

STILWELL, Okla. —Thanks to a three-year effort by Orchard Road Community Outreach Inc. and a grant by the Cherokee Nation, the old Circle Inn Motel in Stilwell officially reopened Monday as a new emergency housing shelter.

New Life Church in Adair County operates the nonprofit Orchard Road Community Outreach and used a $105,000 Cherokee Nation Community Work Grant to help remodel the motel into a nine-room emergency housing shelter that provides food and clothing to victims of fire, disasters and other emergency situations. Bedding, pillows, linen and furniture were also donated by Cherokee Nation Businesses.

Orchard Road Community Outreach and Cherokee Nation officials cut the ribbon to officially open the center, named Turning Point, on Monday.

“The Cherokee Nation is proud to partner on a critical project like this that helps some of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “We have a moral obligation to help people, who for whatever reason find themselves in dire need. This new shelter is a testament to building successful coalitions that provide much-needed services in our communities.”

Former police officer Sheridan Jones and his wife, Jerre, who just retired from selling insurance, is selling their Adair County home to live on site at the shelter and run it.

Established in 2009, Orchard Road Community Outreach has helped more than 1,000 citizens with lodging, food and other essentials to battle through emergencies. The organization previously housed citizens in need of lodging in area motels or at the church and also operated the community service organization from church offices.

“Without the help and support of the Cherokee Nation we would not have been able to provide this valuable asset,” said New Life Church Pastor Max Ford. “We want to thank Chief Baker and all those involved, and let everyone know it is making a huge difference in our communities.”

The nonprofit also offers education and support to unwed mothers, teaching life skills, helping with GED preparation and providing job search assistance. The group is working to open a women’s shelter in Adair County as well.

For more information on Orchard Road Community Outreach Inc., call 918-696-7247. For more information on the Cherokee Nation Community Work Grant, call 918-207-4953.

Cherokee Nation News Release
Julie Hubbard - 918-207-3896 

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