Providing crisis assistance and services to our most vulnerable populations in Ellis County.

Services include:

  • Emergency financial assistance for basic needs: housing, utilities
  • Financial guidance and budgeting
  • Resources & Referrals
  • Backpacks for Kids
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Basic hygiene when available
  • Monthly Diaper Stash

703 West 2nd Street  

Oakley, KS 67748


The Kansas Guardianship Program is a partnership involving the State of Kansas and citizen volunteers. The KGP recruits citizen volunteers willing to be appointed as guardian or conservator to advocate for and protect the rights of vulnerable, at-risk individuals. The program seeks and trains individuals interested in volunteering for this important advocacy work. To learn more about the program, visit or call 1-800-672-0086.

     Due to Covid-19, we have restructured our Information Day to be a Virtual Senior Fair. The following agencies have provided information on the services they offer. Look over the information and contact any agency below if you are interested in the service(s) they provide or have any questions. 

     To add some fun to our Fair, we have included a word puzzle. If you can solve the puzzle, your name will be entered into a drawing for a gift card. Find 6 extra photos on this page. The 1st letters of the item, person or action in the photos should combine to spell the word HEALTH! For example: You find photos of a cat, an apple and a rug. The first letters of these words spell CAR. In this puzzle, find 6 photos, use the 1st letter of the item, person or action to spell the word HEALTH. After you have identified the 6 photos, call or email our office, give us the names of the 6 items and you are in the drawing! Hint: the photos (letters) are not in order!  Enjoy our Virtual Senior Fair!

First Call for Help

607 E 13th St

Hays, KS 67601


The Alzheimer's Association is the premier source of information and support for individuals, family members and care partners living with dementia in our service area. Our chapter offers a broad range of programs and services, including a 24-hour Helpline (800.272.3900), at no cost to families. We fund advancements in research to prevent, treat and ultimately conquer this disease and, with our volunteers, raise awareness of, and advocate for, the needs and rights of people with dementia.  

ATK connects people with disabilities and health conditions of all ages with the assistive technology they need to learn, work, play and participate in community life safely and independently.

​WORK (Work Opportunities Reward Kansans)

  • WORK is part of Kansas Working Healthy
  • WORK is available for people who want to be in Working Healthy and need personal assistance services to live and work in their community
  • WORK services and supports that may help you work include: personal services, assistive services and working with an Independent Living Counselor​

High Plains Mental Health Center is the comprehensive community mental health center for Northwest Kansas. We

serve 20 Northwest Kansas counties with six full-time offices

and 15 community outreach offices. Services include emergency services; outpatient services; individual, family and group therapy; medication assessment and management; substance use treatment and community support services. A sliding fee scale is available; call us at (785) 628-2871 to learn more.

​​If you live in Northwest Kansas, We’re Here for You!

Central and Western Kansas Chapter

Donations of supplies, food and financial contributions are

most welcome!
First Step Housing Building Campaign is underway. Help us build our transitional housing unity by making your contribution today.

Kansas Legal Services is a statewide non-profit corporation, devoted to helping low-income Kansans meet their basic needs through the provision of important legal services. This includes but is not limited to assisting with power of attorney documents and wills, family law, housing issues, and bankruptcies. If you need legal assistance or advice please do not hesitate to contact us at 785-625-4514.

​​​​Helping seniors remain independent in the 18 counties of northwest Kansas

510 W 29th St., PO Box 610 Hays, KS 67601 | call/text: 785-628-8204 | 800-432-7422 | fax: 785-628-6096 |

Copyright 2013. NWKAAA. All rights reserved.


NorthWest Kansas Area Agency on Aging 

Working Healthy Fast Facts

  • Affordable Health Insurance for employees with disabilities
  • Recipients can earn more and save more and keep Working Healthy
  • Residents of KS who are between 16 and 64 and determined disabled
  • Benefits Planning - learn how employment may affect your benefits

National Number: 1-800-772-1213

Hays Office: 1-888-552-7176


What can you do online?

The Hays Public Library provides a variety of resources and services for patrons of all ages. Access computers and printers with a staff that is happy to assist you. Books, audio books, movies and music are available for check out at the library or online. Research local history, state history, or genealogy in the Kansas Room. Many of these library resources now are also mobile with the bookmobile visiting different locations each weekday. For more information about the library go to or call 785-625-9014.

During the current coronavirus pandemic, we continue to provide help to you and other people in your communities.  While our offices are not providing service to walk-in visitors due to COVID-19, we remain ready and able to help you by phone with most Social Security business.  You can speak with a representative by calling your local Social Security office or our National 800 Number.  You can find local office phone numbers online by using our Social Security Office Locator.  Information is also available at our website.

The CKLS Talking Book Service provides books and magazines in braille and recorded format and playback equipment to any Kansas citizen unable to use standard print materials because of a visual or physical impairment.

Click on the image below for more information!