106 W. 4th Street
PO Box 125
Appleton City, Missouri 64724
Web page: www.wcmcaa.org
West Central Missouri Community Action Agency (WCMCAA) is dedicated to empowering people to make a positive change by coordinating and administering resources. WCMCAA strives to be the voice in our community and our governments for those most in need.
The Community Services Unit has the responsibility for operating 11 County Outreach Offices in nine counties. The offices are an established part of the local community where local resources can be identified and easily mobilized. Programs and/or services that are made available through the County Offices are:
Family Intake/ Assessment/ Referral
This process is a joint effort of staff and client to determine the client’s strengths, weaknesses, and needs. Referrals are then made to the appropriate agency service or an existing community service to address the client’s situation. All agency programs are available through this assessment and application process.
Programs such as Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Energy Aid, Dollar More, Emergency Shelter Grant Program, Emergency Food and Shelter Program assist families in paying for utility costs such as electricity, propane, natural gas, wood and fuel oil.
Specialists work one-on-one with families in setting goals, counseling, technical assistance and referral to any services needed to achieve their goals towards self-sufficiency.
In some cases, county offices have available to them emergency funds from WCMCAA private donations and other outside agencies to help families with emergencies that are not available through any other program or agency. Such as: medical costs, transportation costs, clothing, shoes, glasses repairs, etc.
Early Childhood Education
Under the direction of the Early Childhood Education Unit, the Head Start and Early Head Start programs serve over 500 children ages 0 to 5 years of age. These programs are operated through 13 center locations, 1 partner collaboration and 2 Home Based programs. Most locations offer a part day preschool program. Full-day, full-year services are provided in some locations for parents who are working or in school. These services are provided in licensed facilities operated by the Early Childhood Education Unit or through partnerships with licensed child care centers. Our staff ensure the delivery of quality early childhood education, development, and health services, while engaging in the ongoing process of collaborative family and community partnerships.
Employment & Training
The Employment and Training Unit provides avenues, support, education and training to individuals and/or families to enable them to gain employment, maintain employment and become self- sufficient. Through the Workforce Investment Act, services of Core, Intensive and Training are offered to low income adults, dislocated workers and disadvantaged youth. These services may include completing resumes, matching skills to area job openings, career exploration, skill assessment, workshops on job seeking skills, employer job openings information, paying tuition or paying for a training wage and various other activities. Additional services are provided through Career Assistance Program such as job or volunteer placement. The Workforce Investment Act funding sources are the Full Employment Council, Inc. and the Workforce Development Board of Western Missouri, Inc.
The Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program (LIWAP) is the US Department of Energy’s core program for reducing energy costs in the winter and summer for low-income families through increased home energy efficiency, while simultaneously ensuring their health and safety. Weatherization auditors use a computerized energy audit to determine which energy efficiency measures are most appropriate and cost effective for each home. Weatherization funds are also available from several local utility companies for their customers. Home repair and rehabilitation program funds are utilized on a limited number of houses. Energy audits are offered for all Rural Electric Cooperative customers. Contact your Cooperative for details.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program begins October 1st for any household with a member who is elderly (60 & over) or disabled, and November 1st for all other income eligible households. If you received energy assistance last year, you will receive an application with instructions in the mail. Make sure you have the followed items to avoid processing delays:
Return all applications and required information to: West Central Missouri Community Action Agency, 1801 N. Osage Nevada, MO. If you have any questions, please call 417-667-5741.
In-Home Services enables seniors and disabled persons to remain independent in their homes. Each month In-Home Services provides care and attention to approximately 600 individuals enabling them to remain in their homes. These individuals, without the help of our aides, would require nursing home care. We Offer:
Worry less about your loved ones while you are away from them. This service offers companionship and assistance to a client as a temporary relief to a primary caretaker. Caretakers can finally do the things they want and need to do with the assurance that a qualified homemaker aide will be with their loved one.
General housekeeping chores to maintain a safe and livable home. These services include, dusting, sweeping and vacuuming, laundry, changing and making the bed, running errands, cooking meal, food prep, and cleaning the kitchen.
Personal Care Services
Assist client with personal hygiene and dietary needs. This includes bathing, dressing, grooming, cooking a meal, and food prep.
Advanced Personal Care
Assist client with devices and procedures related to altered body functions in activities of daily living. Services include ostomy care, catheter care, application of prescribed creams, and assistance with medications.
Skilled nursing services to assist with medication setups, diabetic nail care, and to monitor vital signs and overall physical health.
Women’s Health Services
Provides confidential reproductive health screenings to all women, regardless of ability of pay. Services provided include routine pap smears, clinical breast exams, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, pregnancy test and referrals, contraceptives including IUDS. Clinics are held at two permanent locations; Appleton City and Belton. Mobile clinics are held monthly in Butler, Clinton, Harrisonville, Nevada and Warsaw.
Over 3,000 lives in nearly 1700 households are touched by the Comprehensive Housing Programs operated by the Housing Unit every day.
Housing Choice Voucher Program
Nearly 1,300 households are provided the opportunity to live in a decent, safe and sanitary housing of their choice by receiving Housing Choice Voucher subsidies through this program in eight rural Counties as well as the metro County of Cass and the City of Grandview, Missouri.
Family Self-Sufficiency and Home Ownership Programs
These programs are offered in conjunction with the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Over 150 families are participating in the Family Self- Sufficiency Program and many have graduated and become self-sufficient. A number of families have been able to become home owners by taking advantage of the Home Ownership Program, which helps the families pay their mortgage rather than rent.
The Agency has developed and manages 399 units of multifamily housing in eleven properties in Cass County, Jackson County, Henry County and several other rural counties. Over 80% of the units are senior housing and 12 are for people with special needs. West Central is also a partner in three other multifamily developments with a total 72 units.
WCMCAA is a HUD approved Housing Counseling Agency. Through this program Counseling services are provided in the following areas: pre and post-rental, pre-purchase, post-purchase, mortgage default, spending plan and budgeting, foreclosure prevention, credit counseling, one-on-one or group counseling.
Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the President and Chief Executive Officer is responsible for hiring and assigning staff to conduct the daily operations of the agency. The President and Chief Executive Officer oversees the Administrative Unit which includes the Chief Operating Officer, the Finance Unit, the Human Resources Unit, the Development and Communications Director and the Information Technology Director.
West Central Missouri Community Action Agency was incorporated in July of 1965 and designated by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 as a Community Action Agency.
West Central Missouri Community Action Agency’s service area includes Bates, Benton, Cass, Cedar, Henry, Hickory, Morgan, St. Clair and Vernon counties. In recent years, limited services have been provided in Barton, Camden, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis and Saline counties.
Agency Outreach Offices (These offices can put you in contact with other services)
5 E. Dakota, Butler 64730 … 660-679-4108
110 Tower Drive, Suite A, Warsaw 65355 … 660-438-5158
109 Congress, Belton 64012 … 816-322-0502
200 N. Oakland, Harrisonville 64701 … 816- 380-5375
121 West Spring Street, El Dorado Springs 65785 … 417-667-5741
1701 N. 2nd St. Suite 19, Clinton 64735 … 660885-5508
240 N. Main, Wheatland 65779 … 417-282-5936
100 S. Burke, Versailles 65084 … 573- 378-4432
St. Clair County
106 W. 4th, Appleton City 64724 … 660-476-2185
1801 N. Osage, Nevada 64772 … 417-667-5741