This podcast is a presentation by Dan Straughan, executive director of the Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance, shared on Friday, September 25, 2015, at the Friday Morning Mens Group of First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, Oklahoma. For several months, our men’s group has been reading and studying the wonderful book, “Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together”  by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. This is an amazing and powerful book, relating the transformational story of how God worked in the lives of a homeless man (Denver) and Ron Hall to give second chances and teach unforgettable life lessons about love, caring, and the value of all human beings. With interest in local homeless issues raised by this book, Dan Straughan was invited to present at our men’s group meeting. The OKC Homeless Alliance is “a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the system of care for the homeless in Oklahoma City through collaboration with government, faith-based and nonprofit service providers. The ultimate goal of the Homeless Alliance is to rally our community to end long-term homelessness in Oklahoma City by both preventing homelessness and increasing the supply of affordable and permanent supportive housing to move those who are currently homeless back into housing.” This 45 minute presentation by Dan provides an important window into the ways outreach ministries and social service groups are seeking to help meet the needs of homeless individuals and families in Oklahoma City. Check the podcast shownotes for links to referenced organizations and other resources including the book, “Same Kind of Different As Me.” Read this powerful book, and get involved in assisting organizations in your community reaching out to the homeless.


  1. Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
  2. Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance
  3. Positive Tomorrows School in Oklahoma City
  4. Curbside Chronicle of Oklahoma City
  5. Monarch School in San Diego, California
  6. City Care of Oklahoma City
  7. NPR Special Report: Housing FIRST
  8. City Rescue Mission of Oklahoma City
  9. First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, Oklahoma

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