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Grady and Caddo County assistance programs.

Low income families in Caddo County and nearby Grady have places to turn to for help when they are faced with a crisis. A few food banks and community action agencies operate in the region.

Washita Valley Community Action Council offers individuals access to several programs. However they are also a leading organization to call for referrals and other support. Some examples of the resources administered are below.

Head Start will partner with both children and parents to ensure children get off on a solid footing. After all, parents are the child’s first and most important educator. Work with a teacher to ensure that parents are provided the opportunity for family and individual goal setting. They will also be able to participate in all areas of goal setting.

As part of the federal government and Washita Valley Community Action Council Head start program children will be provided access to Family & Community Partnerships, Disabilities & Mental Health assistance, Education/ Early Childhood Development, Free Nutrition, and Basic Health/Dental Care. The community action agency, teachers and social workers that are part of Head Start do their best to ensure children under 5 get off to a start strong in life.

Apply for LIHEAP or weatherization. The programs are funded and guided by the U. S. Department of Energy as well as the state of Oklahoma. Weatherization is free, and it can assist saving energy usage by low-income families. Grants for paying utility bills may be provided by LIHEAP. Click here.

Contractors from the Weatherization department will inspect the home of the client and review Health and Safety hazards, insulation present in dwelling, draftiness of the home and the efficiency of certain appliances. The weatherization crew from the community action agency will also come to the dwelling and perform the work to achieve the most energy savings procedures. All improvements are made to ensure that homes in Caddo and other communities are safe and energy efficient.




The community action agency may also have medications as part of Rx for Oklahoma. Get help in accessing free or low cost prescription drugs. The center works with drug companies to provide support to the low income and uninsured in the community. Many people who need the prescription help are not aware of the long-standing manufacturers’ assistance programs available or they may not know how to complete the applications. This is where Rx for Oklahoma can assist. The results of this program is people may be able to get free medications for their condition.

Washita Valley Community Action Council also can refer people to other resources and help them apply and sign up. The main office is at 205 West Chickasha Avenue, Chickasha, OK 73023. Telephone number is (405) 224-5831.

American Legion Of Oklahoma, Chickasha branch serves the greater Grady County region. The center can assist veterans with basic needs. This can include money for paying rent, cooling or utilities. Or get referrals to public and government aid too. Call (405) 222-3675 for information and referrals.

The Salvation Army administer numerous social services, case management, and assistance programs for the needy in both Caddo and Grady County. While all financial aid is limited, what is available ranges from food to emergency financial assistance for utilities. Also contact them for holiday and seasonal support, including back to school supply giveaways, free Christmas toys or meals and Thanksgiving turkey dinners. The address is 227 N 4th Street, Chickasha, OK 73018. Call (405) 224-5647. More on Grady County Salvation Army assistance programs.

There are also national resources offered by the Salvation Army. As examples, disaster relief such as for tornadoes or rain. There are anti-poverty programs, transitional housing and homeless shelters, veteran care and much more. Read more Salvation Army assistance programs.

Beholding The Child offers non-financial support. Resources include furniture, medical equipment, miscellaneous housewares, clothing, holiday baskets, emergency food. (405) 224-6358

Free food banks and pantries

Apache Ministerial Alliance administer a food pantry for the low income, seniors, and needy in the community. Call (580) 588-2426 for details.





Southern Oaks Church Of Christ Chickasha – Phone (405) 224-1821

First Baptist Church is located in Chickasha at 324 W Colorado Avenue.

Epworth United Methodist Church runs a food voucher program for individuals who are HIV/AIDs. May also have referrals to medical care and housing resources. 420 W Iowa, Chickasha, Oklahoma 73018

There are other agencies that offer free food. Any assistance is usually first come and served. Other items may be clothing, baby formula, and vouchers for supermarkets. Find more information.


By Jon McNamara

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