The story of STCH is also the story of Riverwood or South Tulsa. To understand our role in the community, we must understand the changes impacting the community. A multi-unit housing boom began in the 1970’s making Riverwood a great place to rent or buy. By the late
South Peoria Neighborhood Connection Foundation (SPNCF) was formed in 1994 to address neighborhood change, subsidized apartment expansion, poverty, and crime. By 1995, additional program components were added including a food pantry, computers, afterschool tutoring, and more with support from ORU social work students, Family & Children’s Services, Hillcrest Hospital, and the Red Cross.
Over the years, STCH has supported community-based neighborhood work and advocacy. Some highlights include the development of the first small area plan in 1998, the update of the plan in 2008, community block parties in 2012 and 2014, the collaborative submission of a grant to the Department of Justice to reduce crime through community policing and the subsequent implementation of that grant, the planning and implementation of Ignite the Change in November 2017 and much more.
The quadruple murders at Savanna Landing (formerly Fairmont Terrace) in 2013 was a blow to the community and those who lost loved ones. The 61st and Peoria area
In April of 2014, STCH collaborated with funders to acquire and renovate our current facility at 5780 S. Peoria. The new 8,000 square foot facility has broadened STCH’s ability to serve the needs in our community.
STCH board members, staff, volunteers and community stakeholders collaborated to develop STCH’s new strategic plan in 2017. With this plan came revisions to the mission, vision, and organizational values while converting the old mission tagline into our purpose statement (Help A Little, Empower A Lot.)
In June 2019,