The primary work of the St. Thomas More Society members is to serve the needy in the Norman and Noble areas. Home visits are conducted with those persons who call the Voice Mail Assistance line ((405) 329-5372) for help. A team of two members perform the visit and obtain information from the clients in order to determine the type of assistance needed. The typical case usually involves financial assistance with utilities or rent. Information is also provided to the clients on the many organizations in Norman that may also help them with both their immediate and longer range problems. The clients are encouraged to take actions that can help them with their future needs. Many of the clients also receive some type of State Department of Human Services assistance.
We meet each Thursday after the 5:15 Mass to review the current cases and to distribute new cases. We currently have about 16 active members and each member averages about two visits per week. New members are always needed in order to provide more responsive service to our clients whom are growing in number. Our Society has had significant growth since its inception in 1990 when the assistance provided was about $9000. This compares to $93,900 in assistance provided in 2009. The 2009 Annual Report is included as part of this information. Norman and Noble have grown and the number of needy people has grown along with them.
The parishioners of St Thomas More have been very generous over the years in supporting the work of our Society. Our number #1 need is a continuing flow of donations via the Poor Box to complement fund raisers, monthly supporters and a major grant from the Sue Wilson Charitable Fund. Our number #2 need is new and younger members who can bring new ideas and enthusiasm to our group.