Mandy Woodruff, Executive Director of Oasis, Inc., a 501 (3)(C) charitable institution located at 410 E. Lee Ave. in downtown Sapulpa, has cause to celebrate, so she held an Open House on Friday, Feb. 2nd, Ms. Woodruff manages the Adult Day Service on one side of the building, and the new and unique strategy called “Discovery Enrichment Program on the other side. Adult Day Services offers medical supervision and a structured crafts, exercise, meals, and rest schedule for her “family members” as a privately-funded environment for those in need.
An exciting new development is the program, unique to Oklahoma, is a privately-funded environment for “anyone who has special needs, or are developmentally delayed or have physical needs,” said Ms. Woodruff. The activities are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, weather permitting. The newest program is called “Discovery – Self. Talent.Ability.” This motto conveys their Mission: “Every day we are breaking down the barriers and offering new opportunities to empower the people with their amazing, awesome, and God-given abilities to lead a more independent, dignified and purpose-driven life.”
Included in the Life Enrichment Skills are cooking class, exercises, educational activities, art, and eventually music. During the tour which took place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30th, the people were in a bright and cheerful room intently working on math sheets.
Patty Richie, from Creek County Literacy was there volunteering as she does three days a week, teaching the students math and language skills.
Ms. Woodruff has had years of experience dealing with patients, first as a Trauma Surgery Nurse for 10 years, and now leading the way for the people in her charge. A terrible accident, carbon monoxide poisoning in 2011, gave her more experience in dealing with “disability” since it left her incapacitated. She fought hard, and after 18 months of physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy, she has fully recovered.
“I kind of know what it’s like to be on the other side of recovery. I am very protective of how they are treated, how they are viewed, and we focus heavily on ability—not disability, “ Woodruff said.
At the Adult Day Services, Karen Crow, the Activity Director, praised the schedule that included, crosswords, Chair Zumba, brain games, and making desserts. Crow stressed eye-hand coordination, and helping the people keep their minds “fully engaged” with crafts and projects. The group has gone fishing and participated in costumed holiday parties, too, and they really enjoy that. “The main thing is for them to have as much fun as they can!” Ms. Crow said.
There are fund-raisers, and during the tour, people were working on wreaths to sell. Volunteers man a booth at the Route 66 Blow-out, and appreciate the interaction with passers-by, “even though they don’t get much traffic on Lee Avenue,” remarked Ms. Woodruff.
Most of the people live with care-givers or family members and may have Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or a stroke. The facility room looks like a large living room, with recliners, pictures and decorations, and round tables with homey table- cloths and centerpieces.
“We are family here,” said Ms. Woodruff, “We want them to be coming to another home, not a clinical setting.” To that end, no one wears scrubs, lanyards, or name-tags, for a “more home-like feel.”
Tours are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, throughout the month of February. Call for an appointment at 918/ 224-0410.

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