At Community Youth Services, we strive to provide refuge and healing for youth and families. We accomplish this by providing a safe place to live for homeless youth and providing counseling for any child at no cost to the child or family.
We are a 24-hour, temporary residential safe place for up to ten children from birth through 18 years of age who are in need of supervision or are at risk and need refuge due to neglect, abandonment, or abuse. Additionally, our agency provides outpatient mental health services and is one of the few Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) providers in Southern Oklahoma.
There are no fees for shelter residential services and most counseling services and programs. A nominal fee may be charged for some programs to help defray expenses. Once eligibility is determined, no one will be denied services for inability or refusal to pay.
The shelter and prevention offices are open 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Shelter and crisis intervention services are available 24 hours a day by calling 580-226-1838. Counseling services are available after hours by prior arrangement.
Featuring the Executive Director, Kaylyn Weldon-Gary and Shelter Director, Brandi Pierce
Videographer: K. Lornes Media
Assistant Shelter Director
Morgan Chapman, President | Chapman Ranch
Darcy Jordan, Vice President | Valero
Jessie Nance, Secretary | Quien Sabe Corporation
Billy Wallace, Treasurer | Shelter Insurance
Chris Bryant | Sheriff, Carter County
Jonathan Clubb | EcoLab
Melissa Handke | Asst. District Attorney
Jan Shores | Mercy Hospital Ardmore
Carol Lee Simms | Daube Foundation
Lauren Summers | RD Williams Co.