We help families.
We provide temporary/emergency assistance service for families and individuals with basic needs. Many people find themselves temporarily unemployed and their financial resources severely curtailed due to health or employment issues or other reasons. Until employment can be secured or, in some cases, state assistance can be initiated, these people may find they need immediate assistance with food, clothing, utility or rent payments. Our agency attempts to provide these necessities and to assist in long-term planning with the individual families. Referrals are made to appropriate agencies along with contacts for churches or organizations in the community who are known to be able to provide assistance with employment, housing, etc.
A “Family Action Plan” is designed for each family in an effort for the family to develop self-sufficiency. If the family needs assistance in the future, verification is required to show progress on the Family Action Plan. Some examples of the plan would include:
Register with Workforce Oklahoma,
Apply for employment,
Apply for WIC,
Apply for Food Stamps,
Decrease household expenses (i.e.: cable bills, rent to own payments, etc).
Every Family Action plan is different; it is developed based on the family’s situation.
In 2008, Sand Springs Community Services assisted 2,070 unduplicated individuals. The total monetary value of assistance was $120,000.00 which is a 24.4% increase from 2007.
While individuals or families were eligible for just over $1,000.00 in different kinds of assistance from us in 2007, less than 18% received over $400.00. In assisting with bills for rent, natural gas, electricity, and water service, SSCS strives to help clients discover resources at their disposal in addition to those of the agency. Referrals are often made to other agencies. Direction and encouragement is given for re-entering the work force when unemployment has led to the crisis. Help is also given in evaluating priorities for the client’s personal budget. As a result, clients are helped in a time of need and given assistance towards a return to self-sufficiency.
Your contributions of food, time and money are extremly important to this program. We could not do this without the support of our caring community of neighbors helping neighbors in crisis.