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Waupaca County assistance programs.

Several charities, non-profits, and government assistance programs help low income families. They can help with rent or mortgages as well as utility bills. There may be free food, health or dental care, as well as debt reduction services. Or find everything from free Christmas toys to furniture, school supplies, and more in Waupaca County.

Both emergency financial help as well as long term stability is offered. They help families overcome poverty, reduce debts, and get long term support.

Salvation Army Waupaca County

Numerous assistance programs and services are provided, including rent vouchers for people facing an eviction or who are currently homeless. Some assistance with utilities and heating bills is provided. ($150 limit). In addition, the local Salvation Army also offers assistance with emergency lodging, food, gasoline, prescription medications and other miscellaneous needs and expenses not covered by other programs.

Free seasonal items, ranging from school supplies to Christmas toys, winter clothes, case management, and other support can be arranged as well. Call the Waupaca County Salvation Army at (920) 924-8653.

Help with heating and utility bills

Waupaca County - Energy Services is a program that provides assistance for heating bills, electric costs and energy crisis situations that Waupaca residents face. The agency will make a one-time cash grant payment during the heating season which runs from October 1-May 15. The total amount of the heating bill assistance provided and the benefit will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s total income, size, and overall heating costs and expenses. Call (715) 258-8291





Another option is to contact CAP Services, Inc. at (715) 343-7520. They administer the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP), which is a federally government funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Public Benefits Energy Assistance Program. The LIHEAP energy program and its related services help over 100,000 Wisconsin households annually across the state.

In addition to providing regular heating and electric bill assistance, specialized services offered by WHEAP include: Emergency fuel assistance; Targeted outreach services; Weatherization conservation programs; Counseling for energy conservation and energy budgets; Pro-active co payment plans; Emergency furnace and heating system repair and replacement services.

Emergency aid in Waupaca

CAP Services - The non-profit community action agency provides assistance to qualified low income families. They administer the government programs indicated above, such as weatherization and WHEAP. Other services are available as well, or the agency may have referrals. Examples include the following.

They can provide low interest loans as part of car buying programs or for first time homebuyers. Various housing programs are administered as well, ranging from emergency shelter to funds for paying back rent or a security deposit. They also offer information on low cost dental care, federal government benefits such as food stamps, and also Badger Care. CAP provides many services in the region. Learn more on CAP community action agency.

The County of Waupaca provides financial aid as well as government grants to households with children only and that meet other criteria. It can be single moms or dads, elderly taking care of a child, or two parent households. The grants can help pay rent, energy bills, food, prevent homelessness and much more. The address is 811 Harding Street, Waupaca WI 54981. Call (920) 966-1200.

Food pantry

Waupaca Area Food Pantry ((715) 256-1645) provides groceries and free food acquired through donations, canned food drives, and charities. There is also a soup kitchen, and they also gain support through various local food bank programs.

Cries of the Heart Outreach Ministries provides food to people in an emergency. (920) 540-3017

There are many other food pantries and soup kitchens. They serve the county as well as state as well. Groceries, hygiene supplies, baby formula, and more is offered. Find how to find food pantries near you.

Programs to eliminate debts

There are regional non-profits that offer money management services including free debt counseling, basic budgeting and other advice. Programs and services offered include implementing of a simple budget system and debt program as well as regular follow-up and support. Also includes debt management plans and consolidation to those who qualify. Dial 211.





Health care

Waupaca County Health Services Division provides medical care and fees vary. The clinic provides a broad range of diagnostic and treatment services including prenatal care, primary adult and pediatric care, as well as laboratory and radiological services and allied support services like health education and nutrition.

Also the government agency offers public health services such as communicable disease screening and treatment and immunizations. Part of this may be prescription drug discount cards for the larger population as well. Dial (715) 258-6323.


By Jon McNamara

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