Southwest Arkansas Development Council
Southwest Arkansas Development Council, Inc., (SWADC) is a non-profit Community Action Agency (CAA). Our mission is to help alleviate poverty and create empowerment opportunities that improve the lives and living conditions of low-income individuals and their families, thereby strengthening their communities using our services, programs and partnerships. Our new executive management and Board of Directors have a five-year plan to enhance current services and add new services to help break the cycle of poverty.
SWADC opened in 1969 (46 years) under President Johnson’s 1964 Economic Opportunity Act (EOA). We operate in the rural and poor twelve counties in Southwest Arkansas. We are headquartered in bi-state Texarkana, Arkansas that is the major metro area for our counties. We are proud to serve these 12 counties: Miller, Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Nevada, Sevier, Ouachita, Dallas, Columbia, Union and Calhoun.
SWADC offers these services and programs:
Case Managers: Trained professionals help you like social workers. They help guide you to the services you need and help work with you to qualify for their many programs like educational/job training scholarships, resume writing/job search and interviewing, home budgeting, home energy evaluations, etc.
Senior Centers: Our 17 Centers provide daily hot nutritional meals, activities (Bingo) and events with transportation to/from the Center and events. We also prepare/deliver meals to seniors that are homebound. We also help take applications and distribute food assistance, as well as help with applications to help those qualify for utility bill pay assistance.
Home Health Personal Care Services: Our RN's evaluate you and develop a Treatment Plan with your Doctor, and then our Personal Care Aides come help you live better and longer in your home. Personal Care Aides provide bathing/grooming/dressing/toileting, prepare/cook meals, light house cleaning, shopping, laundry, etc. We also work with Skill Care Agencies and have several payment options.
Transportation for Non-Emergency Medicaid Patients (NEMT) and Senior Center Clients: Our fleet of passenger and handicap vans prick up Medicaid patient’s to/from Doctor, medical treatments, and pharmacy. Our Senior Centers also provide transportation to/from home, to events, etc. We provide more than 60,000 trips a year.
HIPPY (Home Instruction of Parents with Preschool Youngsters): In-home parent and child education for 3 and 4 year olds with a 30 week curriculum. Our certified child care professionals do prescreening evaluations and teach the weekly lesson plans. Research shows this program helps children do better in school, especially in reading and math.
Food Assistance (Arkansas Commodities Program): Distributing packaged and canned goods to more than 10,000 households over the years.
Home Utility Assistance; LIHEAP = Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program: Helping those qualified to pay utility bills in the summer and winter.
Across America, the Community Action Agency (CAA) network of over 1,200 is funded by federal government dollars. While the government funding goes directly to the state governments, they are required to forward 90 percent of the funds they receive to the local agencies and organizations so that the assistance programs can be funded. The Department of Human Services, Medicaid, Area Agency On Aging, etc. fund our many services and programs.
All together, CAAs serve almost 15 million low to moderate income people yearly in 96 percent of the nation's counties, and they provide various services as needed by their counties.
Please call us toll free at 1 (800) 814-2103 or 870-773-5504/5505, Fax 870-772-2783, or visit us at our Agency Office 3902 Sanderson Lane, Texarkana, AR 71854.