The rural area where Cookson Hills Center is located was a farming community consisting of impoverished Cherokee people. The Illinois River ran through the community and the people fished and farmed. The roads were dirt and buckboards were the means of transportation. There was no health care or emergency care nearby. In 1948 the women of the Northeast Conference wrote a proposal to put a small clinic in this community and assigned two nurses to be here. They were given a car so that emergencies could be transported to town 18 miles away.
Since its inception, the Cookson Hills Center has been meeting the needs of the people of this tri-county area ever since. We address emerging needs and we have grown with the community. This tri-county area hosts three of the four poorest counties in the State of Oklahoma. Oklahoma is one of the three poorest states in the nation, #1 in domestic violence; #1 in hunger; #7 in meth production; #45 in education.
Major accomplishments include the introduction of several cottage industries to create employment, ministries in substance abuse, the addition of the day care, the continued assistance to seniors and children, youth programs, thrift store, food pantry, craft co-op, home repair, counseling, emergency assistance for housing, and special programs.
Mission Statement / Statement of Purpose
Cookson Hills Center United Methodist Mission was founded by the United Methodist Women of the Northeast Conference in response to the health care needs generated by the region’s remote location. It has since grown into an efficient and effective ministry to meet the needs of low-income people in the areas of poverty, education, health and spirituality. Cookson Hills Center United Methodist Mission seeks to address the region’s unique problems relating to transportation, availability of social services, and access to basic utilities.