People who know Kim Holmes best describe her as resilient. A property manager for the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, she has lost 20 blood relatives, including a beloved brother and many friends, during the Covid-19 pandemic. But she has continued to be there for those who need her. “We’re a 24/7 site, and we provide housing for homeless people with mental illness, people with recovering addictions, felons – because, you know, they don’t always get second chances.” Her own experiences made her determined to help others heal, especially within her tribal community. “I believe it’s God and sweet tea that saved me,” she says of coping with the many losses.

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