Category Archives: Oklahoma City

Texas Travelin’

By Galya Lazar

Last week we left Oklahoma City to spend a few days working with Habitat for Humanity in Amarillo, TX. We spent our days in Amarillo building Amarillo Habitat’s 100th home (and even made the news!), and our evenings indulging in traditional Texas food and leaving our mark on Cadillac Ranch. By Thursday afternoon, our group was ready to do some touring of Texas.

On our way to Austin we stopped at a beautiful canyon. It was HUGE! Everything really is bigger in Texas.

The next day we got to sleep in a bit before driving to Fort Worth. There we got to see a cattle drive, eat lunch, and look into tourist shops. Once we were all full we got back into the cars and continued our road trip to Austin. ...

Paparazzi Posse Update #2 from OKC

Blog #2 – July 29-31

A lot has gone on since OKC’s last update!

Mikey, Chanie, Emily, and Tori are back with news from the trip. This Tuesday, we worked at ServeMoore, an organization devoted to helping the citizens of Moore after the tornado last May. Half of the group went to help build fences while the other half split up between painting and cleaning debris away from people’s homes. Tuesday’s night activity involved a trip to Bricktown, an OKC neighborhood, and dividing up into three teams for a photo scavenger hunt. Tasks included arm wrestling a stranger with full sleeve tattoos and petting a carriage horse. ...

Welcome to OKC

We 16 members of AJSS OKC started off our first full week of work after our first Shabbat and weekend. After waking up terrifyingly early, we loaded into the vans and rode to City Rescue Mission, an organization devoted to helping out homeless people of all ages – from babies to adults, from families to single men and women.

There in a warehouse, we sorted donated clothing for distribution to the homeless. After lunch, we moved to a new activity: playing with the children who lived at the mission. Upstairs, part of the group made art projects, while downstairs in the gym, others played sports and hung out outside with the kids. It was hard to immediately connect to the kids for some, but it became easier as time went on. ...

Maeghan’s AJSS Heroes

Below is a Facebook post shared by Maeghan Hadley, founder and daily operations manager of the 1 Day Ranch. The Ranch is a non-profit animal rescue, therapy, and education center in Bethel Acres, OK.

I wanted to post a picture of my heroes for the week! The group of students with American Jewish Society for Service (AJSS) put in a LONG two days of very hard work here at 1 Day Ranch, and I could not be more thankful to them for the work they have done here. It has been HOT here and all of these teenagers are from areas in the far northeast and none of them are accustomed to Oklahoma summer weather. However, there were MANY more smiles than there were complaints. These kids were happy to work and let me tell ya, THEY WORKED. They completed the removal of the barn metal and after the backhoe knocked it down they dismantled and sorted over 90% of the old barn wood and basically completed a project I had suspected would have taken weeks to do. They are all rock stars and I feel blessed to now call them all my friends. Much love to you all! ...