Our Story

Since 1977, Resonance has been a special place for women … a place where hope and motivation replace shame as women learn to create a new life for themselves and their children.

The women who walk through the doors of Resonance do so for one reason … they have decided to CHANGE. They realize they cannot move forward in leading a productive life without help. Through outpatient substance abuse counseling, case management and mentoring services, Resonance helps women challenged by the criminal justice system become self-sufficient, healthy and productive community members once again. At Resonance, it is our goal to help troubled women change … for good. As these women change, their families change and our community changes.

  • Substance abusers who have pled into Drug Court and are “sentenced” to Resonance for treatment
  • Child Welfare clients with substance abuse issues:
  • Those who have lost their children and are trying to reunite with them
  • Those who are trying to keep their children
  • Probation and Parole referrals
  • Clients requiring TANF screening to receive their funds
  • TANF clients whose drug screening recommended substance abuse treatment
  • Women releasing from prison, needing assistance with employment and housing
  • Community Sentencing referrals
  • Women attending required DUI assessments/classes

Our Impact

Changing women–changing families–changing communities. A Resonance client probably says it best …

“I have learned so much here and I am thankful for it. My thoughts/actions, even my belief system has changed. Through this program I am definitely a better woman and mother.”
-Martha, Resonance Drug Court client

Resonance changes women’s lives … for good– by helping them:

  • Gain control of their addictions
  • Secure jobs
  • Secure clean and sober housing
  • Be a role model for their children

Resonance changes the lives of families … for good—by helping wives and mothers:

  • Break the cycle of addiction from the mother to her children
  • Help the children avoid the likelihood of being incarcerated themselves
  • Become positive role models for their children
  • Learn to have healthy self-affirming relationships

Resonance changes the communities in which these women live by:

  • Helping women become productive, tax-paying citizens
  • Increasing parental involvement in children’s lives
  • Lowering the number of women incarcerated in Oklahoma
  • Saving taxpayers millions of state dollars
  • Increasing community safety

Our History

Eleanor Hill founded Resonance in 1977 as a volunteer-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a support system for women facing life’s challenges. Having been suddenly widowed when her husband was overseas, Eleanor knew from personal experience the desperate need women have for a support system when facing the challenges of life. She established Resonance in a house on the grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church, and along with a group of volunteers, began offering services that included free listening sessions, on-going support groups and educational workshops.

Today, Resonance has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of the Tulsa community and is a dually accredited, gender specific, outpatient drug and alcohol treatment facility. We are working to change Oklahoma’s unsettling distinction of having the highest per-capita female incarceration rate in the world. Through reentry services, job counseling and partnerships with agencies such as Drug Court, we are doing our best to create a brighter future for our clients, our community, and our state.


  • 1977. Founded as a volunteer-based nonprofit organization by Eleanor Hill to offer women support services including free listening sessions, on-going support groups and educational workshops
  • 1991. Completed a $950,000 capital campaign and moved into a remodeled estate home at 1608 South Elwood
  • 1993. Eleanor Hill retired and Penny Painter named as executive director; Continued growth expansion with addition of Career Center
  • 2001. Signed joint venture agreement with YWCA of Tulsa to provide in collaboration with its Women’s Resource Center several women’s services programs such as counseling, support groups, workshops and career counseling
  • 2004. Amicably ended joint venture agreement with YWCA of Tulsa
  • 2005. Received CARF accreditation as a certified drug and alcohol rehabilitation center
  • 2007. Resonance house chosen as 2008 Designer Showcase house; Resonance celebrates its 30th Anniversary with PearlFest
  • 2008.  Received three year CARF accreditation; launched job and career services program
  • 2009. Pam Richardson became Resonance’s third executive director
  • 2012. Launched mentoring program to complement Reentry Support Service; Resonance introduces a new fundraiser: Stacked Deck; Deidra Kirtley becomes Resonance’s fourth executive director
  • 2013. Resonance expanded its client base by providing services to Department of Corrections Community Sentencing referrals; Began a pilot program to provide community counseling to a limited number of women from the general Tulsa public who call seeking services
  • 2014. Choosing to Change launches at Turley Correctional Center, offering an innovative reentry program inside prison walls
  • 2016. Take 2: A Resonance Café opens, offering a safe, positive educational work and living environment for women transitioning out of prison

Resonance carries dual certification as a rehabilitation facility from Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) and a three-year accreditation from Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Resonance is partially funded through contracts with ODMHSAS.

Resonance Mansion

The House

Built in 1918 by oil baron Frank Breene, the Resonance house is today the home and heartbeat of Resonance. We are fortunate to provide client services in this three-story Georgian Revival mansion, complete with a grand central staircase, Italian marble fireplaces, and oak and maple parquet floors. The house is a smaller replica of a country manor that Napoleon built for Josephine.

The Resonance house provides a warm, home-like environment for the women that we serve. It acts as a respite for our clients, a welcome contrast to the institutional environment to which they are accustomed. They help themselves to drinks from the kitchen and attend groups in our cozy living room. Our proximity to a bus stop provides easier access to our services, transportation proving a major obstacle for many women. As we watch the clients walking down our long brick driveway to Resonance, we know that each step they take toward the house leads them to sobriety, employment, and family reunification. And they know that Resonance will always be their “home away from home” when they need support.