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Auglaize County assistance programs.

People who live Wapakoneta or Auglaize County and who need a little bit of help paying a utility bill, rent or need some extra money to pay for a prescription medication have a place to turn to for assistance. The Helping Hands Financial Aid Fund is geared toward helping families and individuals cover emergency expenses and provide money to pay for a crisis. The assistance program has helped clients cover a wide array of financial emergencies and costs.

The fund is discretionary and helps people in all kinds of situations. Money for the program is donated from local churches, private citizens, the local Ministerial Association and other revenue sources.

It is discretionary in that if there is a bill or expense that someone needs help with, or an issue with a client, the program can make a judgment call to offer assistance. They have paid for doctor bills, utility bills and heating bills, prescription medication and provided money gasoline for transportation to and from emergency doctor visits or other appointments.

There are some conditions to be qualified for assistance from Helping Hands. Applicants must bring proof of residency, the bill or expense they need assistance with, and they also need to go through an interview process. The interview in required as it helps determine the client’s need and if there are other sources of assistance that can lend a helping hand. And it also ensure the person take advantage of the assistance from the program and that the funds do not go to waste.

The exact amount of money provided and the degree of assistance provided will depend on what Helping Hands can afford to pay an applicant. Also, if for some reason Helping Hands cannot help an individual, officials of the program will work with them to find other sources of assistance, such as federal or state of Ohio government programs.

Many people do dot realize that there are as many charities, agencies, and programs out there and if you can get a little bit of aid from each one, these agencies can work together to help someone get back on their feet. For example, find information on prescription discount cards, or how to get help with hospital bills.

Other types of aid provided by Helping Hands includes they have worked with local dentists offices as well as auto repair shops to help clients. They even helped someone get new tires for their car!




For more information about Helping Hands Financial Aid Fund call 419-394-8700.

Help for paying for basic needs and bills in Auglaize County Ohio

Agape Ministries - They only cover families in St. Marys, New Bremen, Minster and New Knoxville. This non-profit charity, which is located at 1220 East Spring Street in St. Marys, Ohio 45885 (phone (419) 394-8700) provides the needy with low cost or free food, clothing, or financial assistance for utilities. Applicants need to have a disconnect notice. There are referrals to other social services to qualifying low income persons who live in the western half of Auglaize County.

Catholic Social Services - Phone 800-521-6419. Offers outpatient mental health counseling and case management services.

Mercy Unlimited - Families in eastern Auglaize County may qualify for help from this location. It can offer limited amounts of clothing, food, groceries, and financial assistance/cash grants and other assistance programs. 38 East Auglaize Street, Wapakoneta, OH 45895, phone (419) 738-3161

Seniors and the elderly can contact Auglaize County Council on Aging. Call 419-394-8252, or stop by 610 Indiana Avenue  Saint Marys, OH 45885. Programs are offered for seniors, including financial help, information on medical care and medications, and much more. Click here for more details.

SOURCES focuses on those facing eviction as well as the current homeless. Social workers offers financial stability, support, and advice. Call 419-584-1550

Children’s Developmental Center, phone 419-226-5046, assists in the education and betterment of children.

Auglaize/Mercer ABLE/GED - Helps education adults, which can possibly lead to job opportunities. Expands education for families and workers in the region. Telephone 419-394-8100.

By Jon McNamara














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