...offering homeless and low-income women resources, support and advocacy


Mission Statement  Supporting basic human rights through offering homeless and low-income women and children resources, support and advocacy to alleviate the effects of poverty within the community, and empowering them with the tools to overcome homelessness.

About Sanctuary Women's Development Center  In 2009, Catholic Charities expanded its homeless services programs when it found a home of its own at Our Lady of Guadalupe mission church in southwest Oklahoma City. The new program, called "Sanctuary" reflects both the program's physical environment as well as its philosophy.  The program provides social services to homeless and at-risk women and their children, including resource referral and assistance accessing services such as daycare and Early Head Start, vocational and employment development, solution-focused advocasy, and self-efficacy group. The church's former parish hall, now called "Mary's House," serves as a classroom and gathering space for large group activities.

Trained social workers assess the personal strengths and needs of participants including health and nutritional status, income and benefits, mental health status, and vocational/employment concerns.  The assessment also identifies legal, domestic violence, and child abuse issues or concerns.

With this assessment, a proactive plan of support is developed to assist the family in overcoming homelessness and poverty as quickly as possible.  Other community agencies partner with Sanctuary staff and offer on site services to make each plan a reality.  Volunteers, program staff, and University of Oklahoma School of Social Work students also offer on site skill development classes including job search, resume writing, mock interviewing, and vocational rehabilitation.  The nearby Baptist Mission Center hosts a daily lunch for participants in the program and offers access to free clothing, basic medical and dental services, and prescriptions.

Although the Sanctuary program focuses on the needs of women who live in shelters, services are available to people who are at risk of becoming homeless.  As an outreach to low-income families living in the neighborhood, Sanctuary participants maintain a community garden and all are welcome to tend the garden and pick the produce.


  • Case management
  • Computer lab
  • Phones with personal voicemail
  • Job and life skills development services
  • Employment resources and resume building
  • Health education
  • Linkage to community resources
  • Trauma counseling
  • Community garden
  • Safe place to rest and refocus
  • Linkage to mental health resources
  • Art activities
  • Nutritious beverages and snacks
  • Limited financial assistance
  • Community food pantry and clothing closet

How You Can Help  Sanctuary needs volunteers available between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Duties will involve assisting with child care, snacks, coffee, listening, working in community garden, art activities, computer use, etc. Those with skills in scripture studies, health, cooking, job training, communication, crafts, or professional abilities such as hair stylists, counselors, attorneys and medical professionals are also greatly needed. You can also donate personal hygiene products, nutritious snacks, and baby items. For more information on voluntering, call 405.523.3000.


"Some people seem to specialize in doing thoughtful deeds..."
-Former Client

"Homelessness is not going to last forever! I have been encouraged to move on."
-Former Client

"The first time I walked in the door I felt like I was at home. I was treated with respect and felt like the most important person in the room. That's how we all feel at Sanctuary."
-Former Client

The Many Faces of Homelessness   Sanctuary: A Community Effort   Sanctuary: A Haven for the Homeless   Sanctuary Women's Development Center


Lisa Chamberlain, Director
Phone: 405.526.2321
Toll Free: 1.800.375.8514
Fax: 405.523.3030

Physical Address

2133 SW 11th
Oklahoma City, OK 73108

Sanctuary Norman
1100 N Porter
Norman, OK 73071

Mailing Address

Catholic Charities
Attn: Sanctuary
1232 N Classen Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73106


(Community Resources Directory)
Emergency Hotline Number: 211

Section 8 Housing

Variety Care

Martha's House

Infant Crisis Services

Job Core

The Employment & Education Ministry

Family Expectations

St. Vincent de Paul


You Can Help

To help victims of homelessness regain hope and self-sufficiency, please click on the links below:

Volunteer Your Time
Make A Financial Donation
Donate a Wish List Item



1232 N Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK, 73106 • (405) 523-3000