On January 21, 2019, several student organizations gathered to be a part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service hosted by Student Life. MLK Day was first signed to be a national holiday by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. This day is set aside to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and follow in his shadow of service to our country.
Southeastern student organizations used this day as one of service to help local Durant organizations and causes.
In 2018, Southeastern volunteered at Durant Main Street, St. Catherine’s food pantry, the Boys & Girls Club and Southeastern Physical plant. This year, they added two new organizations to help: J127 Ministry and the Southeastern Rodeo Facility.
J127 Ministry is a nonprofit organization founded by a Durant local, Adrean Stinnett. Stinnett , a Durant Local and is also a full-time youth minister at Community Christian Church. J127 Ministry’s goals and purpose is to act as a transition home find and help for those young women who that age out of the foster system. J127 Ministry provides shelter and food in an effort to get these women on their feet.
In Oklahoma, if you have not found a home by the age of 18, you “age out” of the foster system. According to okfosters.org, Oklahoma has, “nearly 9,600 children in state custody.” In 2018 the state of Oklahoma needed at least 910 families according to okfosters.org. Due to this size of number many children will struggle to find a home.