Lawyers giving exterior at Youth and Family a facelift.

Lawyers in Pottawatomie County will be giving the Youth and Family Resource Center's "Hope House" in Shawnee an exterior facelift on Saturday, including cleaning up outdoor landscaping and flower beds, painting the organization’s sign and adding new plants, river rocks and flowers. The project is part of the Oklahoma Bar Association statewide Day of Service.

Hope House is a safe haven that temporarily houses abused and neglected children. It provides a home-like, nurturing environment for children from birth to age 17 who have no other safe place to stay. Children receive food, shelter, clothing, counseling and recreation opportunities. Hope House can shelter up to 16 residents, including teen parents and their babies.

Sixty county bar associations, law firms and law schools in the state are involved in 57 service projects that will help their local communities in reply to OBA President Jim Stuart’s call to give of themselves and serve. Stuart is a partner in the Stuart Clover Duran Thomas & Vorndran law firm in Shawnee.

“The OBA Day of Service will reach 52 Oklahoma counties, an incredible response for a first-year event,” said Stuart. “Some attorneys are preparing wills for military members and first responders, some are working with food pantries and others are rolling up their sleeves and repairing community centers and shelters. Whatever the cause, I’m proud of the many Oklahoma attorneys who will give back on the Day of Service and beyond.”

For more information and a list of projects, visit