Oasis Center for Girls is Thriving in Tallahassee

By: Lee Gordon
By: Lee Gordon

It's not easy starting up a non-profit, especially in the nations worst economic recession in history.

But Kelly Otte has never done anything the easy way. And that's why her idea to help all women has become such a huge success.

Kelly Otte has always had a soft spot for women and girls. In 1996, she took over as the director of the Refuge House. Then in 2006, she came up with an idea for a program for women. A place where you could go to talk, receive counseling, or just hang out. The Oasis Center was born and opened for business in May 2008.

"This place is the love of my life," said Otte.

The mission is to improve the lives of women and girls through celebration and support. Support through meetings and even a summer camp where girls like 9 year old Sydney Dotson can thrive.

"We talk about what we like and what we dislike and meet a lot of new friends," said 9 year old Sydney Dotson.

"The concept is to work as an organization that fills in the gaps with issues where there isn't something being done to promote the need for girls," said Otte.

You've heard the phrase mean girls, Otte is here to prevent that from happening. She's seen the statistics and knows how hard it is for girls these days. That's why she's welcoming in everyone from all walks of life to share in her vision...a vision of a better life for all women.

"We have girls in on full scholarships from hope community and some paying full fees and the one thing that they all have in common is that their parents want them to have an experience reaching across lines."


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