United Way of Southwest Oklahoma supports numerous programs at our funded partner organizations. These programs align with our focus areas: Education, Income Stability, Health, and Basic Needs. Our partners are the key players in producing sustained, positive changes in the lives of children and adults in our community. UWSWOK invests your donation in over 23 social programs at our 19 partner agencies and in-house education program, Success By 6. Your contributions to United Way are working year-round building a brighter future for our children, giving hope to those who are in need, strengthening families, and so much more.
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Armed Services YMCA Oklahoma provides free or low-cost programs and services for military families, in the Lawton/Ft. Sill and Altus AFB communities. ASYMCA’s Mission Focus Priority shall be given to providing needed programs and services for junior enlisted personnel, both single and married, and their family members. A few of their services include, Children’s Playgroups, Operation Little Learners - Parent-Child Program, Operation Camp, Operation Kid Comfort, Food Assistance & Emergency Food Relief, Military Family Outreach, Family Bonding Events, and Operation Holiday Joy & Operation Ride Home. ASYMCA programs and services are designed to complement and supplement those provided by the Armed Forces, either on or off military installations as appropriate. This is how ASYMCA strengthens our military families.
Scouting is something the whole family can experience together. Our program includes brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers. It is character development and leadership training through various launch pads. Scouting teaches youth to confront any challenge with whole hearts and clear minds—to live their lives without regret and do their very best and make the biggest impact they can through community service. We help prepare young people to serve as successful members and leaders of our nation’s diverse communities by preparing them how to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (“CASA”) recruit, screen, and train community volunteers who will provide quality advocacy for children who have been adjudicated deprived by the court system as a result of abuse and neglect. As CASA volunteers, we serve as powerful voices for children as they navigate through the court system. A CASA volunteer stands beside every appointed child with the primary goal of helping them reach a safe, loving, and permanent home while always respecting the child’s needs and advocating for their best interest.
The Lawton Regional Office serves people of all faiths, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds in Lawton and around SW OK. We offer the no-fee Family H.O.P.E. (Help, Organize, Prioritize, and Empowerment) Case Management Program. The program is designed to assist families or individuals in need so they may achieve self-sufficiency. Emergency rental, or utility assistance, is offered every second and third Monday of the month beginning at 9:00 AM it is the first call, first served. For utility assistance, a disconnecting or past due amount is required, and proof of income is necessary to receive the financial assistance. This office also offers bilingual counseling services through our St. Joseph’s Counseling Center. Other services are Immigration Services, Adoption, and Refugee Resettlement. Services may include budget/life skills, job placement, and individualized plans for gaining independence.
3501 SW Elise Hamm Dr., Lawton, OK 73505 Tel: 580-248-0471
The Center for Creative Living meets social, recreational, physical and intellectual needs of senior citizens who are 55 years or older. The center provides a warm and friendly atmosphere in which seniors can join with others to exercise at various levels, join a bridge group, play dominoes or pool, learn to square dance, take an art class, learn to quilt or participate in scrap craft class, learn to use the computer, go on tours, take in theatre and learn about key senior issues of health and wellness concerns.
The Christian Family Counseling Center has provided professional outpatient counseling services to the Lawton and Southwest Oklahoma since 1985. People ages seven years old and older are helped as individuals, couples and/or families. All of our nine counselors have Masters Degrees or Ph.D. degrees in counseling and are Licensed or pursuing Licensure in Oklahoma. Common reasons for people coming to the Center include Marital Distress, Couple Relationship Issues, Divorce Recovery, Step Family/Blended Family Issues, Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Grief, Loneliness, Fears/Phobias, Adolescent Problems, School Problems and other issues. Christian Family Counseling Center accepts most Insurance and also offers Reduced Fee counseling based on family income and No Fee help for those in financial need when funds are available.
Family Promise of Lawton, Inc. is a program that offers an alternative to the traditional shelter. At many shelters, men and women are separated into different sleeping areas. Family Promise is unique in that keeping families together is a priority as they face the devastation of homelessness. Family Promise will provide families with housing, hygiene items, food, transportation, job assistance, clothing, case management, and financial training.
GSWESTOK is a group of 6,000 strong girls and adults who believe every girl can change the world. Our girl-led, girl-only environments give girls the freedom and confidence to try new things, and they positively affect everything from a girl’s self-image to her vision of her future. Our programming is based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), which engages girls in self-discovery, connection, and taking action to make the world a better place.
