Office of Human Concern
Programs & Services
The Office of Human Concern (OHC) is a Community Action Agency in Rogers Arkansas is working with the elderly, disabled, families and indaviduals in need. Some services offered are short-term solutions for those needs and some are solutions to long-term issues in the family or individuals.
Short-term Solutions include:
Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) - This program operates from January to September each year and provides a one-time payment on a utility bill for an eligible family each year. If the family is threatened with a shut-off notice, OHC can provide payment to the utility to restore utility service during the program time frame.
Commodities Program - OHC partners with three pantries located in Benton, Carroll and Madison county to deliver USDA commodities to people in need. Each Pantry serves 200+ families with the commodities along with other food donated by the community.
Roger's Water and Gravette Water Assistance Program. OHC partners with Rogers Water and Gravett e Water to administer the Water Assistance Program for residence of Rogers and Gravette..
Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) - OHC oversees three county committees that award up to $60,000 each year to community groups and faith based organizations that in turn often match the money with local donations.
Long Term Solutions include:
Seniors Congregate Meals/Socialization/Exercise - OHC has seven Senior centers in Berryville, Huntsville, Bentonville, Gravette, Siloam Springs, Gentry and Lowell. These centers will serve up to 500 lunches each day. Buses go out from the centers to pick up the elderly (Age 60+) bring them in for social time, food and exercise. The buses will also take their riders to stores and pharmacies or other places they may need to go. For shut-ins, OHC delivers prepared meals to the homes. Each week two meals are prepared and frozen for the shut-ins to have for two meals for the weekend.
Weatherization program (WX) - Weatherization includes caulking, sealing, insulation, storm windows and/or replacement windows (dual pane), exterior doors, etc. Funds for the program for FY 2012 have been expended. There will be a new service provider beginning July 2013 and OHC will turn current applications over to the new service provider.
Community Partnerships - OHC has 90+ partners (the number keeps growing) in the three counties it serves that leverage staff and resources with OHC to serve families in need.
There are many other efforts that OHC sponsors and/or oversees that can't be mentioned in this short overview. OHC receives Community Service Block Grant from the federal government to assist in managing the programs and in developing community programs.