Big Five Community Services, Inc. - This is the local community action agency, and they provide emergency grants and financial assistance to those who qualify for aid (according to criteria) by providing free food, rent help and utility assistance. Most of this is support available using Outreach, low interest loans or referrals to outside organizations and non-profits.
The goal of the non-profit is meet the needs of families requiring emergency assistance. Also provides temporary housing. and shelter. Another service offered is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, in which volunteers and staff prepare basic Income tax returns and transmit them electronically. Weatherization program is also available.
Big Five also operates Head Start for children from families living in poverty. This provides them educational support, dental care, and meals. Low cost transportation may also be arranged in counties including Pontoto, Bryan, and others. For information, dial (580) 332-3430, or more on Big Five Community Services.
Consumer Credit Counseling (phone (580) 745-9600). This non-profit credit counseling group offers seminars and workshops, including foreclosure counseling, and sessions are held for financial literacy and aid in achieving long term financial goals. Learn more.
Get help with energy bills from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services of Bryan County. Clients of the government program must provide verification that their utility service is either currently disconnected or terminated by the supplier. Or they need to provide support that indicates that their service will be cut off within 72 hours.
Another type of assistance they can provide is that if an applicant will be out of heating fuel or oil within 72 hours and have a notice of refusal to provide addition fuel or information on a fee to establish a new connection. Only a limited amount of aid will be provided. The payment amount will be only the amount necessary to restore or maintain service or attain new service from the energy company The maximum payment for bills is maximized at $500.00, regardless of household size or income. (800) 225-0062
Cornerstone Praise & Worship Center - Provides extremely low priced food (save up to 50%) for purchase by anyone. The cheap, yet high quality food, is the result of Angel Food national program. (580) 927-3900.
If you are facing an eviction from your rental unit, or a disconnection from utility company, Ada Area Community Emergency Service may be your best option as it provides financial assistance to persons given only a few days before eviction or in need of assistance with paying an energy or utility bill. Assistance is only given once a year, so be cautious if and when you apply for help. The non-profit can offer limited assistance at the beginning of each month for homeless preventative and eviction measures, $50.00 to be used towards rental assistance (includes funds for security deposits), utility service - must be disconnect, help is once a year. Call them at (580) 272-0211.
Salvation Army - Provides heating bill assistance only. However various forms of energy are covered, and help be be provided for gas, propane or wood heating sources. Can be electric if home is total electric. (580) 332-1377
Southwest Church of Christ of Ada (dial (580) 332-3430) - The church can help the needy by providing free food monthly for persons who are in need.
Native Americans that are part of the Choctaw Nation can get assistance with their housing and rental needs. The housing authority runs low income shelters, housing units and apartments. For those that are facing eviction, then funds may be offered for paying rent. Click here.
One of the clinics to call for health care is Helton Rural Health Clinic of Coalgate. The center provides low cost or free care as well as assistance with paying costs of medical care and hospital bills at this facility for those patients who meet the guidelines of the clinic. (580) 927-2334 Coalgate Oklahoma.
If you are low income and have no financial means or resources to pay for your medical bills, Compassion Outreach Center may be able to assist. They help those local residents who are in need of chronic medical care. The center offers free eye examinations, prescription medications, dental extractions, eyeglasses (more on free eyeglasses and exams), blood test, used clothing, wheel chairs and other health care equipment for the needy. Ada Oklahoma. Phone (580) 310-1021.
Head Start is a program run by Big Five Community Services, Inc. The phone number is above. The program provides comprehensive child care program providing free quality services for both children up to age of 5 as well as their families. Head Start provides for the emotional needs of every child on an individual basis and strives to identify and provide for any learning disability before the child enters public school. Medical, dental, nutritional and mental health services are provided.
First Baptist Clinic - Provides a general health clinic and prescriptions to anyone in need. Will not do surgeries or specialty health care such as a broke arm, etc. Durant Oklahoma. (580) 924-8875
Oklahoma State Department of Health - The state run health care center has physical examinations, well child checkups, measurement of growth and development, orthopedic and behavior programs, vision and hearing screening, screening and referral of problems, treatment of minor illness, immunizations, counseling with parents on infant care, child behavior and nutrition, and diagnosis. (580) 924-4285