The 2021 class toured Light of Hope, CASA of Northeast Oklahoma, and the Claremore Animal Shelter. Leadership Rogers County's own Layla Freeman invited the class to start the day at Light of Hope. Nancy Phelps, the Executive Director and Layla Freeman, founder of Light of Hope, gave the group a tour of the new building and spoke about the different programs the organization offers. Light of Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit assisting individuals that face addiction and other life struggles. Resource Assistance, Community Awareness, and Encouragement Support Groups are a small portion of what Light of Hope does for the community. Groups are open to anyone, and they invite individuals, family, and friends facing the struggle of addiction or any life difficulty. "I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share Light of Hope, and all of our services and programming, with Leadership Rogers County. We believe that collaboration, partnership, and unity are the keys to building a better community. Light of Hope helps educate, bring awareness through prevention, and assist in life recovery. We cannot do this alone. Together, along with our partners and community, we are "Helping People See the Hope," stated Layla Freeman.
The next stop on the quality of life tour was the City of Claremore's Animal Shelter. Animal Control Supervisor Jean Hurst led the discussion about the importance of the animal shelter. The animal shelter does all things animal-related within the city limits of Claremore. Supervisor Jean Hurst said she is incredibly proud of the animal shelter's classification as a "no-kill" shelter for dogs. The class saw the animals' humane conditions and how they are housed as they wait for their forever homes through adoptions. Supervisor Hurst said, "Our facilities are cleaned and sanitized seven days a week, even on holidays."
During the day, the last stop was the nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Northeast Oklahoma. Executive Director Angela Henderson spoke to the valuable work the numerous volunteers do when it comes to children that have been abused and navigating the judicial process. The volunteers are direct links to the judicial process and advocate for the children during the judicial process. The volunteers are the eyes and ears for the Court when it comes to the children's welfare. Executive Director Henderson told the group that the organization's greatest need is the need for volunteers to help the many children in need of services.