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March 2022

Spring has sprung and all of our projects are in full swing! Read on for some updates on our latest projects, and for our inaugural Navigators Spotlight in which we highlight some of the people who make our organization so special. 
 

Get Your Refund Tulsa

VITA Tax Season is well underway, and we're excited to report that so far this season we have helped 699 households receive $2,086,591! As the April 18th tax deadline quickly approaches, we still need your help spreading the news about about our free tax filing services. Taxpayers can file online or in person at one of our 6 locations throughout the city. We're also extremely pleased to announce that, thanks to the recruiting help of Uma Tulsa, we are now offering filing assistance for Spanish speakers 3 days a week at Martin Regional Library. Locations, hours, and more information on our services are below. Click here to see our recent news coverage.
 

SoonerCare Enrollment

As a result of our partnership with BEST, we were able to provide greater access to free government services like SoonerCare, SNAP food benefits, and the ACA Marketplace as well as referrals to other community resources in Tulsa. Our continued efforts to expand SoonerCare throughout our state have resulted in the enrollment of more than 500 new participants who have access to health insurance that covers most if not all of their medical expenses. Without our partnerships with BEST, the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority (OHCA), OK Human Services, Hunger Free Oklahoma, and others, we would not be able to help as many individuals and families as we do.

This team is also out in the community sharing information about our services. You'll see us at food distribution events like Catholic Charities, Common Ground Church, Food on the Move, and La Cosecha. We also attend special partner events, like the Oklahoma Works/American Job Center Hiring Event, the BeHeard Movement, and the OSU Institute of Technology Career Fair.

 

Emergency Rental Assistance

Our newest project is our partnership with Restore Hope Ministries, another local nonprofit. Restore Hope, along with the City of Tulsa, Tulsa County, and the State of Oklahoma are tasked with the responsibility of distributing emergency funds to residents in need of rental and utility assistance. To date, they have successfully distributed over $27M in assistance to more than 6,000 households by partnering with 3,050 landlords and utility companies. Helping Tulsans receive this assistance is perhaps the most urgent and rewarding project we've had the honor of working on and we are grateful to Restore Hope Ministries for this opportunity.

Now - April 18, 2022 
Free Tax Filing | Vita Goodwill 

Tulsa Responds is partnering with Goodwill to provide free tax prep for low to mid-income households so they can receive their full refund and not spend a penny on predatory services.  Last year we helped file more than $4 million in refunds and provided assistance to 3000+ households. This year we need your help to increase our impact! 

Households with an annual household income of $58,000 or less qualify for free tax preparation assistance from our IRS-certified tax preparers!  You must file your taxes to get your Child Tax Credit, missing stimulus checks, and other tax credits you are owed!

To make an appointment visit GetYourRefundTulsa.orf/start

What to Bring
  • Photo ID and Social Security Card for all people claimed. 
  • Income documents (W-2, 1099 forms).
  • Payment documents (Medical bills, mortgage interest, tuition payments, daycare expenses).
Locations

Martin Regional Library | 2601 S Garnett Rd
Mon, Wed - 12pm-4pm
Sat - 9am-3pm

Goodwill (Yale ) | 1661 S Yale Ave
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri - 9am-1pm
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri -  3pm-7pm

Goodwill (SW Blvd) | 2800 Southwest Blvd
Sat - 9am-3pm

Tulsa Dream Center | 200 W 46th St N
Mon, Thurs - 9am-1pm

South Tulsa Community House | 5780 S Peoria Ave
Mon, Thurs - 9am-2pm

Neighbors Along the Line | 5000 Charles Page Blvd
Mon - 1pm-7pm

Navigator Spotlight
Brandi Seals 

Get to know one of our amazing navigators! Brandi has been with us from the beginning; her natural ability to connect with clients and work for their good is an inspiration to us all! We asked her a few questions and here’s what she had to say!

1️⃣ What were you doing before Tulsa Responds: Before Tulsa Responds I was a stay-at-home mom entrepreneur/business owner.

2️⃣ How long have you been with Tulsa Responds? I have been partnered with Tulsa Responds since March 2020.

3️⃣ What have you been up to since you were hired? I have worked on projects spanning from helping small businesses access federal relief to helping TPS students transition to virtual learning, and currently, I'm helping applicants obtain emergency rental assistance from Restore Hope Ministries.

4️⃣ What are you currently doing? Working to develop my business while raising 3 teenage girls with my husband of 22 years!

5️⃣ Why do you enjoy working with Tulsa Responds? I love working with Tulsa Responds because it is so rewarding! I know all that I do is a benefit to the community. I get an intimate look into family's lives and get to be a part of the help that they receive. I immediately get to see or hear the fruit of my labor. I get to work with an awesome team with great people! Lastly, It all fits into my Mompreneur schedule!
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