Less than 15 miles separate the classrooms where Sally Goin has spent most of her adult life, but in many ways, the two schools are worlds apart.

Thousands of Edmond students experienced their first taste of Shakespeare in Goin’s freshman English classes. She spent 30 years teaching, first at Central Middle School and later at Edmond North High School. Now retired, she spends her days at Shidler Elementary School in south Oklahoma City.

A dozen years ago, Goin began volunteering with the City Rescue Mission. There she met a young boy named Miguel. Miguel came from a troubled family. Like many in the area, gang involvement and drug use were common themes for those around him.

As time went on, Goin began working more closely with Miguel. She couldn’t allow him to be pulled into a life of violence and destruction.

Goin attended an open house at Willow Springs Boys Ranch in Chandler and thought it would be the perfect place for Miguel. He has now lived there several years and will soon be graduating from high school. Over the years, 10 boys from the Shidler area have been placed at Willow Springs.

Inspired by the promise of hope for Miguel and the other boys, Goin started FaithWorks of the Inner City three years ago. The organization serves the community from Shields Avenue to I-35, from the Oklahoma River south to 34th Street.

“When I retired, it seemed evident to me that I needed to work with that community,” Goin said.
The organization’s mission statement is to meet the educational, spiritual and physical needs of inner city children and their families.

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