The Margaret Hudson Program to consolidate operations in Broken Arrow

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                

CONTACT: MHP Exec. Director Betina Tillman @ 918-833-9865 / tillmbe@tulsaschools.org.

May 1, 2017. To ensure the financial capability of the agency to serve pregnant and parenting teen girls, the Board of Directors of the Margaret Hudson Program (MHP) has made the heartbreaking decision to close its Tulsa campus, which it operated in partnership with Tulsa Public Schools. When the 2017-2018 school year begins in August, MHP will operate exclusively from its Broken Arrow campus at 751 W. Knoxville Street. Thanks to the generous support its donors and philanthropic contributors, the agency owns its BA facility debt-free. MHP students will receive their academic education from Broken Arrow Public Schools. Students from any area school district can request a transfer to attend MHP’s BA program.

The financial strains of the Margaret Hudson Program began last year due to state budget cuts that resulted in the permanent loss of $385,990 of annual Oklahoma Early Childhood Program (OECP) funding from the Oklahoma Department of Education. Last August, MHP received the unexpected news that it would no longer receive annual Tulsa Area United Way (TAUW) funding. MHP received $385,000 of TAUW funds in 2016 to support its health, counseling, childcare and case management services.

Last fall, in response to the combined loss of the OECP and United Way funding, the MHP Board of Directors implemented a set of extensive cost-saving measures. The loss of the OECP funding required cuts in the capacity of the childcare program. The student counseling program was restructured and now utilizes contractual community mental health organizations, replacing its employee counseling staff. Significant cutbacks were also made to administrative staff.

The Margaret Hudson Program operates with a diverse set of funding sources that includes government grants and contracts, individual, business and faith contributors, and philanthropic support. The agency is conducting a major fundraising effort to increase its annual charitable donations. Multiple fundraising strategies are being pursued, including public awareness and fundraising events, an annual pledge campaign and a GoFundMe account with a goal of raising $200,000. To close the current fiscal year that ends on June 30, 2017 “in the black,” the Margaret Hudson Program needs to receive $411,919 in contributions. Recently, the agency’s fundraising drive was recently bolstered by a generous $100,000 donation made by the Saint Francis Volunteer Auxiliary. MHP invites the community to attend a family-friendly All Stars Basketball Game fundraising event on June 17, 2017 at Oral Roberts University’s Mabee Center.

Request for Operational Support. All charitable donations made to the Margaret Hudson Program will be exclusively used to pay the agency’s general operating costs. MHP invites the community to become supporting partners and help teen mothers build successful and healthy futures for their families.

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