Brazos Valley Community Action Agency.
Basic needs can be met by the Brazos Valley Community Action Agency, Inc. The non-profit offers several services to the less fortunate. Some aid is provided directly to those that qualify and other services are provided from referrals or in cooperation with partners.
The agency provides support to several counties in Texas, including Brazos, Burleson, Chambers, Grimes, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Montgomery, Robertson, Walker, Waller, and Washington. The demand for help in this region is very high, mostly as a result of the weak economy. Only a limited number of applications can be fulfilled due to resource levels.
Medical care, clinics, and behavioral health
Integrated Behavioral Health Services are coordinated by BVCAA. The agency can provide behavioral health services, Adult Psychiatric care, counseling, and other care. Examples of the services are Stress-management, help for Anxiety, and Trauma Intervention.
Brazos Valley Community Action Agency Dental Clinics offer the low income and uninsured the following services. Call them for information on free or low cost Oral examinations, X-rays, Extractions, Fillings Cleanings, or Sealants. The locations are Robertson County Dental Clinic, 1002 West Brown Street, Hearne, 77859 (phone (979) 279-9165) or the Mary Lake Dental Clinic, 624 Mary Lake, Bryan, 77801 (dial (979) 846-2500).
Health Care Clinics are supported by volunteers and on site clinicians. Staff is committed to providing affordable, complete, and compassionate health care to you and your family. The services and medical assistance offered is noted below. The list is just a sampling.
Receive care for Chronic illnesses, Family planning/reproductive health, Flu shots, and Immunizations. A pharmacy may distribute Pharmacy/prescriptions, Physicals and well visits, Prenatal and Preventive care. Or receive primary adult and pediatric care, dental oral examinations, X-rays, Extractions, or fillings. Advice and support may include Medication Assistance Program (MAP), Transportation assistance and state of Texas Medicaid screening and enrollment. The main Brazos Valley site is at HealthPoint Bryan/College Station, 3370 S. Texas Ave., Suite B, Bryan, Texas 77802, (979) 595-1700.
Brazos Valley energy programs
Utility bill resources are offered as part of the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP). The are covered is Brazos County, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Montgomery, Robertson, Waller, Walker and Washington counties. 3705 South College Station, Texas 77801, Phone: 979-595-1199 or dial toll free 855-252-1467
- The Crisis Program will offer financial assistance and grants for paying electric, natural or propane bills.
- An elderly/disabled program is for seniors that are age 60 and older or those with a disability. They will receive priority for any utility bill assistance.
- Case Management is combined along with any financial aid. This is for families or individuals that are seeking to improve their quality of life. It coordinates education, counseling and referral assistance for the low income.
The Texas Weatherization Program helps low income customers, with a focus on the disabled, elderly, and homes with children. It will help households control their energy costs and save money. This is achieved through the installation of weatherization materials and tips/education. The main goal of this federally funded program is to reduce the energy bills of low income households. This will in effect give them increased disposable income each month. For details, contact BVCAA, Inc. Weatherization, 3141 Briarcrest Drive, Suite 510, Bryan Texas 77802, phone 1-855-551-7712.
Additional services and programs
While food assistance is available in the region, the priority is on seniors and the elderly. The services focus in helping the elderly in the area, however others may receive help as well, including children, students, and the disabled.
The community action agency runs a total of four different services, including Meals on Wheels, Congregate Meals which are served at Senior Centers, CBA Meals and the last one being Private Pay. The last option is for those who do not qualify for the other assistance programs offered but that still need to ensure they receive the daily nutrition they require.
Meals on Wheels is a low cost service for persons living at or below federal government poverty levels, the disabled and anyone that is unable to prepare a meal for themselves. This is similar to Home Delivered Meals, which are for persons 60 years of age or older who are home-bound. Phone 979-823-2203.
Private Pay Meals are for residents that are wishing to have a free hot, noon-time meal delivered to their home. 979-823-2203
Brazos Valley Community Action Agency, Inc. processes applications for Head Start. This a federal government program for preschool children and infants from low-income families. Qualified children who attend Head Start will be able to participate in a variety of social and educational activities. Not only that, but the child will also receive free medical and dental care, have healthy snacks and meals, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting.
There are learning centers throughout the region. These are filled with rich materials that help children grow and learn. All activities offered will be planned to respect each child’s abilities and age. Teachers and staff that work with the non-profit agency will also provide an observational assessment of each child and this will be done routinely to identify goals.
Head Start also supports children with disabilities. They will be fully included in classrooms and home based activities. The program is full inclusion and all children from the region will be able to receive the full range of services and activities. The BVCAA also works closely with the local public schools to assure that children with disabilities receive all the special support and services they need. The main phone numbers and locations are below.
- BVCAA, Inc. Head Start Administration, 3141 Briarcrest Drive, Suite 501, Bryan, Texas 77802, Phone: 979-774-3496
- Home Base for Brazos, Burleson and Leon County, 3141 Briarcrest, Suite 513, Bryan, Tx 77802, call (979) 774-0817
- Brenham, 305 Val Verde, Brenham, TX 77833, main number is (979) 830-7037
- Bryan CDC, 711 Houston, Bryan, Texas 77803, telephone (979) 775-5492
- Buffalo, 110 Bison Train, Buffalo, Texas 75831.
- Hearne CDC, 710 Magnolia, Hearne, Tx 77859, dial (979) 279-5081
- Madisonville, 901 Trinity, Madisonville, TX 77864, (936) 348-3915
- Navasota, 1605 Neal, Navasota, Texas, dial (936) 825-4280
- Neal, 1306 Barak Lane, Bryan, TX 77802, telephone (979) 260-2679
Financial stability and help with building savings is offered from Goal$avers. This was set up as a partnership between the Brazos Valley Community Action Agency, Inc. as well as the United Way of Brazos Valley. It empowers low to moderate income participants as they pursue Homeownership or a post-secondary education such as associate, bachelor, graduate and/or trade school degrees. There are also some matching grant components of the Goal$avers program.
WIC is for pregnant women, infants, and newborns. Residents can apply at the agency for it. It provides nutrition education and vouchers for food. This is offered for nourishment during critical human growth cycles. The community action agency will also pass out USDA regulated and approved food vouchers, referrals to other community services and offer other support.
The main phone number to dial is (979) 846-1100 for information on the Brazos Valley Community Action Agency, Inc. Or call the programs referenced above.