Mary Ann Olson provides Administrative Support to the City of Edmond Code Enforcement Department. She has been an employee with the City of Edmond for over seven years. Five of those years she has been with the Code Enforcement Department. She is a single parent, raising her grandchild on her own with a limited income and she had a definite need for affordable Edmond Housing. Imagine her surprise when one of her co-workers pointed her in Turning Point’s direction.
After calling Turning Point and filling out the application online, she met with a representative of Turning Point who showed her the home at 300 Promise Way. The home was originally built in 1931. She could tell right away that the home had been lovingly renewed. The older home had been moved to its current location in 2015 and updated to meet the current building standard while retaining many of the original aspects that makes it so unique. She at once fell in love with it. The home was beautiful and perfect for Mary Ann’s needs.
One of the main things that impressed Mary Ann about Turning Point Ministries is that not only do they offer affordable housing in the Edmond community, they offered her and her grandchild a place to start over and to build a sense of community. Turning Point’s newest project, Heritage Village, is a neighborhood of like-minded people working together within their community to help build their own community. All of the residents of Heritage Village will donate time and energy to help their build neighbor’s homes. It is inspiring how much this helps them connect with each other as neighbors and friends. Not only is Mary Ann building relationships within her neighborhood but she will continue volunteering within her extended community as well. She and her grandchild are excited to be a part of this undertaking and are looking forward to being long-term residents of Edmond, Oklahoma.