Streets, LLC is a family business that has provided philanthropic support and HVAC contracting for the Oklahoma City pediatric rehabilitation campus for more than 50 years.
Bill Streets fondly remembers his earliest interactions with Bethany Children’s Health Center, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital in his hometown of Oklahoma City. It was Christmas, 1966, and two local groups were looking for a worthy charity to support.
“The plumbing, heating and cooling contractors got together with the Women’s Auxiliary to decide on a charitable organization, and we chose Bethany Children’s,” said Bill. “In those early days, the kids didn’t have a television or any place to put their clothes, so we bought lockers and a 21 inch TV for their common room, which would have been considered a big screen at the time.”
That was the first of many philanthropic and business collaborations between Bethany Children’s Health Center and Bill’s HVAC company, now called Streets, LLC. Bill and his brother Bob Streets founded Streets in 1960, and it has grown into a multi-generational business, including Bill’s son Chris and grandson Christopher.
Over the years, Streets has become a go-to contractor for Bethany, installing Trane equipment and performing other work to help the organization fulfill its therapeutic mission.
The Streets appreciate all their customers but have a special place in their hearts for Bethany Children’s, which started off as an orphanage over 100 years ago. Bill was an orphan and adopted Chris, who was also an orphan, giving them a natural connection to the organization. Still, it’s Bethany Children’s outstanding work that really inspires the family.
“It’s quite an experience to hold a little kid at the Hospital,” said Chris Streets. “We’re just happy to be part of their mission.”
The Story of Bethany Children’s Health Center
Bethany Children’s was founded in 1898, almost a decade before Oklahoma became a state. The facility went through different phases as an orphanage and convalescent facility, shifting more towards healthcare during the polio outbreaks in the early and middle 20th century. As the organization grew, they began caring for children with even more intensive medical needs.