Lottie House hosts a ribbon cutting in honor of Dick & Glenna Tanenbaum’s drop-in center expansion donation

In a heartwarming display of generosity and community spirit, local philanthropist Dick Tanenbaum and his wife, Glenna, made a significant contribution that will have a lasting impact on the lives of our city’s homeless population. Dick’s donation has funded the expansion of the patio at Lottie House, our peer-run drop-in center in Oklahoma City, transforming it into a multifunctional space that serves as both a heating and cooling station. Last year, Lottie House had more than 16,000 knocks on the door in 2023. This new facility is a critical addition to our center, providing a safe and comfortable refuge for individuals experiencing homelessness, especially during extreme weather conditions.

The expanded, covered patio, now equipped with misters, heaters and wind/sun block side shades, offers a much-needed sanctuary where our guests can escape the harshness of the elements. During the sweltering summer months, the cooling station provides a cool and shaded area for individuals to find relief from the oppressive heat, significantly reducing the risk of heat-related illnesses. In the frigid winter months, the heating station offers a warm and inviting space, helping to prevent cold-related health issues such as hypothermia and frostbite. This dual-functionality ensures that our drop-in center can offer year-round support to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

The impact of the Tanenbaum’s donation extends beyond immediate physical comfort. By enhancing the facilities at our drop-in center, they have improved an environment where individuals come to feel valued and cared for. This supportive atmosphere is crucial for fostering a sense of community and hope among our participants as they work with the MHAOK team toward self-sustainability. The Tanenbaum’s contribution has truly transformed our drop-in center, making it a beacon of hope and a model for compassionate community support.

We are profoundly grateful to Dick and Glenna Tanenbaum for their generosity and vision. Their commitment to improving the lives of those experiencing homelessness is an inspiration to us all, and their donation will undoubtedly have a lasting positive impact on our community.

Photo: Dick Tanenbaum, MHAOK staff and MHAOK board members at the ribbon cutting held in conjunction with our Juneteenth celebration on June 19, 2024.