A rendering shows expansions and renovations to the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless at 415 W. Archer St. Courtesy

The generosity of Tulsans has been proven again.

The Day Center for the Homeless broke ground this week on a $16 million expansion. The project will add more than 16,000 square feet to the facility and renovate existing space, including a larger, modernized medical clinic.

It’s a big deal for Tulsa’s growing homeless population.

The center, located at 415 W. Archer St., is a warm spot in February and a cool spot in July. It provides shelter, health care and personalized case management for a fragile population. In 2018, the facility served more than 140,000 people.

The old facility, built in 1994, was getting a bit frayed around the edges. Construction is expected to take 18 to 24 months.

Tulsa can take pride in this: The capital campaign for the project wrapped up in less than two years and well ahead of time. Tulsans were ready to open up their wallets to help those who need help.

The first $5 million came from the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation. The Zarrow family has been the Day Center’s benefactor from its beginning. At least 29 other major donors contributed to the effort.

Director Mack Haltom told Tulsa World reporter Michael Overall that the generosity of Tulsans was “a little overwhelming,” and we see his point.

Tulsa’s philanthropic spirit at all income levels rarely disappoints us. This is a giving community that recognizes its responsibility to care for those who are unable to care for themselves.

The homeless are strangers, by and large, to the donors, but no less deserving of dignity and comfort, as angels unawares.

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