7-28-18: Oklahoma Senior Games is Coming!

This week on The Rise & Thrive OSJ Radio  Hour …Guests in the OSJ Radio Studio: (l to r) Regina Stewart, Kathleen Fitzgerald of the Oklahoma Senior Games

Kathleen is the CEO of the Oklahoma Senior Games. She participated in Senior Games at the local, state and national levels for 15 years. New to Oklahoma four years ago she helped assemble an organization so Oklahoma would be sanctioned to host the Oklahoma Senior Games.

Regina is the Oklahoma Senior Games Vice President. She is a track athlete who has participated in senior games at the local, state and national levels for the last 10 years. In 2016 she was among the first volunteers to assist in reviving the Oklahoma Senior Games. She is proud to represent Oklahoma nationally.

Click here for the Oklahoma Senior Games schedule and their website here: http://www.okseniorgames.com

7-21-18: Chase Parsons and Pastor Deborah Burke with the OKC Dream Center

In 2002, Pastor Rob and Deb Burke began ministering at Inner City Church with the vision of one day having an organization like the Los Angeles Dream Center. Soon they were able to establish a food pantry, clothing closet, outreach programs for kids, and more. In 2012, Chase Parsons met up with Pastor Deborah Burke in pursuit of a like-minded vision of establishing an OKC Dream Center. The OKC Dream Center began Saturday adopt-a-blocks and mentorship classes. As the relationship grew stronger, Pastor Deborah Burke and Chase Parsons agreed to combine their ministry efforts and in 2014, OKC Dream Center took over all outreach programs with Inner City Church.


OKC Dream Center seeks to reach, rescue, and restore people isolated by poverty in OKC through meeting basic needs with hunger relief, clothing closet, and seasonal drives. Preventative programs for at-risk kids and youth. Community Resource Center provides assistance with employment, education, family counseling, foster care intervention, and more. They also have Dream Center Living, their transitional residential program for men.

Special Announcement Call-In From Connie Daniels, the Administrator at the Mansion at Waterford. informing us on the Senior Resources of Oklahoma, a FREE Event on July 26th for Seniors & Their Families. For more information, Click here to view Flyer.

7-14-18: Becky Ivins of Movers Real Estate & Janet Deen with Hope Retreat Ranch

Guests in the OSJ Radio Studio: (l to r) Janet Deen with Hope Retreat Ranch and Becky Ivins of Movers Real Estate

Becky Ivins started her professional career as a social worker. A few years later she became a Realtor and shortly afterwards started her own brokerage. After selling real estate for 40 years, Becky still considers herself more a social worker than a salesperson. Web: beckyivins.com

She has many favorite charities, the one we are talking about today is Hope Retreat Ranch.

Janet Deen and her Husband Walter have been married 43 years and live in Choctaw. Walter Deen, always a horseman, has embraced the challenge of bringing therapeutic horseback riding to their community.  The Deens purchased 32 acres in Choctaw where they operate a non-profit retreat for various clubs and charities to use.  They currently have 11 horses and use only volunteers to operate the ranch.  Walter and Janet plan to spend their remaining years further developing Hope Retreat Ranch, LLC, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. 

HR Ranch is a horse ranch in Choctaw where non-profit groups can gather and enjoy a safe and controlled venue for their activities and where therapist can bring clients to pet or ride horses.  HR Ranch has served many populations including scouts, schools, and the downs syndrome society.  Plans are process for the clients of the Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled to enjoy a day at HR Ranch. hrranch.org

7-7-18: Disty Simpson and Matthew Danuser with the nonprofit, Fill My Basket

This week on The Rise & Thrive OSJ Radio Hour … Guests in the OSJ Radio Studio: Disty Simpson and Matthew Danuser with nonprofit, Fill My Basket

Fill My Basket is a Oklahoma City based non-profit that specializes in random acts of kindness by buying groceries around the metro to help low income seniors and families along with inspiring people to be kind and to pass that kindness forward! “Paying It Forward – One Basket at a Time!”
Fill My Basket was inspired by a viral video that both Matthew Danuser and Disty Simpson saw and it got them thinking … Why can’t we do these random acts of kindness right here in our beloved OKC City? Both being creative thinkers & doers … They begin implementing this concept right here in OKC along with a few helpers jumping aboard they figured it out and Fill My Basket was born locally!

Disty & Matthew are friends and both graduated from Edmond Memorial High School. Today, Disty is the Executive Chef/G.M. of:  The Manhattan, a restaurant in downtown okc (owned locally by Bruce Rinehart of the Rococo Restaurants) and Matthew is the owner of the New American Shaman, a Health & Wellness Shop Focusing on CBD products located on Britton & N. May Ave!

• donate at www.fillmybasket.org 

• check out their “Upworthy” video that has 26.6 million views and counting globally!!

• inspire others to do random acts of kindness in their community

• like and share “Fill My Basket” page on Facebook