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Government Shutdown: Resources for Federal Employees

Many federal workers are affected by the shutdown of the federal government that went into effect on December 22, 2018. This page is a resource dedicated to helping those federal employees. Some assistance is specific for Wichita tribal members, while other types of assistance is available for all within the Wichita service area. Some of these services may still be applicable for those returning to federal jobs.


Emergency Assistance for Furloughed/Non-Pay Status Federal Employees

Effective Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, the Wichita Tribal Funded Social Services program will accept applications from enrolled Wichita tribal members who are current federal employees and are in either furloughed or non-pay work status due to the federal government shutdown.

The one-time assistance is for $500 with the intent that the assistance will be applied toward rent or house payment, utilities, gas and/or groceries to assist the tribal member and their family during the government shutdown while many are still having to work and not be paid for their service to the federal government.

Eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Completed application
  • Completed W-9 form from the enrolled tribal member applying for the assistance
  • Copy of CDIB showing proof of Wichita tribal enrollment
  • Federal earnings and leave statement dated January 11, 2019 or later  
  • Federal furlough letter and/or proof of non-pay work status


It is the applicant's responsibility to provide the required documents.  Income guidelines are waived for those applying for the government shutdown assistance.  Processing may take up to five days, but we will do our best to get them processed within two days since we understand many will not be receiving anything on their paychecks beginning January 11, 2019.

No applications will be given out until Monday, January 14, 2019. 

For more information or to receive an application, call 405-247-2425 ext. 120.

Emergency Shelters

Below is a list of emergency shelters. Some of the shelters are for those who are homeless, while other shelters are specifically for domestic and family violence.Emergency Shelters

Southwest Oklahoma Food Banks & Pantries


Fletcher Food Pantry

423 W. Cole

Fletcher, OK 73541

Open: 6:00-7:00 p.m. on the first & third Wednesday of the month.

Phone: 580-678-0913 or email hammonds.penny@gmail.com


Lawton Food Bank

1819 S.W. Sheridan Road

Lawton, OK

Open: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday & Friday; Noon-5:30 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday

Phone Number: 580-353-7994

Documents Needed: Picture ID of Head of Household; ID proof of other household members (shot records, birth certificate, school photo ID, etc.); utility bill or lease


Minco First Assembly of God

309 W. Caddo St.

Minco, OK 73059

Open: 10:00 a.m.-Noon Second & Fourth Saturday of the Month or by Appointment

Contact Number: 405-352-4905. Emergency Appointment Number: 405-550-7583

Email: judyskitchen1@hotmail.com


Ministerial Alliance of Apache

120 S. Forrest St.

Apache, OK 73006

Open: 9:00 a.m.-Noon Second & Fourth Thursday of the Month

Contact Phone: 580-588-2426

Email: Pdg92@hotmail.com


Saint Vincent de Paul Society

(Holy Name Catholic Church of Lawton)

Leave message 7 a.m.-10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 580-536-8729


Salvation Army of Lawton

1306 S.W. E Ave.

Lawton, OK

Food Pantry Hours: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday

Shelter Hours: Supper served at 6 p.m.; check-in 7:15-7:30 p.m. seven days a week. Picture ID and ability to pass a drug test required.

Phone Number: 580-355-1802


Southern Oaks Church of Christ

3320 S. 16th St.

Chickasha, OK


Hours: 9:00 a.m.-Noon Thursdays


  • Assistance through the Wichita Food Distribution Program will be available for furloughed federal employees affected by the government shutdown beginning January 21, 2019. Requirements include Native American families (Wichita or a member of another federally-recognized tribe). Please call the Food Distribution Program at 405-247-9677 for service area, required CDIB and income guideline verification.


  • Health Services will provide rides to medical appointments for federal workers affected by the shutdown. Requirements include any member of a federally recognized tribe within the Wichita service area. Transport days are Monday-Thursdsay. Scheduling three days in advance is required. Call 405-247-8658 for ride arrangements and more information.


  • Breakfast and lunch is available for free at the AOA Building for those who are 55 and older. Meals are $5.00  each for those who are under 55.


  • Emergency one-time assistance (from October 1, 2018-September 30, 2019) for Wichita tribal members is available through the Tribal Funded  Social Services Program. Assistance amounts include $300 for those under 55, and $600 for those 55 and older. Contact TFSS at 405-247-2425 ext. 120 for guidelines.


  • A list of additional area resources is available by calling Heartline at 211.


  • Infant Crisis Services helps families with children ages 0-4. Up to five visits can be made. It is located at 4224 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City. Call 405-528-3663.


*If you or someone you know is a federal employee affected by the shutdown, please email brian.daffron@wichitatribe.com for additional resource help. Please provide name, contact information and federal place of employment. All information is strictly confidential.