From risk to opportunity - Tabitha
“Tabitha was knocked down a lot, but she always got back up,” said Jennifer Goodrich.

Tabitha came through Pivot’s doors when she was 16 years old and two years behind in school. She's now completed her course work and will walk this May, earning her high school diploma at 22-years-old. 
 
To find out more about Tabitha's story, click here .
Our heartfelt thanks to Kami

January 15, 2019

It’s always tough to see someone so formative and impactful leave our lives, so you’ll understand why our hearts are so heavy. Due to family concerns, Kami is relocating to Tulsa and will have to leave her position of leadership at Pivot. We are sad to see her go but understand that family always comes first.

Over the last three years, Kami has led our organization through tremendous growth and change. We are grateful for her time with Pivot and wish her many blessings in her next endeavor.

On behalf of the board of trustees, it is my great pleasure to announce Jennifer Goodrich as our acting interim President and CEO. For almost 20 years, Jennifer has been an integral part of our therapeutic care team and has for the last several years served as Vice President of Programs. The growth of Pivot’s programs, and the life changing outcomes being achieved by the youth we serve, are in large part a result of her leadership, passion and understanding of the kids we help, and the staff she marshals to such fantastic effect.

Join me and the rest of Pivot in thanking Kami for her dedicated service, and in wishing Jennifer the best in continuing the upward momentum of Pivot, A  Turning Point for Youth.

Peter Fulmer
Chair, Board of Trustees
Pivot Talk

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “what are you doing for others?” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Pivot as an organization, and its dedicated staff, responds to this call with action, daily. In 2019, we will continue to be a leader and an engaged partner in our community to address key issues such as youth homelessness, challenges faced when transitioning out of foster care and responding effectively to juvenile justice issues – breaking down barriers to meet the needs of the youth we serve.

We will be a force for shifting the conversation from ‘what’s wrong with you’ to ‘what happened to you’ by providing cutting edge trauma responsive care and educational opportunities to those working with youth in our schools. Most importantly we will continue to connect with youth to empower them, providing them the resources they need for long term success. By our actions we will say, ‘we see you’, ‘we hear you’ and ‘you matter.’ More young people, like Tabitha, will know their past experiences do not dictate their future. That they are worthy of more.

One of the most impactful ways for you to help us transition youth from a life of fear and instability to one of hope and opportunity is through your charitable gifts. If you haven’t already, please consider sponsoring our annual event, One Eighty, an evening benefiting Pivot . You will find information below.

Jennifer Goodrich
Interim President and CEO
Reach for the Stars took a One Eighty

You're invited to Pivot's annual fundraiser, One Eighty, an evening benefiting Pivot, at the historic Farmers Public Market on Friday, April 12, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

While the event name has changed, the fun will remain! The planning committee has a few surprises in store that you won't want to miss, including this year's honoree, H.E. "Gene" Rainbolt. Gene is a local business leader and philanthropist who's passionate about Pivot's mission and the needs of the vulnerable youth we serve. We hope you will join us!

Sponsorships for the event are now available. Contact Melanie at melanie.anthony@pivotok.org or call (405) 235-7537. You may also reserve your table online . We look forward to seeing you in April!
Your Support Brought Holiday Smiles

This holiday season, more than 100 young people had a holiday to remember. On December 13, Pivot hosted a holiday party with great food, games, gifts, and a very busy photo-booth, for more than 60 youth. For those who could not attend, they received their presents by special delivery from our team here at Pivot. The holiday celebration concluded Christmas morning when the youth in our shelter woke up to a room filled with brightly packaged gifts hand-picked just for them.

Our hearts were filled with joy and hope this holiday season from the outpouring of gifts and countless hours served by volunteers with the sole purpose of putting smiles on the faces of our youth. Special thanks to two anonymous donors, Edmond Dental Center, First Christian Church, the Hast Family, Insight Creative Group, Mission Quilters, OKC Alumnae Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha, Revenue Management Solutions, SmileTime Photo Booth, Ted's Cafe Escondido, our Teen Service Board, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Zonta Club of Central Oklahoma and other private donors.

Thank you to everyone who helped build positive memories for our young people. 
Workplace Warriors!

What a fun fall! Our thanks to everyone who supported Pivot via payroll deductions or one-time gifts through your workplace giving campaigns including the United Way of Central Oklahoma Campaign, Heart of the City Campaign and State Charitable Campaign. It’s a privilege to be invited to speak to your employees and host your groups on a tour of our campus. Your contribution will make a positive impact on the lives of youth in Central Oklahoma. 
Tiny Home Update

The team at Pivot continues to be astounded by the interest in and commitment to our tiny home project. We’ve had countless professionals volunteer their expertise, and numerous companies have donated services and product to ensure youth have a safe place to live and thrive.
 
Click here to see who is going BIG for #teamtiny, and how you can help.
Calendar of Events

January 29 - February 28: Turning Point Tours
Spend an hour with us to learn more about how lives are being transformed and hear success stories from our resilient youth. To reserve your spot, email Brittany Maune or call (405) 235-7537. Click here fo r upcoming dates of the tours.

February 28: 'Day in the Life ' Simulation
Have you ever wondered what the challenges our youth face look like? How being on their own, not having stable housing, access to food or resources might seem overwhelming? Sign up now to attend Pivot’s ‘Day in the Life’ simulation to help you better understand the barriers our youth face, and how Pivot helps these kids not only overcome their barriers but thrive in a future of hope and opportunity. RSVP with Brittany via email or call (405) 235-7537.

April 1: Oklahoma Nonprofit Advocacy Day at the State Capitol
Join us from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the State Capitol to get to know our state legislators and discuss the mission and needs of Pivot. More information coming soon!

April 12: One Eighty, an evening benefiting Pivot
Our annual event name has changed from Reach for the Stars! to One Eighty, an evening benefiting Pivot . We believe the new name better reflects who we are and what we do in the lives of the youth we serve. Join us to raise much needed funds to provide life transforming services to youth in need.
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