About BeHeard Movement:
BeHeard Movement is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to making a meaningful impact on the lives of those experiencing homelessness. Our mission is to use the power of soul work and social work to benefit not only the unhoused individuals whom we serve but also the community and local businesses. Through our innovative approach, we aim to end homelessness one person at a time.
Our Mobile Drop-In Center:
At the heart of BeHeard Movement is our Mobile Drop-In Center, a dynamic initiative that offers a range of essential services to unhoused individuals. This includes private showers provided by our mobile shower trailer, access to clean and fresh laundry services through our laundry trailer, a mobile clothing store offering gently used donated clothing for daily needs and job interviews, and haircuts provided by our barbershop bus. Alongside these vital services, we offer comprehensive case management and other forms of support to help our guests regain their footing in life.
Our Inspirational Journey:
The BeHeard Movement was born from a powerful moment in 2019 when youth experiencing homelessness expressed their desire to share their stories on camera, with the aim of humanizing the issue of homelessness. Our founder, Evan, took a small camera and recorded their stories at their encampment, leading to the creation of our documentary series, “beheard & beseen.” This was the catalyst for our organization.
As we embarked on this journey, we realized the pressing need for basic hygiene services among the unhoused community. A survey revealed that individuals experiencing homelessness in East Tulsa had gone without showers for up to three months. This revelation ignited our commitment to addressing this issue, leading to the acquisition of a mobile shower trailer through the generous support of Transformation Church in Tulsa.
But our story doesn’t end there. BeHeard Movement has been continuously blessed with support from various organizations and communities. World Outreach Church provided funds for a truck to transport our shower trailer. Vous Church in Miami, inspired by Evan’s story, an online viewer donated the resources needed to acquire a laundry trailer with a phone charging station. Tulsa Area United Way has been instrumental in expanding our services with the addition of a barbershop bus and a second truck.
Our journey from a small camera and snack packs to a full-fledged mobile solution for underserved Tulsans is a testament to the power of community, innovation, and the unwavering commitment to making a positive impact. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve and empower those in need, and we invite you to join us in this mission to transform lives, one person at a time. Together, we can create a brighter future for all.
About Our Outreach
At BeHeard Movement, our approach to outreach is grounded in innovation and a deep commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of those experiencing homelessness. Our journey began when we discovered that individuals in East Tulsa were going without showers for up to three months. With the nearest shelter and shower facility being a 4-5 hour walk away, we knew there was a vital need for accessible services right here in our community.
Why We Do It
Our “why” is simple yet profound: we believe in increasing access to basic needs and resources for everyone in our community, regardless of their circumstances. We understand that a warm shower, clean clothes, a fresh haircut, and compassionate case management can make a world of difference in a person’s life. It’s not just about addressing physical needs; it’s about restoring dignity and hope.
How We Make an Impact
Through our mobile drop-in center, we offer a range of services that include a mobile shower trailer, laundry facilities, a clothing trailer, a barbershop bus, and a dedicated case management team. Each day, we serve between 65-90 individuals in East Tulsa, providing them with essential resources that empower them to take steps toward a better future.
We’ve witnessed incredible transformations, with guests who hadn’t showered in three months now moving into their own homes and returning as volunteers to pay it forward. Our Circle of Care model, which has organically developed through collaboration with community partners, amplifies the impact of our work.
It all begins with a simple shower, but the ripples of positive change that flow from that moment are immeasurable.