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Adams, Blackford, Jay County assistance programs.

Southern Adams County is served by Compassionate Ministries Network of Berne Indiana. Call (260) 589-8500. The non-profit may be able to offer assistance with paying utilities, rent, medications, and more. All financial aid paid out depends on money raised from the thrift store. Applicants need to live in the southern part of the county. Read more on, and find help from Compassionate Ministries Network.

The community action agency, Community and Family Services can offer information on financial assistance for paying bills and expenses. They also can offer free stuff, applications to grant money, and other support is available to clients in Adams, Blackford, and Jay County Indiana. Government administered funds (such as rent vouchers from section 8) can  help get the client situated and back on their feet.

  • Assistance offered to low income individuals can consist of vouchers for paying rent as part of section 8 (which has a long wait list), emergency utility assistance from LIHEAP, and deposit for utilities to get connected. Clients are only eligible to receive assistance one time per lifetime.
  • Some other programs include weatherization, low income energy assistance, WIC, and other support and resources. The center also administers Head Start for children from low income households. They also call refer people to Indiana HUD foreclosure counseling

Other financial aid and guidance is available from Community and Family Services. The objective of the Adams and Jay based agency is to help people gain stability, so job placement and credit repair are also stressed. The non-profit help struggling families in the region gain stability. They are a leading non-profit community action agency in the area. Dial the Jay, Adams, and Blackford County community action agency at (260) 726-9318, or learn more on assistance from Community and Family Services.

Adams County Salvation Army is an agency of people helping people. Get access to counseling and support with any financial need that people may need. The Salvation Army may help out with offering vouchers for various expenses and needs for up to $50 or $100 per client. Financial assistance is only one time per year and will depend on whether funds are available at the Salvation Army, as funding is limited

The Jay and Blackford area Salvation Army has many resources. There are free gasoline vouchers are given for medical transportation only. Or get free Thanksgiving or Christmas meals (or toys from Angel Tree) as well as winter clothes. There are also free food pantries, homeless shelters, and other social services. Call 765-348-2806 for details.

  • Salvation Army may be able to help people with meeting their needs. Assistance can be provided for paying rent, utility bills, mortgage payments, and medical expenses. Please keep in mind that the Salvation Army does not qualify a person based on their income but rather based on need. 704 Cleveland Street, Decatur, IN 46733, call (260) 724-3969.

Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church of Decatur (phone (260) 724-7183) offers free food to the needy and low income.




Decatur Housing Authority runs the Indiana section 8 housing voucher program. The program is for long term housing help, and does not provide emergency funds. Call (260) 724-7999

The local United Way partners with and funds several different charities, non-profits, and government programs. Call the Portland Indiana agency at (260) 726-7010. Those resources and services include:

  • Jay County Health Coalition - This particular program provides limited financial assistance for health related expenses and medical for local patients, including Jay County residents in need of help.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank - A food bank type organization that provides free groceries and food to any person or family who is needing food. The food is distributed at the Tailgate Food Giveaway once a month at a location in Jay County.
  • Salvation Army of Jay County - The local Salvation Army provides emergency assistance for bills, rent, and housing expenses, local welfare programs, homeless assistance and eviction prevention, disaster services, and alcohol/drug rehabilitation.

Adams County Consolidated Township Assistance can offer emergency assistance for basic needs including rent, shelter, utilities, some medical expenses (such as prescriptions, minimal doctor, dentist and optical) will also be available. All assistance will be short term in nature. 313 West Jefferson Street Room 128, Decatur, Indiana 46733, dial (260) 724-5334.

CANI, which is the local community action agency, will work with clients on self-sufficiency and stability. In addition to that, some short term relief for paying bills may occasionally be offered. When funding is available, qualified low income families from Adams and other counties may receive the following services or financial support.





Medical care may be offered from Hoosier Healthwise. Staff can help patients, including the uninsured apply. Prescription drugs, check ups, and more is available, along with referrals to clinics.

Help for paying bills, such as energy costs, security deposit, or back rent may be offered by the community action agency. This will always be limited and come with prescriptions. Some applicants may only be issued a loan for these expenses, or maybe a referral.

Other services may include help in applying for state of Indiana or federal government benefits such as SSDI disability or food stamps. Or learn about federal resources such as Head Start or job training. Read more on community action of NE Indiana.

By Jon McNamara














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