The Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance has a brand-new Sasquatch shaved ice location in Bricktown, and they are providing much more than just a refreshing treat.
“We have the most flavors in the world, which is really exciting. What we kind of say is sasquatch is hard to find, but a good flavor shouldn’t be,” said Whitley O’Conner, with the Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance.
Sasquatch Shaved Ice is a nonprofit snow cone stand working with youth between the ages of 16 and 24. Some of the youths have been in the foster care system, some from the criminal justice system, and some are just kids needing a little support.
“So, we work with the youth on learning financial literacy skills. We match dollar for dollar what they save toward their career and educational goals, trying to incentivize those good spending and saving habits,” said O’Conner
They also focus on communication skills, and even how to dress for a job interview in the future. With so much time spent together, there is an obvious bond built between the Sasquatch workers and the alliance workers.
“We’re always really excited to go to high school graduations. We go to college orientations. It’s really exciting to see folks move on and find that next career or get into that college we’re excited for,” said O’Conner.
With summer coming to an end, the Homeless Alliance worked with legislation to get a law passed allowing the stand to remain open in the winter months.
“As things start to cool off, we’ll cut down and have about half of our snow cone flavors, and we’ll bring in some hot chocolate and we’ll do some fun things with that. You can get tiger’s blood hot chocolate, or a marshmallow hot chocolate. We’ll also do smores and popcorn,” said O’Conner
More importantly keeping youth employed through the winter months.
They also serve “dog pops” a snow cone treat for dogs, flavored with beef or chicken, served in a bowl and topped with a little gravy and a milk bone dog treat.
The new Bricktown location is located just west of the ballpark. They also have another location in Plaza District near NW 16th Street between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Both locations are open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.