Community Services Department

About Community Services

Community Services
Main Department Phone Number: (520) 562-9691
Fax Number: (520) 562-9695
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2137 Sacaton, Az 85147
Physical Address: 151 S. Bluebird Rd. Modular 5 Sacaton, Az


The responsibility of each District Service Center is to: serve as a liaison and provide direct service to District residents; administer the Community legislated programs in accordance with the approved tribal resolutions; verify the aspects of the applicant’s intake process.



The DISTRICT CENTERS provide an array of services to the Community with a staff who dedicate themselves to providing the quality service to the residents of the Community and the department/programs with whom we collaborate.  The District strives to support its residents with programs, activities/events and assistance which will improve their health, safety and well-being.  Please find below a summary of these programs:

$1·       District Assistance Programs:  approved by Tribal legislation, provided for support to enrolled members residing within their respective districts for the following:

Home Energy Assistance Programs (HEAP):  Monthly utility assistance and repair/replacement of heating and cooling systems, based on income eligibility.

Burial Assistance:  Financial benefit of $500.00 to aid families in the passing of loved ones.  No income eligibility.

Elderly/Disabled Quality of Life Program (EDQLP): Aid to elderly and disabled Community member/residents with basic living necessities.

Temporary Emergency Relief Program (TERP):  Assistance to families who experience an unexpected illness, injury, natural, technological or human-caused event.  Applicants must have a qualifying event, which creates an economic hardship.

 Emergency Minor Home Repair:   Allows for assistance to households who are in need of an emergency repair.  Material/equipment purchases cannot exceed $100.00.

$1·       Elderly Programs:  Serves residence 55 years of age or older through a senior lunch program, recreation and health activities.  The Elders also congregate and participate in the community service projects throughout the year.

$1·       Recreation Programs:  Recreation offers opportunities for residents to participate in an array of activities from ticketed events, monthly activities, events for the holidays and seasons.  The majority of events are open to all ages.

$1·       Special Projects:  The staff for this division is available to assess and repair damages for electrical, plumbing, carpentry and heating/cooling issues.  Heavy equipment is also a component of Special Projects.

The NUTRITIONAL SERVICES PROGRAM works to safeguard the health of community members who are potentially at nutrition risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care and other agencies.

Programs under the umbrella of nutrition assistance includes Women, Infant & Children Program (WIC), Breastfeeding peer counseling program, Food Distribution Program (COMMODITY FOOD) Emergency food box/temporary emergency food assistance program and First Things First Emergency Food.

The ELDERLY SERVICES PROGRAM of the Community Services Department assists and enhances the Community’s Elder’s quality of life objectively by addressing their needs through collaboration with other service agencies in and outside of the Community.  The Elderly Services Program continues to take the lead in this unified effort to assess and assist in updating existing policies, services, health and safety codes that are currently outdated and do not meet the needs of the Elders.  The program is comprised of the Elderly Nutrition and Services, Caregiver, Homemaker and Respite Care Programs.  The Elderly Services Program also provides programmatic support to the Council of Elders and Elderly Concerns Elder Groups.  In general, the Elderly Services Program serves the GRIC population of 55 and over and Handicapped/Disabled over the age of 18.

The TRIBAL RECREATION AND WELLNESS PROGRAM works to increase the number of people who engage in physical activity.  The goals of the program are to increase the availability, support and experience in physical activity and recreational programs to enhance the health of community members.  The target population area for this program is Youth, adult/employees and Elders.  Services are provided: Sports Leagues for all ages, collaboration with local and off reservation programs/agencies.  This program also serves to support the district recreation programs, including training and guidance.  This program collaborates with other health agencies/programs.  This program also provides sponsorships for local teams and nonprofit organizations.

The IRA H. HAYES MEMORIAL LIBRARY is located in Sacaton, District 3 at 94 N. Church Street.  The Ira Hayes Library offers a library collection on educational and recreational reading material for Adults, Teens, and Young Children.  The library also offers computer terminal for patrons with internet.  Additional services at minimal cost include; computer printing services, photocopying, faxing, scanning and document transfer to CD’s.

The DIALYSIS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM was established in 1988 by Tribal Council Resolution GR-34-88.  The purpose is to promote and protect the health, education and general welfare of the enrolled Tribal members who are receiving Dialysis treatment and who have received a kidney transplant.  This program is supplemental to the existing district assistance program and members are directed to seek other assistance from the Community assistance programs and health insurance programs before any assistance is provided.

The LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM was created by Congress to help our nation’s low income households, including families with children and seniors, with their home energy needs such as heating in the winter, cooling their homes in the summer.  This critical program provides federal funding to help customers who struggle with home heating and cooling bills during times of extreme weather. LIHEAP is a block grant program under which the federal government gives states and Tribes annual grants to operate home energy assistance programs for low-income households.  Every year, Congress appropriates funds for LIHEAP.  This program is coordinated by the CSD Office.

