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Assistance programs Dodge County and Juneau.

When in an emergency, get financial help from churches, social services, or charities. Find assistance with rent or a mortgage payment, cash grants to pay electric or utility bills, free from from pantries, and even free medical or dental care in dodge County. Find how, and where, to apply for help in the Juneau  area for paying those bills while at the same time learning about free job placement services, car repair programs, case management, and more.

Dodge County and Juneau Wisconsin are served by the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc. You can reach this non-profit community action at the following phone number. (608) 254-8353. They offer assistance programs in several different categories and classifications. They include the following.

Housing programs

  • Rent Payment Assistance - Funds to pay your rent and to prevent an eviction from your home or apartment
  • Federal government Section 8 and HUD assistance. This is income based housing in Dodge County as well as low income apartments.
  • Foreclosure Assistance - Receive counseling and information on Wisconsin mortgage programs.
  • Home Repair Programs
  • Housing Revolving Loan Fund
  • Homeless Shelter and Transitional Housing

Energy and heating bill assistance

  • Emergency Fuel Assistance Programs are administered by the community action agency. They run both federal government programs, as well as partner with local utility and gas companies to help people pay their energy bills, and keep their service on.




  • Weatherization assistance programs. Low income families and those in poverty can save money on their energy bills.

Food assistance

  • Emergency Food Assistance, groceries, and access to pantries
  • Nutrition Education
  • Community Meal Programs and Holiday Baskets and meals

Other programs and services

Various programs can help people pay their everyday bills and expenses.

  • Car Purchase Programs and repair assistance. The program can help people who need a car to get back and forth to work
  • Credit counseling and debt reduction assistance. Learn about credit counseling agencies which can help people reduce debts. Click here to find additional debt reduction programs, such as arbitration and learn about government programs.
  • Clothing Assistance - Free new or gently used clothes
  • Childcare Assistance/Referrals - Money can provide for child care expenses or assistance.
  • Senior assistance programs





Job skills and training

They offer programs which can help people find a job, or increase their income. Examples include.

  • Employment Training - Acquire skills for your next job
  • Skills Enhancement Program
  • Financial Literacy Education - Budgeting skills, advice, and other tools to help you gain financial independence.

Several other assistance programs and resources are administered as well. Read Central Wisconsin Community Action Council programs.

Financial assistance for bills, rent, and basic needs

St. Vincent De Paul - This charity is a leading social service group in the county. Some of the aid available, depending on funding, can be funds for rent payments, utilities, car repairs, and food. The non-profit may assist with overnight lodging and gas cards as well. The main site is at 316 S. Spring Street, Beaver Dam, (920) 885-6971. Horicon, Juneau, Burnett and Iron Ridge families should call (920) 485-0694.

Salvation Army has 3 locations in Dodge County. Each offers their own forms of financial aid, case management, free stuff and more. Based on location, find free food, Christmas toys or school supplies. Or housing assistance includes funds for rent or utility bills, and there are homeless shelters too. Or a soup kitchen, snacks for children, senior care and low cost Thrift Store are also on site. More information on Salvation Army assistance programs in Dodge County.

Alpha Life Resource Center may have free infant clothing, equipment and supplies, pregnancy counseling, information on housing, financial assistance and other support for new moms. (920)261-9207.

Clothes for Kids has free school supplies and children's clothing for Dodge County region. Uniforms, books and notebooks are some examples of items. Call (920) 887-7308, or stop by 103 E. Maple Ave. Beaver Dam.

Homeless prevention, rapid rehousing, and rent help - About 10 agencies, including churches and the housing authority, provide assistance. the goal is to stop evictions, utility disconnections, and to keep low income families in an affordable home. More on rent assistance in Dodge County.

Energy Services are available for heating and utility bills. Grants or credits on an account may be issued to low income families. (920) 887-7990

Community Action Council may have emergency rent help to families facing an eviction. 134 Spring Street, (920) 885-9559. Or try calling the non-profit Community Action Coalition - 114 E. Main Street, Watertown., (920) 262-9667. Other resources may include funds for security deposits and more.

Rural Development - The Dodge County organization may have financial assistance, including loans, for paying for housing or deposits. Grants and low interest rate loans available to repair owned homes as well for low to very low income individuals, disabled, and seniors. (920) 907-2976





Dodge County Housing Authority administers the section 8 voucher program. They also have information for first time home buyers and details on affordable apartments. They are a government affiliated agency. Other assistance is for seniors. Address is 491 E. Center St., Juneau, WI. Call (920) 386-2866

New Beginnings Homeless Shelter of Dodge County - Runs short term emergency shelter to homeless families, children and women. Meals and food may be offered too. In some cases, referrals or free vouchers to area motels are provided to single men needing shelter. (920) 885-3999

Zion Church, 2165 Linden Ave, Madison, (608) 772-3146. They may have referrals for financial aid.

Lake Country Caring Facility has basic needs. This may be toiletries, diapers, free clothing, and furniture. 603 Progress Dr., Hartland, WI 53029, (262) 367-6670.

Watertown Family Aid Association has free food vouchers, toiletries, groceries. laundry detergent and other supplies. (920) 261-2832.

Sacred Heart Parish - Food, funds for rent, prescription medicines, and other assistance is for Horicon, Burnett, Iron Ridge and Juneau Wisconsin. 950 Washington Street, call (920) 485-0694

Medical care in Dodge County

Church Health Services is for the uninsured and patients who household income is less than 185% of federal poverty level. Beaver Dam center is at 308 Oneida St. (phone (920) 887-1766) or if you are in Mayville, dial (920) 387-2995.

Watertown Area Cares Clinic can be reached at (920) 206-1604 or (920)206-7797.

The Waupun Free Community Clinic may also offer assistance to the very low income. Call (920) 324-5581 for details.

Wisconsin Well Woman Program is located at 143 E. Center St., 2nd Floor, Juneau. The program pays for screening for screening for breast and cervical cancer for uninsured women. (920) 386-3673.

Food banks and pantries

Crosspoint Community Church W380 N6931 N. Lake Road/Hwy 67, phone (262) 567-5311

Christian Life Fellowship Church in Mayville - (920) 387-4380

Immanuel Lutheran Church of Watertown. Call (920) 261-9059. Dinners, a food bank, referrals, clothing, and other assistance is administered.

Dodge County Food Pantry is run in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul. The location is 316 Spring Street. Call (920) 885-6971. Christmas meals, emergency boxes of food, groceries, and more is served.

United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS) - In addition to food, the non-profit provides migrant workers with resources and assistance for affordable housing, health care, education, immigration and employment needs. 34 S. Spring St., call (920) 356-0690.

Columbus/Fall River Food Pantry City Hall, 105 N. Dickerson Blvd., (920) 623-4559

Neighbors in Constant Care - Has referrals, boxes of food and clothing assistance, and more. (920) 623-5540







St. Stephen's Food Pantry - 505 N. Palmatory St., telephone (920) 485-4230.

Lomira Area Food Pantry covers Brownsville and Lomira. 300 Church Street, dial (920)269-4411 or (920) 979-3014

Watertown Moravian Church Loaves and Fishes, 510 Cole Street, telephone (920) 261-7494.

Waterloo/Marshall Food Pantry may pass out goods once per month to seniors and qualified low income families. 117 E. Madison St., Waterloo, WI, (920) 478-3041

Waupun City Food Pantry, 12 South Mill Street, (920) 324-4000

There are many other food pantries in the region. Or Dodge County residents can learn about other services, such as free baby formula, USDA programs such as food stamps, and Christmas meals but to name a few. Click more information.


By Jon McNamara

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