When the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) was created in 1936, our parents, grandparents and neighbors were reeling from the effects of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. The topsoil from millions of acres in the drought-stricken Panhandle blew east, destroying farms, homes and lives. Low cotton prices and little work forced many sharecropper and tenant farmers in the southern and eastern portions of the state to migrate west. As we always do during times of adversity, OKDHS employees -- people just like you -- pulled together to help individuals and families in need.
The "black blizzards" have long since ended, and Oklahoma enters its second century a visionary, creative and industrious people. We are tenacious and resolute, traits we have exemplified again and again. We see what needs to be done, and we do it. In cities and towns across our state, nobody exemplifies that spirit more than the people who are OKDHS -- We are Oklahoma.
You can be a part of that legacy. Though our agency has evolved over the past 7 decades, we believe that there are constants that remain firm as we grow and adapt to changing circumstances. Safety, respect, family, relationships and excellence are fundamental elements that have defined us from the start, and upon which we continue to build.