High Gas Prices Impact Foster Care Organization’s Mobile Service
TULSA, Okla. – Fostering Connections, a Tulsa nonprofit that provides essential supplies to foster families in Tulsa and rural communities, may soon have to shut down its mobile service.
The increase in the price of gasoline makes travel difficult.
“We didn’t expect to pay this kind of fuel price,” Rosie Still said.
Still is the Business and Volunteer Coordinator at Fostering Connections. She also drives their mobile unit.
The mobile unit, Mobile Connections, provides clothing, toys, books, hygiene products and other essential needs to host families in rural counties.
“Often, when children are placed in foster care, they have nothing. They come in with the clothes on their backs,” Still said.
They visit six counties, Creek, Okmulgee, Osage, Rogers, Wagoner and Washington, each month. Still fills the bus every week.
Friday morning, using diesel, it cost $196.29 to refuel the bus from a quarter tank. Always said that under $200 is a good day.
On average, they spend between $800 and $1,000 a month to have enough gasoline to serve these rural families. As prices continue to climb, Still says it’s getting harder to get the program.
“Never in a million years. Honestly, I thought my bus would fall apart first. I didn’t think the gas would stop our program,” Still said.
She says many of the small communities they serve don’t have many other providers to help foster families.
“It’s every month and the same people can go every month. There’s nothing like it,” said Michele Marlow, an adoptive mother who lives in Bartlesville.
She has visited the mobile unit and says it is very helpful for her family and other people in the area.
“You can get one pair of shoes and four outfits for your child each month,” Marlow said. “Just having someone who can come to us is just amazing.”
Fostering Connections wants to continue to provide this crucial service to foster families in our area.
“I don’t know what we would do if we lost him, now that we have him,” Marlow said.
There are several ways to help, including making a donation through paypal, venmo, give alive or their website, or texting MOBILECONNECT at 44-321 to donate.
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