We’re excited to share our inaugural newsletter with you. For some of you, this may be your first formal introduction to Tulsa Responds and are wondering who we are and what we do. Tulsa Responds was created in April 2020 by the George Kaiser Family Foundation to assist small businesses applying for emergency SBA loans and grants. In the 20 months since, we’ve adapted to partner with local organizations to provide FREE navigation services for a host of programs including Medicaid and Healthcare Marketplace enrollment, free tax filing assistance, internet subsidies, SNAP enrollment, and more.

We know that the people who need these services the most are juggling many other needs at once; oftentimes the process is overly complicated and one snag is enough for many to give up. That’s where Tulsa Responds comes in: we’re here to help shoulder that burden, to apply the shortcuts and lessons we’ve learned from other clients, and advocate for additional assistance when necessary. With a little extra help, our clients can successfully access several services that make up our social safety net.

The goal of our newsletter is to update you on the services we’re providing, promote upcoming events, and to share your events and programs. In this month’s newsletter you will learn about:
  • A list of our services and how to access them
  • Our upcoming family health fair on November 20
  • Open enrollment (November 1)
  • How you can promote your own events and organization in our next newsletter
Thanks for taking the time to read and learn about Tulsa Responds. We look forward to hearing from you!

Marcela Swenson
Executive Director, Tulsa Responds
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Tulsa Responds Services 

Tulsa Responds provides navigation services for a variety of programs, and oftentimes the same household will qualify for two or more of our services. We rely on community partners and individuals like you to spread the word and refer clients to us. If you know of someone in need of assistance you can refer them in the following ways:
  • Fill out a quick form on our website:
  • Give us a call: 918.900.0918
  • Unite Us: If your organization is on Unite Us, each of our programs can be found in the network directory. Refer your clients to us directly through Unite Us to track the status of your referral

Health Care Enrollment

We can assist any uninsured individual enroll in either SoonerCare or the Healthcare Marketplace. Thanks to the recent Medicaid expansion, many Oklahomans are newly eligible for SoonerCare, and open enrollment begins November 1, so now is the time to reach out. Bonus: anyone we enroll in SoonerCare will become eligible for SNAP, and we'll help them enroll!
Child Tax Credit and Tax Filing Assistance
Non-filing households have until Nov. 15 to claim their child tax credit, and we can help!

In February we will once again partner with Goodwill VITA to help low-income households file their taxes for free so watch this space for updates.
Households participating in federal programs such as Medicaid and SNAP likely qualify for up to $75 off their broadband or wireless internet bill, EVERY MONTH. Help us help them and send them our way!
Resources for Small Businesses 
We've already helped nearly 1000 Tulsa area businesses apply for more than $182 million in loans and grants, and there is still money available! Put your favorite local business or contractor in touch with us and we'll help them apply for federal grants and loans.

Saturday, November 20, 2021 | 9AM - 12PM
Hicks Park Community Center


We're excited to be partnering with the Hicks Park Community Center and other local organizations to bring Tulsa families an exciting Health Fair! Bring your family, all ages are welcome! There will be fun activities for kids to participate in while parents enjoy the fair. 

** Each participating family will be entered to win a FREE Thanksgiving Turkey, Gift cards for Quick Trip, Oasis Fresh Market, and more! 
Download Family Fair Flyer

ACA Open Enrollment 2022
Tulsa Responds is partnering with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma to enroll the uninsured for an ACA plan. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped millions of people get health care coverage. Before the ACA, health insurance was unaffordable and unavailable for many. Now, the government will help pay monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs for qualifying individuals or families, and those with preexisting medical conditions can no longer be denied coverage.

Open Enrollment starts Monday, November 1. Patients must enroll by December 15, 2021 for coverage that starts January 1, 20221
Tulsa Responds is ready to help Tulsans find the right coverage plan and enroll by the December 15th deadline!  Visit our website or call 918.900.0918 to set up an appointment. 
Promote Your Organization or Event!
Tulsa Responds wants to help your organization get the word out about your upcoming events and services.

Fill out the quick form, below, by November 25 and we will make sure to put it in our next newsletter. 
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