EL RENO, Okla. -Dan Straughn, executive director of the Homeless Alliance, will be the featured speaker at the Canadian County Democrats’ meeting on Tuesday, May 14. Democrats are encouraged to attend the free meeting, which begins from 7-8:30 p.m. at Canadian Valley Technology Center, 6505. E. Highway 66 between Yukon and El Reno.
Staughn has focused since 2004 on building the community’s capacity to better care for the homeless.
Under his leadership, the Alliance developed and implemented a networked computer database that allows agencies serving the homeless to share data on shared clients and developed and implemented community standards for homeless shelters.
In addition, the Alliance developed a free, bus-based transportation system for the homeless that carries 100 riders each day and built the WestTown Homeless Resources Campus, which is a city block of comprehensive services for the homeless and those at-risk of homelessness.
A lifelong resident of central Oklahoma, Dan was born and raised in Oklahoma City and currently lives in Norman. He attended Putnam City Schools and got both his degrees from the University of Oklahoma.
Dan spent ten years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Oklahoma City before joining United Way in 1997. While at United Way, Dan served as Director of Success by Six, was executive director of Central Oklahoma Turning Point and was chair of Oklahoma Kids CareNet, a diverse group of government and non-profit service providers working with the families of severely emotionally disturbed youth. Dan also managed public sector campaigns at United Way, the allocations and community investment process, and the research and convening function.
“One of our active volunteers, Tom Lucas, visited the Homeless Alliance and encouraged us to invite Dan Straughn to speak to our group,” Jody Harlan, Canadian County Democrats chair , said. “We are looking forward to hearing his message and learning more about the Alliance and their work to help homes Oklahomans.”
The Canadian County Democrats meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, except Dec., at Canadian Valley Technology Center. For more information, phone 405-354-3189.
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