Chickasaw Nation Human Services Department - For those individuals with a CDIB or tribal citizenship card, This non profit may be able to assist families and individuals with paying their utilities, provides rent help, free food assistance or any other type of services or resources. The goal of the agency is counter act a family becoming homeless, losing their utility service or having to reside in conditions hazardous to their health or well being. The non-profit operates on very limited funds. Therefore please keep in mind that the agency only provides services through the program when funds are available, so it is limited. (580) 226-4821
Big Five Community Action - This is the local Carter County and Ardmore Oklahoma community action agency. The non-profit can provide assistance with a Food Pantry, however a DHS referral is required. Groceries, canned goods, and other items may be provided from the pantry. Other services include Senior Programs and Head Start for children from low income households.
Everything else from Big Five is in the form of referrals. It offers information on emergency financial assistance and suggestions to clients on how to access to grants to those individuals and families who qualify for aid. The community action agency can provide referrals to utility bill assistance, or resources that can help pay rent or security deposits.
As noted, most of the support is from referrals. Families can be linked to outside organizations and non-profits to help people meet their needs, and it can help families requiring emergency financial assistance. The non-profit also provides details on temporary housing and shelter. Phone (580) 223-4613 More on Big Five community action.
First Baptist Church - The center provides church service with a free hot or cold meal and clothing afterwards to needy individuals and families. (580) 223-1473
St. Marys Catholic Church, which is based in Ardmore and can be reached at (580) 223-7544, may be able to provides emergency assistance in paying rent for needy individuals through church and private donations, via the St. Lawrence Guild. Click here for other church assistance programs.
Grace Resource Center - The non-profit provides rent help and security deposit assistance. In addition, they can offer referrals for utility assistance for federal government programs such as LIHEAP, Oklahoma programs, and local charities. The center also provides financial counseling, including budgeting skills, debt assistance, and credit repair advice. (580) 223-2027
Carter County Salvation Army - Provides assistance with paying electricity bills once a year per family if there are funds available. Dial (580) 223-6176
First United Methodist Church offers food vouchers and assistance. Call (580) 223-5390
Ardmore Loaves and Fishes (phone (580) 223-2399) - Free food and groceries for people in need. Applicants may receive food and perishables for the first three months at a time. They may decide to skip a month and receive food for another three months if they so choose.
Find free or low cost food in Carter County from several other pantries as well. Many of them are based at local churches. However not only may they give out groceries, but they may also serve meals, bring food to low income senior citizens, and offer other aid. Find Carter County food pantries.
Good Shepard Medical Clinic - The center provides a free or low cost medical and health care community clinic for people who are low income and need help with medical bills. Patients are seen by a nurse practitioner on the days that the doctor does not come in. The doctor or nurse will write and fill prescriptions on the day the doctor is there, otherwise people must have prescriptions filled elsewhere. People can be referred to such prescription programs as Together RX. The community clinic also offers minimal dental care and simple extractions only.