Rolling Plains Management Corporation assistance programs.

Emergency services, case management and referrals are all offered from the Rolling Plains Management Corporation. Some of the programs they run themselves include weatherization, Head Start, and they also offer some limited transportation in the region. The non-profit provides support to the Texas counties of Wichita, Baylor, Cottle, Foard, Clay, Hardeman, Wilbarger, Archer, Jack, Montague, and Young

Much of the funding and resources available from the agency are paid for by the Community Services Block Grant. Most of this comes from the federal government, and the number and types of programs offered each year can vary.

Case managers can help low income clients explore their options. They offer referrals and information to emergency services and case management. Rolling Plains also works with partners in the region, including the counties of Baylor, Wilbarger, Montague and others. This allows the agency to provide referrals from everything such as food to rent, low income loans for paying bills and health care needs.

The case management services can help clients that are desiring to become self-sufficient over the long term. Staff from Rolling Plains Management Corporation provide budget and credit counseling. There are debt reduction plans, HUD agencies in the region, and other forms of support. They also help deal with employment needs and establish short term and long range goals. This program can also provide for on-going assistance for the time necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. If needed, find other ways to get debt assistance

Grants for utility bills are part of the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program. This is often combined with energy conservation measures. The program is the nation's and state of Texas primary resource for meeting the immediate home energy needs of those with low incomes. A focus is on seniors and the disabled. There is also a focus reducing the energy needs and monthly utility bills for households.

Utility bill assistance will offer payments to assist low-income households in Baylor, Cottle, Foard, Wilbarger, Clay, and other towns to help with their bills. In addition, case managers can provide information on public aid that may help with conservation.





Emergency or Household Crisis help from CEAP is for those facing a disconnection. There may also be funds to pay for the service and repair of existing cooling or heating units. Or Rolling Plains will pass out portable units or free fans in an energy related crisis.

Rolling Plains Management Corporation Child Development and Head Start program is offered with local charities, school and partners. It works to help children and will empower, enable and strengthen children and families.

The main goal of Head Start is to encourage school readiness by enhancing the emotional development, cognitive, and social development. It offers children health, educational, free nutritional, social, and other services. The program will also help parents. They can get referrals to government benefits and staff work with parents on their employment, educational, and literacy goals.

For those that are able to enroll, Rolling Plains Management works to address child health and developmental concerns. These will be identified by staff and teachers. They will then be referred to an ongoing source of continuous, accessible care to meet their basic needs. It is various comprehensive and is offered in the Texas counties and towns of Knox City, Vernon, Munday, Archer City and others.

The Weatherization Assistance Program provides energy conservation and other forms of assistance to economically disadvantaged individuals. The focus is on helping the elderly and disabled in the community. It will, among other things, allow people to conserve energy, promote a more comfortable healthy environment and reduce high utility bills.

The program receive funding and grants from several places. They include the US Department of Energy. It is often combined with funds from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program in which the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is a key partner.

The improvements made to a home can include window repair/replacement, general caulking, Patching holes in floor, ceiling, outside walls, free attic, floor and wall insulation, Repair/replace/retrofit heat/cool equipment, and more. All of this is done for free to those low income families that qualify.




Transportation services are also available from Rolling Plains Management Corporation. It operates in Baylor, Archer, Cottle, Foard, Jack, rural Wichita, Hardeman, Wilbarger, and Young counties.  SHARP Lines provides transportation to dental, medical, eye centers and social service agencies.  While there will be fees involved, the transportation from SHARP is for the disabled, general public, school children, and senior citizens.

The main offices of the community action agency are at.

Baylor, Cottle, Foard, Hardeman, Wilbarger County, 118 North First, Crowell, Texas 79227, dial 1-800-633-0852
Archer, Clay, Jack, Montague, Wichita, Young - 227 North Beverly Drive, Wichita Falls 76306. Call the center at 1-877-804-7372 
Taylor, Shackleford, Stephens County region is 807 North Judge Ely, Abilene, Texas 79601, dial 1-877-450-7616


By Jon McNamara

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