9/10/2012 – OKC, OK — Local non-profit, No Boundaries International (NBI), continues to unite a south Oklahoma City neighborhood plagued by violence, prostitution and drugs. This weekend NBI hosted an open house for their newly purchased and renovated HOPE house near SW 42 and S. Robinson Avenue.
HOPE stands for Homeless, Oppressed, Prostituted and the Elderly – in that vein, NBI purchased the small 800 square foot home in June to establish roots in the community they aim to support through Christian ethics, outreach, and renewing a sense of community and compassion for their fellow man and woman.
The open house, held this past Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., was well attended by around 140 children, residence and community leaders.
Donated hot dogs fresh off the grill, with chips, cookies and drinks were provided to all guests. An NBI volunteer provided two professional clowns who entertained dozens of children with face painting and balloon animals. JohnTV’s own Brian Bates and his wife Vickie Bates provided free ice cream via the Roxy’s Ice Cream Social food truck.
The open house was topped off by a tree dedication ceremony in the front yard. A large plum tree was purchased by NBI in the memory of Rusti Bates – a young mother of three and victim of S. Robinson Ave. who was senselessly killed by a hit-and-run driver in recent weeks. After Rusti’s death, NBI stepped up and secured a church for Rusti’s funeral, located donors to provide food and setup a fund to cover cremation and other expenses. Rusti’s funeral was performed by NBI’s own Dr. Lori Basey.
Several of Rusti’s family members were present at the open house and helped to plant the tree and spread Rusti’s ashes at its base.
NBI plans to move a missionary couple into the HOPE house in the coming days so that their will be a 24/7 presence in the neighborhood.
NBI already conducts weekly adopt-a-block activities – with volunteers servicing a six block area – picking up litter (that often includes used condoms, drug needles, crack pipes and more), distributing groceries to those in need and performing tasks such as large garbage removal, tree trimming, and other chores elderly residence find difficult to perform.
NBI also hosts kids activities that often include crafts, lawn games and even water balloon fights.
In October NBI plans to begin hosting outdoor kid friendly movie nights on a large 20′ screen in the HOPE house backyard.
In the days and weeks leading up to the open house, many individuals and companies have come forward to support this effort – some of those included - a free roof for the HOPE house and detached garage by Myer’s Roofing, a professional security camera system by local criminal defense attorney Scott Adams of Adams and Associates, donated flooring (wood and tile), and more.
NBI and the new HOPE house was recently featured in The Oklahoman.