Delta Community Action Association Programs.

The Delta Community Action Association is a regional non-profit agency that was created to meet the needs of low income and struggling families. Some of what may be available includes free food, emergency financial aid for paying utilities or rent, and educational programs such as Head Start. The organization will plan and implement programs that are authorized by the federal government, state of Oklahoma and local bodies to address poverty in Stephens, Garvin, McClain, and Tillman counties.

Emergency Assistance is available using local donations along with government grants. There can be funds issued to the agency from government sources such as Community Food and Nutrition, the Homeless Assistance Program, FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter, Salvation Army contributions, Share the Warmth, and Lend a Hand. All of these groups and resources can provide funds to the agency or those that are struggling in times of an emergency. This assistance may include and pay for expenses such as gasoline, rental assistance, utility bills, food, transportation, clothing and prescriptions.

If the agency can' meet your needs, then all those individuals that require additional services beyond what Delta Community Action Association offers are provided with referrals. Over 10,000 low income families as well as individuals receive emergency financial assistance through Delta in all the three counties. Call (405) 756-1100.

As risk children and teenagers can get help from Senior Citizens the Foster Grandparent Program. The non-profit works to recruit income-eligible people who are 60 years or older, who can participate up to 40 hours per week with tutoring and mentoring at risk children in Comanche, Stephens, Murray, Carter, Johnson and Marshall counties. Dial (405)756-1100.

Congregate meal sites are available for seniors and the elderly. Delta Community Action's Nutrition Program has over 20 sites throughout the area that serve free or low cost meals. It is for those that are 60 years of age that are disabled, individuals who reside in rural areas, low income with greatest economic and social need, individuals living alone and their caregivers. Telephone (580) 255-3956.




The meal sites are in Caddo County, including Anadarko, Apache, Carnegie, Cement, Cyril, Hinton. In Comanche County, the sites are based at Cache, Elgin, Geronimo, Lawton North, Lawton South, Patterson, and Pleasant Valley. Senior location in Cotton County are at Randlett, Temple, and Walters. Additional locations of congregate meal sites are as follows.

  • Grady County – Chickasha, Rush Springs, Verden
  • Jefferson County – Ringling, Ryan, Waurika
  • McClain County – Blanchard, Byars, Purcell, Washington, Wayne
  • Stephens County - Duncan North, Duncan South, Comanche, Marlow
  • Tillman County - Frederick

Transportation assistance and transit is for residents of Garvin and McClain counties. It will offer on demand-response transit services for needs such as entertainment, doctor appointments, medical, nutrition, and many more transportation needs. Also, the transit system ties up with the Head Start programs and Senior Nutrition Programs to cater to the daily transit services for their consumers. There will be small cost for this use.

Financial support from Asset Development and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA. Staff from Delta Community Action Foundation have been certified to work with the Earned Income Tax Credit / Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. It will, among other things, offer free tax help tolow to  moderate-income and senior people who cannot prepare their own income tax returns. Main number is (405)527-6537.

Energy assistance from Weatherization can make your home more weather-tight and energy efficient. Applications on the program can be obtained at Delta Community Action Association. The organization also works with local contractors in McClain and nearby counties.

It provides services and free enhancements such as Minor Roof Repairs, Air Infiltration, Attic Insulation, Wall Insulation, Exterior Doors, Window Caulking, Weather Stripping, Wall Repair, and Minor Floor Repair.





Similar to above, Homeowner-Occupied Rehabilitation helps lower-income families whose homes are substandard address a number of critical health and safety issues. Activities in this program include, but are not limited to Heating and air unit fixes, Handicap accessibility features, Plumbing and roof repairs, new Windows, and extra Insulation.

Early Head Start is a federal government funded, non-profit community based program for lower income pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. It is offered by Delta Community Action Association and its partners at no cost to qualified families and offers. If they are found to be qualified, it can provide free Health Screenings, Full Year / Full Day childcare, Child Development Screenings, and Nutritious Meals and Snacks.

The Head Start program is for slightly older children. They will be enrolled and involved in a variety of educational and social activities. Along with being involved in various learning activities they also have healthy meals and snacks, receive free medical and dental care and more.

Children from income qualified families with disabilities are provided special care and services from Head Start. They are offered to them in order to meet their special needs. Most children in Head Start are aged between three and five.

Medications can address medical needs of those that are struggling. Rx for Oklahoma can offer people in Garvin and Stephens County with discounted prescription. Both uninsured and underinsured Oklahoma are encouraged to apply for help. In addition, both Medicare Part D and Medicaid beneficiaries as well as seniors with unique circumstances may qualify.

The primary locations of the non-profit is as follows.

Garvin County Office, 225 W. McClure, Pauls Valley, OK 73075, dial 405-238-3838
Stephens County location is at 921 Maple, Duncan, Oklahoma  73533, 580-255-3222
McClain County Delta Community Action Association office, 223 W. Washington Street, Purcell, OK 73080, dial 405-527-6537



By Jon McNamara

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