The food and wine event is 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Norman Arts Council Gallery, 122 E. Main St., and benefits Sanctuary Womens Development Center, said Sonny Wilkinson, Catholic Charities senior director of mission advancement.
This is really the first year its a true fundraiser, he said. Last year, we tried it out, more just to raise awareness of Sanctuary in the community. Now, were seeking community support.
Sanctuary is a place for homeless and at-risk women and children to access basic services and do laundry, take showers and use computers. Its not an overnight shelter, but it does provide a safe place to stop.
Its more than temporary relief, though, Wilkinson said. When the people who come to Sanctuary lower their defenses and establish a rapport with the staff, case managers are there to work with them to help them understand and overcome setbacks and challenges.
They help create a service plan and interface with other agencies in Norman to give them the best access to the help they need, he said. We want to help elevate people out of homelessness.
Sanctuary sees about 231 women a month, based on sign-ins, and Wilkinson said it has seen 700 new women using the service in the past year.
We were shocked when we studied it just how big the homeless population is in Norman. Its larger, per capita, than Oklahoma City, Wilkinson said.
There is a scarcity of affordable housing in Norman and a lack of long-term shelters, making Sanctuarys work all the more important.
Kristin Mumiukha, assistant director of Sanctuary in Norman, developed a life skills curriculum at Sanctuary, and its also taught at the OKC location and at Holy Family Home in Midwest City. The program teaches basics hygiene, health, housekeeping that arent always available to those caught in a cycle of poverty.
Jax Soul Kitchen, Blus BBQ & Burgers, O Asian Fusion, Interurban and other restaurants will provide appetizers paired with unique red cocktails at the casual dress event. Tickets are limited but are available for $65 at crimsoncocktails.com.
In addition to raising money for Sanctuary, Wilkinson said he hopes the event will help spotlight some of Normans artists and restaurants.
We wanted it to be in Norman and to be centered around the community because the women at Sanctuary need the communitys support, he said.
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