During the 2010 legislative session, Speaker Kris Steele and Senator Todd Lamb introduced legislation that authorized the establishment of pilot programs to work with mothers of minor children and keep them in the community in lieu of prison. As a result of this legislation, United Way of Central Oklahoma convened a group of committed public and nonprofit leaders to develop what is now the ReMerge program.
The Inasmuch Foundation provided a grant to the United Way of Central Oklahoma to become an administrative partner to the ReMerge initiative. ReMerge began its operations in May 2011 and had the capacity to serve a maximum of 25 clients during its first year.
Accepting our first participant in September 2011, ReMerge has impacted the lives of hundreds of minor children through family programming, home-based therapy, and educational tools. The program has since expanded to serving 50 women at any given time. ReMerge became a stand-alone 501(c)3 nonprofit in January 2014.
In 2015, ReMerge received funding from the Ken and Gae Rees Family Fund to expand services to impact generational poverty by addressing substance abuse and building economic stability.