Family finds hope in sharing community



Meet William.

His full name is not being used to protect his and his family’s privacy.

Debbye McClurg with the Department of Human Resources shares William’s story not because he is in need today, but because the “Share the Spirit” attitude in Claremore and Rogers County has made a difference in his life.

William is a former construction worker. He was injured and through the assistance of Vocational Rehab went back to school.

As life happens, he met and married, and became an instant father to three children and later added two of his own.

While William was in school, he and his family of seven found themselves living in a small trailer provided by another family member. It was barely livable.

He learned about Habitat for Humanity and how a little sweat equity could go a long way in improving his growing family’s living conditions.

William’s family applied for a three- or four-bedroom home for a family of seven. In a manner of speaking they lucked out because there was a five-bedroom house that had been built, but the family it had been intended no longer qualified.

William was thrilled to finally have a home of his own.

He was more excited to know his “sweat equity” was going to help another family with their home.

Since then, William has been retrained and now works at an engineering firm. His wife stays home to raise the five kids.

During a recent interview, he was asked, “ Do you rent or own?”

His ecstatic reply, “I own.”

McClurg said this is an example of how voc rehab, DHS, Habitat for Humanity and other community resources like Share the Spirit work together to change the lives of Rogers County residents for the better.

William’s family is nothing less than an example of how the “miracle of giving” works. Your contribution to Share the Spirit’s annual campaign to raise funds for Christmas food baskets can make a difference for another family.

Tax-deductible donations can be made to Share the Spirit, P.O. Box 248, Claremore, OK 74018, or left at the Claremore Progress business office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The goal is $19,000. In addition to cash donations, non perishable foods and canned goods can be dropped at several locations around the city: City Hall reception area, City Police Department, The Daily Progress office, Will Rogers Library, Community Center, Recreation Center and the City Warehouse.

Food baskets are distributed throughout the city and the greater Rogers County area.