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Gabriel's House moves into Duncan schools

DUNCAN, Okla._Change is coming to a Christian-based after-school program in Duncan that has been enriching the lives of children for the past 17 years.

"This is the Mark Twain Gabriel's House. We had three of them previously. One at Woodrow Wilson, Emerson and one at Mark Twain," said Dee Carrio, Gabriel's House program director.

Those homes, which have been safe havens for hundreds of at-risk children since 1998, now closed as Gabriel's House moves into the schools where they provide extracurricular activities while teaching its Christian-based curriculum. It's a move that executive director Shannon Hall-Sanders is excited about.

"It makes me feel good that I have the opportunity to share the love of Christ with children inside of a school. That is something that we have not been able to do for years," said Hall-Sanders.

"God was kicked out of our schools a long time ago and those schools have been attacked and children in those schools have been attacked,” said Carrio.

Carrio says the move into schools will allow workers to mentor and minister to twice as many students. Before, they could only serve up to 12 students in each house. Now they can serve double that amount.

Because it is a Christian-based program, Carrio says the Gabriel's House is not affiliated with Duncan Public Schools. Instead, the agency is renting the classrooms. They have their own staff and cooks who serve healthy snacks and dinner at the end of the day.

"For some, it means a lot. Some of them don't get that at home. Some of them dinner is chips and a can of pop,” said Carrio.

The Gabriel's House is open to first through fourth graders and right now there's room for more students. Participation is optional so if you're interested, click the link.

Gabriel's House is funded by the United Way and several local churches. They are currently looking for Christian volunteers. Background checks are required.

 

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