Stillwater CARES exists to assist other organizations to collectively address the prevention and alleviation of poverty in relational and responsible ways. We specialize in coordinating strategic community alliances and synchronizing best practices so that the maximum number of people can be served with the available community resources.
The history of Stillwater CARES is deeply rooted in caring. In 2008, a group of local pastors and other social service directors came together to address the continued growth of the under-resourced population in the Stillwater community. Knowing that it was essential to address this problem, and that resources were limited, this group believed that there had to be a more efficient way to meet and manage the ongoing issue of poverty.
Oklahoma is the first state to establish a statewide initiative to address the prevention and alleviation of poverty. Using Bridges Out of Poverty constructs, “Bridge the Gap” communities are springing up across Oklahoma.
Stillwater CARES, as the local hub for Bridges out of Poverty, facilitates the local Bridge the Gap - Stillwater initiative by overseeing three specific areas:
Bridges Out of Poverty: Getting Ahead | CharityTracker Assistance Network | Community Benefit Programs