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John 3:16 Mission's homeless in recovery program helps produce honey and provide work skills

Posted at 6:19 PM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 19:19:20-04

It's that time of year again - to harvest honey!

Located about two miles west of downtown Tulsa sit several beehives in an open field. The unpredictable owner is John 3:16 Mission.

"This is our third season," says Reverend Steve Whitaker, president of the nonprofit organization.

The mission puts to work students from its Homeless Recovery Program to equip them with vocational skills.

"They're learning how to work. This is what we call soft skills. Getting up, getting dressed and showing up are soft skills for helping people reintegrate into society," explains Whitaker.

On Monday, the group spent all day removing frames from beehives, spinning honeycombs and extracting honey. The mission hopes to produce between 400 to 500 pounds in order to sell it through its for-profit business called BeeLoved Trading.

"All the profits go to help John 3:16 Mission," says Whitaker.

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