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Fond du Lac County assistance programs.

Dental assistance

If you need help with paying for dental bills or receiving affordable care, then Save a Smile is the Fond du Lac County Medical Assistance dental program. It was created in October 2007.

The Medical Assistance program has helped over 500 children over the last two years, and those 500 kids visited the dentist almost 2,000 times since the program's inception.

What many families do not realize is that there are more than 5,500 children (which is a 25 percent increase over the last year) and more than 3,000 adults (equivalent to a 30 percent increase) in Fond du Lac County Wisconsin who are eligible for the Medical Assistance Dental Program at any given point in time. Many of these individuals and families have been impacted by the weak economy, and their salaries were reduced or maybe their health insurance has been cut off. Call (920) 929-3085.

Help with paying energy and heating bills - Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)

This federal and state government program provides low and moderate income families access to grants and other assistance for paying bills. The goal of WHEAP is to meet home heating costs for individuals and families during the cold winter months. If you are interested in learning more or applying for aid, the Energy Assistance Program is administered by Energy Services, Inc. The group is located at 104 S. Main St, Suite 711, Fond du Lac, WI 54935. You can also call them at 920-929-3445 (questions) or toll free at 1-800-506-5596 to set up appointment.

Financial assistance programs in Fond du Lac

Solutions Center offers some emergency services. Aid is targeted at those households who are most in danger of becoming homeless or at risk of losing utility service, so rent and/or energy bill assistance may be available for Fond du Lac County families. Call (920) 923-1743.





The Saint Vincent De Paul - Fond du Lac branch relies on local churches, volunteers, and donations. They work together to provide the needy with emergency financial needs. This can include helping clients pay rent, pay electric bills, purchase gas or bus tickets, medical emergencies. Basic household goods are available as well. 330 North Peters Ave, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54937

The Fond du Lac Salvation Army can be reached at (920) 923-8220. They offer a number of resources. The focus is on offering family centered welfare. This can include emergency financial aid, rent assistance, disaster services, clothes, and even grants for utility bills. During the winter, children can receive a warm jacket from Coats for Kids or school items from the program known as Operation Back to School. A food pantry is offered. Free Christmas and Thanksgiving meals and toys may be available too.

The local community action agency is Advocap, Inc. A number of resources are offered for the working poor, unemployed, seniors, and others. They have an on site food pantry. The non-profit also administers the Head Start program, which provides literacy services, nutrition services, mental health services, and social services for children and parents. Case managers also assist individuals and help them find a job and maintain meaningful employment.

Housing services include rent and low to moderate income units. Other services include credit counseling, down-payment assistance, loan options and homeowner rehabilitation. The goal is on homeless prevention in the area, so one time grants may be offered for those facing a crisis.

ADVOCAP of Fond Du Lac County also runs weatherization, offers loans for starting a businesses, and even can provide funds for paying a ticket if it impacts your employment. The address is 19 W 1st St. Call (920) 922-7760. Click here.





Free food from pantries

Brandon Community Food Pantry - Call (920) 273-2875 for information.

Broken Bread - Provides canned goods, meals, and food in an emergency. Holiday and Thanksgiving assistance may be offered too. The center is located near St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral at 51 W Division St. Call (920) 921-3363.

Celebration Assembly Fond Du Lac runs a program known as Shared Blessings, which is an outreach service. It provides free food and groceries as well. Telephone - (920) 922-3990

Community Thrift & Food Pantry offers a number of basic goods, and sells items to the public. They also administer the Emergency Food Assistance (EFPA). 102 West Jackson Street, Ripon, Wisconsin 54971. Phone (920) 748-5756.

Health care for low income families

Samaritan Health Clinic offers assistance to people who lack health insurance and who are not on government Medical Assistance, including Badgercare. Basic health care services are offered from the clinic located at St Agnes Hospital. The center offers pharmacy, limited emergency dental, check ups and vision. 430 E Division Street, Fond Du Lac, WI 54935, call (920) 926-4841




By Jon McNamara

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