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The Future of the Meadows

Michael Crawley - Thursday, November 09, 2017

We deeply regret that lawmakers in our state have been unable to reach a budget compromise and instead have chosen to eliminate funding for organizations like the Meadows. The lack of money will have a dramatic impact on the lives of the most vulnerable among us. Many nonprofits will be forced to close. Tragically that will create significant job losses for men and women with intellectual and physical challenges.

We all know how difficult it is for people with developmental disabilities to find meaningful employment. The fact that they are losing what could be the only job they will ever have is heartbreaking for them and their families. So much time and effort have been expended helping them succeed in the workplace that it is infuriating to see those jobs eliminated in such a cold and calculated way.

Our hearts go out to organizations around the state who are facing the severe consequences of having their funding stripped away. We wish them the best and hope that they can find a way to survive financially so that the people they employ will not suffer.

Thankfully, the Meadows has been blessed with a management team that had the foresight and wisdom to prepare for such an unfortunate eventuality. Our Board of Directors, our Executive Director James Hill and our Vice President of Operations David Potter have worked tirelessly to prepare the Meadows to withstand the loss of government funding.

The road ahead will not be easy, but every one of the men and women we employ will remain with our organization. There will be no lost jobs, and wages will not be cut. Going forward, it will be business as usual at the Meadows.

To our more than three thousand customers statewide, we want to assure you that there will be no disruption in the services that we offer. You can continue to rely on our organization to provide you with the same secure shredding that you have come to count on. And we want to take this opportunity to thank you for doing business with us because it is your continued support through the years that has allowed us to remain financially stable.

To our workers and their families, we want you to know that we appreciate how you have always stood with us and now we will stand with you, by continuing to do everything in our power to provide a secure employment future for all of our employees.

The Meadows has always been a place of opportunity, and most importantly, a place of hope. We are not going to let political decisions change that.



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Edmond, Oklahoma

phone: 405.348.4470
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