Stand in the gap

Stand in the Gap was founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1997. It has staff in Tulsa and Oklahoma City and primarily serves those metro areas. . Today, Stand in the Gap is impacting the lives of more than 3000 orphans, widows and prisoners annually. It raises funds through generous donations from individuals, churches and businesses as well as various foundation partners. The three programs of Stand in the Gap are    1) Life Launch, which serves young adults who have aged out of foster care, 2) Stand in the Gap for Widows, which obviously provides social support and friendship for widows, and 3) Women in Transition, which helps women who have been released from incarceration. Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors in Life Launch and Women in Transition and to befriend widows in Stand in the Gap for Widows. For information, go to the website at http://www.standinthegap.org.


The Peace & Justice Ministry at St. Bernard Church sponsors many children through the scholarship fund operated by Unbound, which serves children attending schools in poor, underdeveloped areas of third world countries. The children can be young enough for elementary schools or old enough for university programs. The children who receive support from Unbound are required to make satisfactory grades, participate in service projects, and serve as positive role models.

Volunteers can support Unbound in two ways. First, households can adopt one or more students of their own by contacting Unbound.org. The cost is $36/month per student. Secondly, sponsored students correspond with the households or organizations that are sponsoring them. Because our Peace & Justice office is supporting many students, we get far more correspondence than we can handle. We need volunteers to help read the letters we receive and write responses on behalf of the parish.


St. John Hospice is the longest-established hospice in Tulsa, having provided more than 30 years of compassionate service. Volunteers are needed to work with professional staff, providing a wide range of support services. For information, call Linda Buck, Community Liaison, at 918-747-7901; email linda.buck@ahah.net