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A Better Way Tulsa offers real change by...

  • Giving people experiencing homelessness who panhandle an alternative to panhandling three days a week.

  • Paying participants a day’s wages to beautify our community during each service day.

  • Connecting participants with life-changing services in the community, such as housing, mental health and addiction treatment, and other more sustainable employment services.


How It Works

A Better Way VanA Better Way is made possible through a collaboration between the City of Tulsa, Tulsa Area United Way and Mental Health Association Oklahoma, a statewide non-profit that handles the program’s day-to-day operations.

Through roving van outreach, A Better Way makes stops at targeted “hot spot” areas within the City of Tulsa that are known for panhandling and homelessness, including pedestrian walkways, medians, and overpasses.

The A Better Way van is in operation three days a week. Mondays and Fridays are randomized pick-ups, with the van starting its journey at 7 a.m.

On Wednesdays at 8 a.m., a designated pick-up will be available at Denver House, 252 W. 17th Pl. Look for the green A Better Way sign!

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Wednesday Pick-Up at, Denver House, 252 W. 17th Pl.

Want to Help?

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Tulsa’s A Better Way initiative helps give people impacted by mental illness and homelessness an alternative to asking for pocket change on street corners.

This is your opportunity to offer a different kind of change -- the kind that pays people for a day’s work beautifying our city.

Your generosity makes a difference by helping to give people the dignity of work as they connect to life-changing services in our community, such as shelter, housing, mental health and addiction treatment, and other more sustainable employment services.

If you would like to help, visit the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma page today.

Create Real Change