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Beckham, Cotton, and Jefferson County assistance programs.

The non-profit Community Action Development Corporation may offer, or can direct people to, the greatest number of programs, including these.

Head Start is available at several centers in the region, and the program serves dozens of children from low income families. Resources are available for children who are 3 to 4 years old, and priority is always for children from the lowest income families. That being said, all families from the community are encouraged to apply as children of all income levels can be served as regulations allow.

Each child from Beckham County or other communities who is enrolled in Head Start will receive free dental, medical, developmental, hearing, and/or vision screenings. Food and meals are offered to, and can provide up to 1/3 of the child's daily nutritional requirements.

Save money on your utility bills from weatherization. The federal government created and funded program can reduce the energy bills and costs for qualified low income families by improving the energy efficiency and conservation levels of their homes. It will also help ensure homes are maintained with both health and safety in place. Some of the energy conservation updates and improvements to a home can include entry doors, windows, insulation, even refrigerators, and safe energy efficient heaters. Weatherization can provide these updates and much more.

While the above weatherization program is offered at no cost, the Community Action Development Corporation also offers a fee-for-service energy conservation program. The will provide recommendations for improvements and they are trained in the latest energy saving techniques. Advice is offered to homeowners, or residents of Cotton and Jefferson County can request an estimate for improvements from their certified and qualified technicians.

Emergency assistance and community services are offered by CADC. The non-profit agency strives to assist low income and struggling area residents in becoming self-sufficient by offering immediate assistance, information on job programs and employment agencies, and referrals to other social service programs. The agency is the local representative for several emergency financial assistance programs for families in need to get immediate help with housing, energy bills, food, and more. If it is available, then assistance for utilities or food is given on a first come first served basis. All funds are very limited, and come from the Salvation Army, Federal Emergency Management Services (FEMA), and the Homeless Assistance Program (HAP).





Prescription assistance is offered from Rx for Oklahoma. This health and medical resource helps Oklahomans find and access prescription assistance programs, most of which are provided by pharmaceutical manufacturing and drug companies. Discounted and free prescription medication assistance have proven to be a much needed service for low income and uninsured Oklahomans. The Rx for Oklahoma program provides improved medication compliance, better healthcare and fewer medical complications for those that need help and who qualify. Read more on free prescriptions.

Free income tax filing is offered as part of the VITA/TCE program. The community action agency participates in many financial type programs, including the Oklahoma Asset Development Program. As part of this partnership they offer the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (VITA/TCE).

This program can provide free basic federal and state of Oklahoma income tax return preparation services for eligible taxpayers. All services are certified and approved by the IRS. Well trained volunteers are the program's most valuable resource, and they offer high quality care and attention to those who need it. All services are confidential, and are free for seniors and those who qualify.

Transportation assistance is offered between communities and within most counties including Jefferson Oklahoma. Rides are offered for those who qualify, including the elderly and persons with disabilities. Some examples of what people can get transportation for include rides to job sites, Head Start centers vocational and public schools. The Road to Work Program (RRT) also offers the SoonerRide Program, a service providing transportation for Medicaid recipients to dialysis treatments, doctors' appointments, hospitals, and more.

Homebuyer Education can help prospective, new, and potential homebuyers for what may be the largest transaction and financial investment they will ever make, which is buying their home. Workshops and programs cover all of the major concerns, including shopping for the best finance rate, types of insurance, home inspection, pros and cons of homeownership, mortgage financing, and tips on negotiating a purchase price.

The Community Action Development Corporation is located at 105 S. Main Frederick, Oklahoma 73542, or call (580) 335-5588. Click here.





Western Oklahoma Family Care Center – Offers several services. They include limited rent help. Some funds may be offered for paying utility, cooling, or heating bills. Other resources can help with prescription medications, and get referrals to other non-profits and charities in the region.

There is also both medical and dental care offered from the WOFCC Hope Clinic. This is run in partnership with local colleges and may use government grants to help pay for the services. Address is 609 West Ave E, Elk City, OK 73644, call (580) 303-4477, or more Western Oklahoma Family Care Center.

St. Matthews Beckham church is in Elk City, Beckham County. The church provides emergency utility assistance and helps stranded motorists with gas and a motel room. Call (580) 225-0066.

First Baptist Church of Walters has a food pantry on site. Meals, emergency food boxes, and other aid is offered. (580) 875-3341

Jefferson County Social Services and Health Department – The medical center can improve the development and well being of children. Services provided include blood lead screening, immunizations, weight and height checks, vision and hearing screenings. Programs may also provide medical assistance to first time mothers less than 28 weeks pregnant who meet income guidelines. Residents can also sign up for WIC at this center. 107 E Anderson Avenue, Waurika, Oklahoma 73573, call (580) 228-2313




By Jon McNamara

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