Founded in 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Pastor Buddy Davis and his wife Alicia Davis Abba Compassionate Ministries is a Christian-based organization that provides transitional living, a supermarket shuttle and Celebrate Recovery meetings. Their mission is to encourage clients to accept Christ as their Higher Power. Abba Compassionate Ministries is a ministry of the Church of Nazarene, and operated by its Northeast Oklahoma District Church.
Accommodations and Amenities
Presently, Abba Compassionate Ministries has two men’s homes and is in the process of opening the Arabella House for women. The Hardcastle House accommodates seven men, while the Stephen’s House holds four men. Accommodations vary, but typically men are paired in double-occupancy furnished rooms.
Clients are responsible for their own groceries, and meal preparation is conducted in fully equipped kitchens. Some clients qualify for food stamps, which helps towards the purchase of groceries. Since the house is located six miles away from the nearest grocery store, a free shuttle is available to transport clients to and from the supermarket. The houses have laundry rooms, and onsite residential managers.
Rules and Regulations
Prior to admittance, clients must fill out an application, and then undergo a comprehensive face-to-face interview. They will be asked about their relationship with Christ and their own future goals. Criminal justice clients are also asked specific questions pertaining to their legal issues. Requirements include obtaining gainful employment, being financially accountable, attending house meetings, Bible and step studies, and participating in Celebrate Recovery.
Davis conducts an on-site Celebrate Recovery program, which includes a low cost 6 pm dinner, followed by a Saturday evening meeting from 7 pm to 8 pm, followed by small topic groups between 8 pm and 9 pm. Groups are gender-specific and topics include substance abuse, and “hurts, habits and hang-ups.” Additionally, there is a newcomers group. After the meeting, clients attend a local coffee shop for further fellowship. This includes free coffee and desserts.
At Abba Compassionate Ministries, random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. A zero tolerance policy is enforced, and relapsed residents must leave the premises immediately to ensure the safety of other residents.
Other services available on-site include Life Launch, which provides life skills, and referrals for other community resources for clients, so that they can smoothly transition back into the community.
Abba Compassionate Ministries provides a prison ministry, which includes bringing Celebrate Recovery and Bible studies to incarcerated clients, as well as providing clothing and food. Additionally, some of these clients are accepted into the transitional housing program, upon release.
The Arabella House is accepting donations, and has created a gift registry on Target.
With Pastor Davis at the helm, Abba Compassionate Ministries is a lifeline for clients, particularly criminal justice clients who seek a safe home before transitioning back into society. It’s a good fit for those who wish to develop a strong relationship with Christ, as well as to utilize Celebrate Recovery’s Eight Principles, which are based on the Beatitudes as written in the Bible, along with the 12 steps.
Abba Compassionate Ministries
1307 West 22nd St
Tulsa, OK 74107
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