Man Donates RVs For Homeless People in Oklahoma
Renovated RVs for homeless Oklahomans are putting roofs over people’s heads, thanks to one Oklahoma man who donates his time to help them.
According to Oklahoma City’s 2019 Point-In-Time Count report, almost 1,300 people were without a home. Many factors are responsible for this increase. Oklahoma housing cost increases are one of the biggest.
Ryan Laughlin, a resident of Del City, aims to help many of these individuals, especially the working homeless population. He provides them with a place of their own to sleep, shower, and eat.
Ryan explains, “Aside from being presentable which will help them keep their jobs, they will feel better about themselves.”
Inspiration for RV renovations
One day Ryan helped out a friend who was living in his car. Then he became inspired to renovate more RVs for homeless people. First, he restored an old RV that was sitting on his property. Then he gifted it to his friend so he would have a home in the interim of saving money and securing a job.
His friend’s life was completely transformed from Ryan’s act of kindness as he is now living in an apartment. The improvement in his friend’s life inspired Ryan to help others in similar situations.
Progressing to a non-profit organization
From donated RVs for veterans to families in need, Ryan is busy refurbishing old but usable RVs for other project candidates. He uses a portion of his income, outside monetary contributions, and donated RV parts and appliances to get the job done.
The hours are long and the multiple make over tasks are tedious. Using his background experience, Ryan troubleshoots plumbing and electrical issues. He fixes framing problems, updates carbon monoxide detectors, performs propane safety checks, and ensures escape windows function properly. RV units include bathrooms and showers.
Ryan is working with lawyers to establish a nonprofit entity and address legal concerns involving the safety and livability of each renovated RV.
How to Give RVs to Homeless People in Oklahoma
You can help Ryan give more RVs to homeless people in Oklahoma. For more information on monetary contributions and supply donations, visit “Ryan’s Campers for the Homeless” Facebook page or GoFundMe page. He is hoping to raise $8000 towards future RV renovations but is equally open to receiving material donations like wood or any parts and appliances that can be used in an RV.