Western Oklahoma Family Care Center assistance programs.

Many of the services administered directly by Western Oklahoma Family Care Center are part of their medical care programs, such as the Hope Dental Clinic. The Beckham and Cotton County agency can also provide vary limited financial help, and this is provided in partnership with agencies such as the Salvation Army. The main office of WOFCC can provide more information as well as applications on these assistance programs.

Qualifying residents may be able to receive small amounts of money for paying home heating and gas utility bills. In order to qualify for this program, the applicant must earn a regular, sustainable income, be in receipt of a disconnect notice that is imminent, and have made every possible effort (including using LIHEAP) to pay the utility provider on his or her own.

This financial help is usually combined with counseling. This too is available through WOFCC, including financial counseling and other types of guidance for a variety of budgeting needs or even personal issues or concerns. All services from Western Oklahoma Family Care Center are provided on an appointment-only basis.

The WOFCC-owned and operated Hope Dental Clinic is for the very low income as well as uninsured. The location offers a variety of free dental services, including check-ups, tooth extractions, permanent fillings, cleanings, and hygiene. The service from dentists on site is for those who meet eligibility requirements.

To be considered eligible for this low cost care, an applicant must be uninsured, or unable to afford treatment that is documented as necessary. To receive services from the Beckham County center, an application is required to Hope Dental Clinic. Only after this has been reviewed will an appointment be made for the earliest possible date, but this may be many weeks into the future.

Western Oklahoma Family Care Center partners with the Western Technology Center in Weatherford, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), local colleges and their School of Dentistry, as well as the Beckham Department of Hygiene. These groups work to provide a practical environment in which dental hygiene students are provided with every opportunity to make progress and care for the low income.





Other medical care is provided too. WOFCC owns and operates its Hope Medical Clinics on an appointment-only basis, and this is above and beyond the dental care referenced above. There are appointments for assistance scheduled in advance, so it is not a drop in facility.

The non-profit agency's licensed charitable pharmacy dispenses low cost prescription medications as well. This program is for Hope Medical Clinic patients, and is run in partnership with local nursing homes including Elk City, Bell Avenue and Hensley’s in Sayre Oklahoma. Under no circumstances does the pharmacy keep on site or provide to patients any narcotics or other controlled medications to its patients.

The clinics have limited hours, but tend to be open a few days per week. Appointments are needed to get any type of medical or dental care, or also medications.

WOFCC's thrift store is for the general public. The site, known as Christi’s Bazaar, stocks new and gently used shoes, clothing, furniture, school supplies, household items, and toys. Everything is sold at affordable thrift store rates. Some clients may shop for free, as vouchers for thrift store merchandise are available to individuals and families who are unable to afford their immediate needs. The phone number to the store is 580-225-0336.

The Respect Your Elders nursing home ministry is for the elderly and disabled that are no longer living at home. The Western Oklahoma Family Care Center program's goal is to improve quality of life and enhance the well-being of nursing home residents in Jefferson Beckham, and other regions. There is help with a focus on people who don’t receive regular visits or care from family and friends.

Respect Your Elders furnishes hearing-impaired residents with free hearing aids; mobility-challenged residents with TVs and headphones, free food, and seniors/disabled who wear pajamas with new clothing if needed.  Using donations (and the thrift store) other items are available to meet a wide variety of needs.

WOFCC will also accept all donations of serviceable items that will help the elderly program and nursing home service. They need many items, and donate to Christi’s Bazaar. Monetary contributions (no matter the dollar amount) are very welcome as well as part of Respect Your Elders.





The WOFCC Career Center is used for employment needs. The location is equipped with state-of-the-art touch-screen computers as well as tablets that can be used for free. The center will offer a number of useful functions, including access to the Internet for use in searching for jobs and submitting applications; support to clients from teachers who those working to earn high school diplomas or GED certificates; classes on Windows and Microsoft Office skills and abilities.

WOFCC and the Salvation Army partner to offer housing and basic needs to assist stranded travelers who are homeless. Requests for this service, which helps them get to their destination, may be submitted at the office.

Proof is needed as well. Any traveler assistance must be accompanied with an explanation of their current situation and suitable evidence that some form of stable living situation is actually awaiting them at their proposed destination. Western Oklahoma Family Care Center also works with the authorities, as forms must be taken to the Police Department.

For more information on these programs, Western Oklahoma Family Care Center is currently based in Elk City, OK 73648. The phone number is 580-225-5500.



By Jon McNamara

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