Great Plains Improvement Foundation, Inc. - C. Carter Crane Shelter for the Homeless
1203 SW Texas Ave., Lawton, OK 73501 Tel: 580-248-0936.
C. Carter Crane Shelter provides homeless men, women, and families an environment where they can have basic needs met, but also find opportunities for employment and gain/maintain stable housing. Case management services, especially after exiting the shelter, help ensure their newfound stability. Through our services like shelter, case management, transportation, prevention, and re-housing assistance, C. Carter Crane clients, along with their own willingness and effort, can regain important self-worth and lasting stability in their chosen community.
Hearts That Care Volunteer Health Clinic offers dental and medical care appointments. Clinic nights are open from 5:00-8:30PM. The Medical Clinic is open on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, and the Dental Clinic is open on the 2nd Thursday of each month for extractions and restorative care. Qualifications: Clinics are available to all uninsured patients 18+ who have been denied SoonerCare/Medicaid who earn 200% or less of the Federal Poverty Level. Those without insurance seeking dental care must make an appointment first with the Medical Clinic. Prescriptions are filled at the clinic’s onsite pharmacy. Patients are required to bring a photo ID, recent tax form or proof of income, SoonerCare denial letter (if applicable) and current medication list. To schedule an appointment, contact Program Coordinator at 580.354.9007 or online at www.heartsthatcarelawton.org.
Our organization provides many different programs for the Lawton-Fort Sill Community. Our Y access program provides funding for participants that qualify. This allows everyone the opportunity to participate in sports, aquatics, health and fitness programming and all other programs provided by the YMCA.
The Lawton Food Bank is a non-profit organization that provides food to low-income residents of Oklahoma through various programs. Clients can return every 30 days for groceries, and every second Friday of the month for additional fresh produce. Hygiene, household, and clothing items are also provided. The Lawton Food Bank is open Monday through Thursday for client services, and Fridays for donations. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
323 SW C Ave., Lawton, OK 73501 Tel: 580-248-4675
Our Lawton Law Center and its Altus Satellite office provide direct legal services for low income and senior citizens on civil legal problems through judicial or administrative representation, legal counseling, advice, and community education.
We work to inspire hope and transform life for Parkinson’s patients and families in Oklahoma. Primarily, we accomplish our mission by providing dynamic support groups, education events, free family consultations, effective exercise therapy, speech therapy and research opportunities.
We are a social service agency that provides services at little or no cost to our community. For 50 years, we have specialized in the areas of individual and group counseling, prevention classes such as parenting and anger management, mentoring, domestic violence and sexual assault services, residential shelters for abused and neglected youth, as well as a multitude of school-based services. Our mission is to provide client-centered, ethical services to our community. Marie Detty is compassionate about providing quality resources to empower and stabilize children, youth, and families in crisis to help them thrive and improve their emotional health and well-being.
MIGHT Community Development and Resource Center (CDRC) is a faith-based, non-profit organization that collaborates with government agencies, churches, fellow partners, and other community agencies to address the needs of individuals who are near or below the poverty level. MIGHT CDRC also provides some financial support, as funds are available. Please note: There are requirements to qualify for financial assistance. The overall mission of MIGHT CDRC is for clients to become self-sufficient, with a new awareness of their skills and abilities.
The Salvation Army has served the Lawton community since 1904 with the love of God without discrimination. For those who are in crisis, transition, and facing hardships, The Salvation Army is often the place where help is found. Whether it is a food order, a safe night’s shelter or a meal in our soup kitchen, The Salvation Army is there to help. The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club provides area youth a safe environment in which to learn valuable life lessons, have fun and be mentored by trained caring adults. The youth involved in the Club engage in mentorship, education, sports and recreational activities. Area youth are also provided a week at The Salvation Army’s summer camp on a scholarship basis.
Many families struggle with food insecurity, income and other life issues that can have a lasting, negative effect on children. Data has shown many children lack the necessary motor, verbal, and cognitive skills needed for kindergarten. Success By 6 serves SW Oklahoma and engages citizens in building child- and family-friendly communities. Our Family Empowerment Program provides weekly educational sections via various community partners to help parents and caregivers prepare children for school and life readiness by age 6.
A peer- driven delinquency prevention program helps reduce juvenile crime through intervention in the lives of at-risk youth by providing a positive resolution for court-sentencing and facilitating behavior change through education for misdemeanor and civil offenses. Volunteers convene every Thursday evening at the Comanche County Courthouse to hear and sentence cases.
Our Big Pasture Health Center is the place to find the highest quality, affordable primary care health services. At Big Pasture, you can find the care you need for the entire family, including family medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, and behavioral health. We make care affordable by setting fees on a sliding fee scale based on income and number of people in the home, and we provide vouchers for migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Our goal is to make sure you receive the health care you need at a cost you can afford, delivered by a staff that truly cares about you and your family.