Despite 20 years of experience, Ella Alexander has been struggling to find a job after being laid off. She is worried without a job she will lose her home, which she worked so hard for.
Adam Dani is a father and a husband. He has been searching for a job for over 8 months, forcing his wife, a stay-at-home mom, to find part time work while he does consultant work in between job hunting.
The Oklahoma Impact Team
OKLAHOMA CITY -- About 6.6 percent of Oklahomans are unemployed, according to the latest numbers from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
The commission's December report showed some hope for the state with a drop of .5 percent points from the previous month.
However, that hope isn't shared by the more than 117,000 Oklahomans without a job.
While state leaders say Oklahoma's unemployment rate is better than the national average, the impact of the economic downturn is still being felt by those in the state struggling to find work.
Frequently unemployment is merely reported as a statistic, but the Oklahoma Impact Team is taking a closer look at the people behind the numbers.
They're our neighbors, our friends and fellow Oklahomans. Watch the video to the right for their stories.
Oklahoma City Area Free Clinics
Community Health Centers 12716 Northeast 36th Street PO Box 30589 Oklahoma City, OK, 7314 405-769-3301
Healing Hands Health Services 411 Northwest 11th Oklahoma City, OK, 73103 405-272-0476
Oklahoma Community Health Services 1025 Straka Terrace Oklahoma City, OK, 73139 405-632-6688 http://www.okchs.org/
Baptist Community Clinic Olivet Baptist Church 1201 NW 10th, Oklahoma City (405) 717-9872
Southeast Area Health Center 744 Southeast 25th Street Oklahoma City, OK, 73129 405-632-6688
Tulsa Area Free Clinics
Bedlam Clinic, 2815 S Sheridan Rd Tulsa OK 74129 Telephone 619-4555 John Gaudet, Administrator Tedra Williams, Clinic Director
Broken Arrow Neighbors, 322 W Broadway Broken Arrow OK 74012 Telephone 251-7781 Ms. Roseann Walker, Director
Community Health Connection, 9912 E 21st St Tulsa OK 74129 Telephone 622-0641 Laurie Paul, Executive Director (FEES BASED ON A SLIDING SCALE)
Good Samaritan Health Services, 7600 S Lewis Ave Tulsa OK 74136 Telephone 493-7884 XT 3 Lynn Hersey, BSN RN
Morton Midtown Homeless Clinic, 102 N Denver Ave Tulsa OK 74103 Telephone 582-8203 Natalie Downing, Clinic Manager
Neighbor for Neighbor, 505 E 36th St N Tulsa OK 74106 Telephone 425-5578 or 425-5595 Maria Euresti, Medical Coordinator
Neighbors Along the Line, 5000 Charles Page Blvd Tulsa OK 74127 Telephone 582-3491 Mindy Tiner, Executive Director Bonnie Coulter, Medical Coordinator
Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, 415 W Archer Tulsa OK 74103 Telephone 583-5588 Sandra Lewis, Director Contact: Laurie Paul
Tulsa Dream Center Health Services, 200 W 46th St N Tulsa OK 74126 Telephone 430-9984 Caroline Coussens, Clinic Director
Xavier Medical Clinic, 2448 E Admiral Blvd Tulsa OK 74110-5323 Telephone: 583-7233 Phyllis Lauinger, M.D., Medical Director
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