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Oasis searches for solutions in financial desert

Oasis is bracing for state budget cuts and launching the Discovery program which will provide much needed services at reduced cost. (Wilson/KTUL)

As joyful as it is, the heart on the wall of the Oasis center in Sapulpa doesn't come close to capturing the feeling in the room.

"The people here truly love their job, you can tell," said Kim Pyles, mother of 24-year-old Coleman, a client.

An adult day center for people with cognitive disabilities, Oasis is currently having its heart ripped apart by state budget cuts.

"We are looking at the possibility of losing 30 of our participants due to funding cuts," said Oasis Site Manager and nurse, Tina Dobbs.

At the Tulsa location, the budget cuts put 12 people out of work and 60 clients looking for somewhere new to help them.

"It was devastating, we were almost like refugees all of the people at the other Oasis," said Pyles.

Kim now brings her son Coleman to the Sapulpa location where she says he loves it. While that love is in the air, there's also grave concern about the cuts that kick in at the end of the month.

"Let's just figure out a way to rally around these folks. I mean, they need it," said Oasis Executive Director Mandy Woodruff.

The facility is now planning to launch the Discovery program, a more economical version of their existing services.

"There won't be any medical staff, and we won't be able to address any medical needs, it will just be kind of the enrichment and socialization part of it," Woodruff said. "So we're looking at sliding scales and we're looking at different options if you need the medical."

Heartache at Oasis, with a message to lawmakers whose squabbles over dollars and cents are put to shame by a mother's definition of the bottom line.

"A community is only as good as you treat the most vulnerable people," said Pyles.

For more information about Oasis call (918) 224-0410 or visit their Facebook page.

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