Our History

To honor Lilah’s life of compassion, TLC named its first project in her memory.

To honor Lilah’s life of compassion, TLC named its first project in her memory.

In 2004, a Tulsa family returned from mission work at a Denver shelter and asked their church, First Presbyterian of Tulsa, “Why must we go to other cities to meet the needs of homeless families?” The church’s response was the creation of a committee that began exploring both the needs in our community and similar programs across the nation. It became clear to the committee that mothers with children experiencing situational homelessness had very few resources in Tulsa.

Five years later, an independent Board of Directors formed, including some of those who were a part of the original FPC committee, to incorporate Transitional Living Centers of Oklahoma, Inc. (TLC) as a nonprofit in Oklahoma in March 2009. After further planning and fundraising, TLC opened its first program in February 2010 when it purchased the former Saint Elizabeth’s Lodge from Catholic Charities. TLC opened the doors of Lindsey House, named after Lilah Lindsey, to mothers with children within weeks of acquiring the facility.

Today, Lindsey House houses twelve families and the corporate offices of TLC. All of the apartments and common areas have been renovated. Each apartment reflects the unique character and compassion of its sponsor. Each family feels the love of everyone who made Lindsey House a home.