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June 2022

Summer is here and things are heating up for Tulsa Responds! 

We're thrilled to resume our partnership with Goodwill VITA and Get Your Refund Tulsa to provide a special summer tax season to help those Tulsan households still needing to file their taxes. Our team is also ready to take advantage of the warmer weather to canvas more of our city, attend live events, and enroll even more households for free government benefits! 

Read on to find out how our current projects are doing and what events our partners are providing this summer: 
 

VITA Summer Tax Season 

Did you know that if you don't earn enough to owe taxes, you can file your taxes months after the April deadline? Did you also know that we can help filers submit their taxes from as far back as 2018? Beginning June 6th we will be opening our summer season to help those Tulsans earning less than $60,000 a year take advantage of no-cost tax filing assistance. If you know someone who still needs to file their taxes please let them know we can help. Our preparers can file for tax years 2018-2021. We will are offering in-person appointments at three locations (below) starting next week through the end of September. To schedule an appointment clients can fill out this form. 
  • Goodwill Industries
    2800 Southwest Blvd, Tulsa 
    Mon, Tues, Wed, & Fri, Sat:  9am-3pm 
     
  • Goodwill Yale 
    11667 S Yale Ave, Tulsa 
    Tues, Thurs: 4:30p-7:30p
     
  • South Tulsa Community House
    5780 S Peoria Ave, Tulsa
    Thurs: 9am-3pm
     
  • Secure, virtual appointments are also available to those with reliable access to the internet and a device with a camera. Filers can securely upload their tax documents by visiting GetYourRefundTulsa.org, and will be contacted by a preparer to complete the filing and quality review processes over the phone.


SoonerCare Enrollment

Our navigators are eager to canvass more neighborhoods, staff more events, and enroll more individuals in SoonerCare, The Health Marketplace, and SNAP benefits! To date, our navigators have helped over 800 clients enroll in SoonerCare and over 500 clients enroll in SNAP benefits. This work is made fruitful through the relentless passion of our Navigators to help those in need. 

 

ACP Benefit 

Recently, the White House announced that several internet providers have created high-speed internet packages for $30 or less, meaning Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) eligible households won't need to pay for their internet out of pocket! To help Tulsa households take advantage of this program Tulsa Responds is continuing to help eligible households apply for up to $75 off their monthly internet bill. Households with incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty line or those who participate in the majority of government assistance programs are eligible (eg. SoonerCare, SNAP, etc.)  

Anyone needing assistance with this benefit should fill out an application on our website https://www.tulsaresponds.org/internet.


Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) 

Our navigators continue to provide the best customer service possible to help those ERAP applicants requiring rental and utility assistance. To date, we have helped Restore Hope process 2,669 applications, resulting in more than $10M of rental assistance being distributed! To ensure that our clients have a better quality of life in the future, Restore Hope has partnered with the Financial Empowerment Center to help clients develop a financial plan, which includes creating a budget, paying off debt, building credit scores, and more! 
 

Isaiah 58 | Mission Trip Tulsa 

August 11-August 14

Isaiah 58 is offering a 4-day mission trip headquartered at the home of Isaiah 58, In His Service, Inc. at 3734 E. Admiral Place. 

As part of Mission Trip Tulsa, you'll get to meet many people right here in your own community who are suffering and lacking basic needs. During our time together you will learn about generational poverty, addiction, and mental illness and how through partnership and good care we can be supportive advocates to those in need. Through hearing real-life stories you'll gain a better understanding of how the systems designed to help the poor can often hold them down and what we can do to help. We will share cutting-edge research and programs that will inspire the average pew sitter to become informed compassionate, courageous, and caring life changers! 

Contact Deni Fholer at 918-260-1933 to register for this event.

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Isaiah 58, In His Service is a 501©3 nonprofit ministry. We are a gap filler ministry helping our neighbors in five areas: Financial, Tangible, Events, Transportation, and Social Services. Deni A. Fholer (Founder/Executive Director) is a degreed, licensed, and certified Social Worker who offers consultations for families in need. 

Some of the services offered by Isiah 58 include:
  • By partnering with a variety of non-profits, we provide resources to meet the tangible needs of our clients, while also referring them to different ministries and agencies in order to avoid duplication of services and support the great work that they do in our community. 
  • As part of our community service program, we provide court-mandated hours as well as school hours for children and teens. 
  • We are a Care Portal ministry through Battlecreek Church Downtown for foster families through DHS. 
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Fill out the quick form, below, by June 15th and we will make sure to put it in our next newsletter. 
 
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