Great Plains Improvement Foundation celebrates success with comm - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Great Plains Improvement Foundation celebrates success with community at Open House

(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)
(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)
(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)

LAWTON, Ok (RNN Texoma) - Since 1976, the Great Plains Improvement Foundation has been serving the people of Comanche County. With May being National Community Action month, the agency celebrated its success with people in the community at an open house.

They wanted to showcase the programs and services they offer and today people got the perfect opportunity to do just that. The state-funded organization provides everything from child services, to food and nutrition, and affordable housing.

Workers were there to provide information to first time users and those who have already benefited from their services.

Helping people and changing lives is the goal at Great Plains Improvement Foundation. In the past year they've provided services to over 800 families in Comanche County.

"You'd be surprised about the help that you can get and its FREE, and you can't beat that," Ferguson.

Through the RX Program, over 100 people received help with their prescriptions.William Ferguson is one of them.

"If I had to pay for Levemir it would be over $900 dollars per box and since I use assistance I only pay $23 dollars a month," Ferguson said.

The program allows people to get their medicine at a low cost or for free if they qualify. Paula Spencer is using the services for the first time and doesn't pay a penny out of pocket.

 "I'm blessed it's just wonderful. It's just grateful to the help and the way they help the community and everything," Spencer said.

But the help doesn't stop there, Community Action has provided affordable housing for over 170 people and prepared over 600 tax returns.The agency has also been a big help to Carol Ann Lindsey and her family for years.

"I brought them here and all of my children got help with their food stamps and back then having $15 dollars worth of food stamps was like a million because of the way things were. But my kids got help and we got help with some of our health care," Lindsey said."

There were also over 6000 child support cases that received court appointed payments all because of GPIF, totaling close to 20 million dollars.

"We know that without child support we have a significant number of families who are living below the poverty line so child support helps families achieve a better life and living circumstances," Spurgeon said.

They also monitor day care homes for children to receive nutritious meal and operate the C. Carter Crane Shelter for the Homeless.

Through their weatherization program residents can make their homes more energy efficient and reduce power bills. If you're interested in learning about any of their programs you can find more information on their Facebook page. Or call 580-353-2364. You can also stop by their office from 8 to 5 during the week.

Copyright 2018 KSWO. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Bill rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations goes to Trump

    Bill rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations goes to Trump

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:43 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:43:22 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 6:43 AM EDT2018-05-23 10:43:33 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - This March 6, 2018, file photo shows the Capitol in Washington. Several Democrats facing tough re-elections this fall are joining solid Republican backing of an effort to alter some key aspects of the Dodd-F...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - This March 6, 2018, file photo shows the Capitol in Washington. Several Democrats facing tough re-elections this fall are joining solid Republican backing of an effort to alter some key aspects of the Dodd-F...

    Trump is one step from checking off another campaign promise, an overhaul of the landmark Dodd-Frank bill that grew out of the 2008 financial collapse.

    Trump is one step from checking off another campaign promise, an overhaul of the landmark Dodd-Frank bill that grew out of the 2008 financial collapse.

  • US, South Korea work to keep North Korea summit on track

    US, South Korea work to keep North Korea summit on track

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:44 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:44:27 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 6:43 AM EDT2018-05-23 10:43:19 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Washington.

    The June 12 summit, planned for Singapore, offers a historic chance for peace on the peninsula - but also the risk of an epic diplomatic failure that would allow the North to revive and advance its nuclear weapons program.

    The June 12 summit, planned for Singapore, offers a historic chance for peace on the peninsula - but also the risk of an epic diplomatic failure that would allow the North to revive and advance its nuclear weapons program.

  • Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:03 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:03:23 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 6:35 AM EDT2018-05-23 10:35:10 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Roth, prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, religion and mortal...(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Roth, prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, religion and mortal...

    Author of more than 25 books,  Philip Roth won virtually every literary honor, including the Pulitzer Prize for "American Pastoral."

    Author of more than 25 books,  Philip Roth won virtually every literary honor, including the Pulitzer Prize for "American Pastoral."

Powered by Frankly