The History of WovenLife
On September 24, 1925, the Oklahoma Society for Crippled Children was formed. Earle F. Bridges, Chairman of the Crippled Children’s Committee of the Oklahoma City Rotary Club became the first president of the organization.
In 1984, the Oklahoma Easter Seal Agency was officially incorporated and a few years later, the name was officially changed to the Oklahoma Easter Seal Society.
In 2002, the Oklahoma Society for Crippled Children merged with the Oklahoma Easter Seal Society, and the surviving corporation became known as Easter Seals Oklahoma, Inc.
Since 1925, the organization has carried out many programs benefiting thousands of children and adults with disabilities. Services over the years have included early intervention vision, hearing, and scoliosis screening services for school children. Historical services have also included physical therapy and evaluations, reading tutoring, development screenings, ADHD interventions, clinics and more; Many today may remember benefiting from those programs.
On August 31, 2017, the organization disaffiliated from the Easter Seals brand and assumed the new name of WovenLife, Inc. with an enhanced mission of empowering people of all ages and abilities to find hope and independence through compassionate care, education and support. This change allows WovenLife to focus solely on the local needs of our community while ensuring all of the money we raise stays here locally.
What is WovenLife?
WovenLife refers to the diversity of those who use our services, the diversity of the services themselves, and the interesting ways in which they overlap. Young and old, abled and differently abled, we are where their paths cross.
The name speaks to the sophistication of our care, as well as the complexity of the lives of those we are working with.
When so many people with different backgrounds and different futures all come together and you start to zoom out, you see a bigger picture – something beautiful, akin to a woven tapestry.
What do the colors blue and green represent in the logo?
Blue and green are the colors of life – water and vegetation. They’re cool colors and, in general, are perceived as more positive than their warm counterparts.
The Adult Day program was launched at 2100 N. W. 63rd Street in 2000; and in 2001, we purchased our current facility on the Oklahoma Health Center campus and an inclusive child development program was launched.
Today, WovenLife operates its programs at 701 NE 13th Street as a member of the Oklahoma Health Center campus. The building, a 20,000 square foot facility, is the daily host to children and adults of various backgrounds and abilities. The organization operates three main programs: an inclusive child development program; an adult day center; and a medical rehabilitation program.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (CDP)
High-quality child care is a necessity for many parents, including parents of children with disabilities. Our inclusive child development program provides a safe and nurturing setting for children of all abilities to hone new skills and learn from each other.
ADULT DAY CENTER (ADC)
Adult Day services offer assistance caring for a loved one, 18 and up, who is aging or has a disability or chronic illness and can help prevent or postpone moving a loved one to nursing home care. Adult Day services also make it possible for caregivers to provide care while meeting the demands of their jobs and families. The program also includes a Caregiver Support Group component; an opportunity for caregivers to learn, share, and gain support from their caregiving peers.
Uniquely, the Adult Day Center and the Child Development Program are intergenerational. Intergenerational programming offers joint therapeutic activities and interaction for children and adult participants through our ADC and CDP. Interactions between the generations develop enhanced communication skills, promote self-esteem, and foster friendships across the generations.
Medical Rehabilitation offers people with disabilities the opportunity to live up to their physical potential, achieve independence and participate in their communities. Components of the medical rehabilitation program include Speech & Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, and Direct Financial Assistance.
We invite you to experience WovenLife – whether you are a parent in need of child care, a caregiver in search of help, a volunteer in search of a place to spend your precious free time, a donor who wants to help support the organization with your hard-earned dollars, or a potential staff member who wants to make a difference – we invite you to visit us.