The HOME REPAIR PROGRAM provides funding to homeowners whose existing homes are substandard or otherwise out of compliance with the Community Construction Code, as verified in writing by the Department of Building Safety of through the district assessment.  Housing that is rehabilitated with HRP funds must meet all applicable GRIC community codes, rehabilitation standards, the home site ordinance, the community subdivision and zoning ordinance and other GRIC Community Ordinances and laws.  The District may request a written Needs Assessment from Building Safety or an Environmental Assessment from Environmental Health.  The District will obtain the quotes for the cost of the repair. This program is coordinated by the CSD Office.

About District 3 Service Center

District Three Service Center provides an array of services to the Community with a staff of thirty-eight (38) individuals, who dedicate themselves to providing the best quality service to the majority of the 4,268 residents of Sacaton and the departments/programs with whom we collaborate.
The District strives to support its residents with programs, activities/events and assistance which will improve their health, safety and well-being. Such programs are: Elderly and Recreation Programs, Home repair for emergencies and renovations, as well as aid to residents through the District Assistance Programs. The District Assistance Programs provide help to residents who are income eligible for Home energy costs, repair and acquisition for heating/cooling systems, Emergency Assistance, Elderly and Disabled needs, and Burial assistance is also available through the District Three Service Center, it is not income based and is open to any enrolled Community Member, regardless of where they reside.
Please contact District Three Service Center to learn more about the programs available and eligibility.

Main Department Phone Number: (520) 562-3334
Fax Number: (520) 562-3435
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 546 Sacaton, Az 85147
Physical Address: 31 North Church Street. Sacaton, Az

About District 6 Service Center

District six Service Center is located on the west side of Gila River Indian Community between South Mountain to the north, Estrella Mountain to the south west, west of I-10 freeway and boundaries the north of Maricopa Town. At the foot of Estrella is the Santa Cruz Village; in the middle of the district is Lone Butte Village; to the far west of the district is Co-Op Village; and in the middle of all the villages is Komatke Village (includes St. John's, Gila Crossing, New Subdivision, Squaberry Subdivision). The District Six Service Center is housed in 3 stand-alone buildings located in Komatke, Arizona. Our business hours are Monday through Friday from 8-5PM. However, the center conducts many services before and after business hours as well as Saturdays and Sundays, in addition the service center responds to emergencies at all times of the day or night.

Mission Statement: To ensure our community members are provided with quality and efficient services and to deliver the essential human services with the utmost importance for the betterment and welfare of the community.

The district ensures effective, efficient allocation of budgeted community service resources to enable the District Six Community Services to provide quality services to all our Community members. To receive the essential services and be able to develop, communicate and forecast for the Community and its future. To also provide and assist agencies to development and measure services that will enhance performance and mission through effective strategic planning.
• Goal #1: Provide efficient and effective services.
• Goal #2: Manage the budget accordingly and efficiently in order to receive essential services for the Community.
• Goal #3: Continue to gather DATA to ensure and manage performance measures within and fo the Community.
• Goal #4: to provide educational resources for the Community via the computer lab resource center.
• Goal #5: Provide more recreational activities/sports, teams and bring together the community by supplying the resources through the Elderly/Community recreational departments.

Main Department Phone Number: (520) 550-3805
Fax Number: (520) 550-2900
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 54 Laveen, Az 85339
Physical Address: 5230 W. St. Johns Rd. Laveen

About District 5 Service Center

On behalf of the Gila River Indian Community, the District Five Service Center provides recreational activities/events, home repair assistance, agricultural supports and financial assistance to local residents. The District also responds in crisis situations. In these situations, staff members assess the immediate needs of residents and make whatever referrals are appropriate.

The financial assistance that is provided to members residing within the District boundaries is managed through tribally funded programs such as the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), the elderly and Disabled Quality of Life Program (EDQLP) and the Temporary Emergency Relief Program (TERP).
District Five also has a fully equipped Elderly Center which is the gathering place for District Five elders and includes congregate/home delivered meal programs and recreational/social activities.

Main Department Phone Number: (520) 315-3441
Fax Number: (520) 315-1819
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 10837 Bapchule 85121
Physical Address: 3456 W. Casa Blanca Rd.

About District 4 Service Center

The Distrct Four Service Center serves District Four Community Members of nine district villages which are: Olberg, Upper Santan, Lower Santan, Chandler Heights, Stotonic, Gila Butte, Goodyear, Snaketown and Aerodyne. District Four is approximately 119 square miles and is primarily known for its agricultural, industrial growth and has a population of approximately 2,253. The majority of Gila River Indian Community Enterprises are located in District four and collectively recognized as the economic foundation for the Community. The District strives to support its residents with programs, activities/events and assistance which will improve their health, safety and well-being.

Main Department Phone Number: (520) 418-3661
Fax Number: (520) 418-3665
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 557 Sacaton, Az 85147
Physical Address: 1510 West Sesame Street

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