The Office of Human Concern provides programs that help with basic human needs such as heat, water, prescriptions, and food:
- Meals on Wheels — The Meals on Wheels Program is operated through each of our centers. We provide a hot meal, freshly prepared in our senior center kitchen Monday through Friday and have frozen meals available for weekends, holidays, and inclement weather days.
- Energy Assistance – The energy program operates seasonally and can provide assistance with an electric, gas, or propane bill. Under the crisis program, OHC can help with connecting, reconnecting, or preventing a disconnection.
- SUCCESS – Succeed at Understanding and Conquering Challenges to Establish Stability and Self-Reliance
- Water Utility Assistance – OHC provides assistance with water utility bills.
- Emergency Food and Shelter – The Emergency Food and Shelter Program is a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. Funds are available through OHC at different times throughout the year; please check with our office for current availability.
- Commodities Program – OHC authorizes and has commodity foods delivered to three food pantries located in Benton, Carroll and Madison counties. Each site serves 200+ families with the commodity food program, and with food donated by the community.
- People Helping People (PHP) of Carroll County – PHP is a prescription assistance program that assists individuals in Carroll County who are unable to get prescription assistance through other sources. PHP works closely with area pharmacies to help those meet the needs of the Carroll County Community.
- Special Nutrition Programs – OHC provides nutritional support for youth and children in after school and summer programs.
- Weatherization– The Weatherization Assistance Program helps low income households reduce their heating and cooling bills by providing full-scale home energy conservation services.
- Senior services
OHC also provides opportunities for seniors to congregate for meals, socialization, and exercise:
OHC has seven senior centers:
These centers serve up to 500 lunches each day. Four of our centers (Bentonville, Gravette, Berryville and Huntsville) have met the requirements for achieving the status of an Arkansas Senior Wellness Center. All seven of our Senior Centers have buses to bring seniors into the centers for social activities, lunch, and exercise programs. The buses will also take seniors to off-site activities, stores, pharmacies or other places they may need to go. OHC also delivers prepared meals to home bound seniors (Meals on Wheels). Each week, two meals are prepared and frozen for home bound seniors to have for the weekend, if needed.