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Wayne County Ohio assistance programs.

Financial support for basic needs

Salvation Army has a few centers in the county. They are at the following
Doylestown Unit, 13701 Hametown Rd., Doylestown, Ohio 44230, call (330) 658-3267
Main Wayne County center, 437 S Market St., Wooster, OH 44691, (330) 264-4704

There are several offices of this non-profit, as noted. As resource levels allow, it provides emergency funds up to $100 for rental assistance, utilities, and even prescription medication. Also provides vouchers to be used to pay for clothing or furniture. A food pantry is at most sites and they also have Christmas meals and free gifts for children.

Shreve United Methodist Church – Offers short term, emergency financial assistance to Shreve residents only. Aid is for those who are facing utility disconnection or behind on their rent and owe back payments. The church also tries to provide gasoline vouchers. All applications are reviewed on a one off basis. Call (330) 567-2051.

People to People Ministries is based in Wooster at 454 E Bowman St. As a last resort, provides temporary financial aid for help with rental expenses, security deposits, and utility bill payments. The charity may also help with electric or heat well when faced with a disconnection. Or get food, clothes and more. Money may be issued for natural gas, electric bills, propane, heating oil, water, and sewer costs. Only small partial payments are made. (330) 262-1662

Wayne County Job and Family Services offers assistance as a last resort. A number of needs can be met by the county, government affiliated organization. Any support provided is short term and is for needs that can’t be addressed using existing community resources. Some examples of the services include the following.

Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) can pay for housing expenses such as rent or security deposits. There is also funding offered for utility expenses, including heating bills and HEAP applications.




The Job and Family Services can also help Wayne County families with other needs. While the organization will normally offer cash assistance, in some cases certain applicants may be provided with a loan for their bills. This can include car repairs, water bill payments, propane, clothing, and food. Low income families can receive free health or dental care from Medicaid, or apply for public aid such as TANF or food stamps. There are a few offices in the county, including one at 356 W North St., Wooster, OH 44691. Call (330) 287-5800.

Community Action Wayne/Medina is part of the nationwide network. The objective is to provide short term support while case managers are working with clients and helping them exit poverty. They process applications for government benefits, offer referrals, and more.

Call the agency CAWM for help with heating bills, both regular and crisis HEAP components. They also have details on free food pantries or low cost medical care in Wayne County Ohio. A focus is on children, and seniors as well, and both Head start and senior care can be facilitated. Or inquire into homeless prevention, which can include both mortgage and rental assistance. A focus is on families with eviction or disconnection notices. Find other utility programs in Ohio.

Social service type resources are provided by the Wayne community action agency. There are options for new mothers or single parents, such as food and formula from WIC. They also administer Head Start in the area, and coordinate free legal aid. Case managers can also offer information on government grants for paying security deposits, or homeless prevention services. Contact the agency at 820-B W. Lafayette Rd., Medina City, OH 44256. Call (330) 723-2229, or find more details on community action in Wayne County.

Wayne County Veterans Service Commission helps families of active military personnel. The agency addresses shelter (including rent or mortgage), offers free food and utility bills. Financial assistance is in the form of vouchers for paying costs.





The focus is on families or veterans on a fixed income or with little or very low household incomes. Other programs pass out food vouchers in emergency situations, monthly rent stipends, utility payments, burial costs and mortgage help. Address is 356 W North St. Lower Level, Wooster, Ohio 44691. Main phone (330) 345-6638.

Free holiday programs - When facing a hardship, Wayne County families, including seniors and those with children, can get Thanksgiving and/or Christmas help. This may include toys, games, clothing, and more. Some meal sites and pantries may also have gift baskets for Wayne County residents. Click Wayne holiday programs.

Saint Stephen Catholic Church at West Salem Community School House – For families struggling with utility bills, including water, sewer, electric, and gas, the charity may have limited funds to assist. (419) 853-4948

American Red Cross Lake Erie Heartland Chapter – Able to financially assist individuals and families that need to be affected by a house fire, flood or other natural disaster. Any assistance, whether financial or not, needs to fall into that category. In addition, the American Red Cross will provide services to aid the individuals in their recovery. (Serving Ashland, Erie, Holmes, Huron, Lorain, Richland and Wayne Counties) - (330) 264-9383

Eviction prevention, rent help, and housing assistance - Tenants with an eviction notice, or those close to it, can seek financial or legal help rather than be forced to live in a shelter. While funds are limited, and the agencies require personal responsibility, so of the assistance may be as follows.

  • ESG grants for paying back rent, energy bills, or security deposits.
  • Counseling for everything from legal aid to tips on locating an affordable apartment.
  • Other resources may be shelter, transitional housing, and rent assistance for single parents with kids. Continue with rent help in Wayne County.

Clinics for affordable medical care in Wayne County

Lutheran Health Network accepts both government and private insurance. Some of the care includes emergency medical and psychiatric services, weight management program, a heart center and basic check-ups. People from Wayne County can use this facility. They do have a sliding fee scale in place. (260) 435-7001

Viola Startzman Free Clinic in Wooster Ohio offers numerous medical bill assistance programs. While some care is free, others may be available at a minimal fee. The community clinic offers flu shots to current patients, arthritis care, mental health counseling, and checkups. Looking into free medications from their patient assistance programs as well. Call (330) 262-2500 for intake and appointments.

Free groceries and food banks

There are several churches, charities, and non-profits that provide basic needs. Not only can it be a box of food, but they may have clothing or other items as well. Free meals may be served to the low income and homeless too, in particular around the holidays.





Faith United Methodist Church is located in Burbank. (330) 624-5842. Boxes of groceries, canned goods, and perishable items.

Ministries of Mother Hubbard has a pantry on site. Call (330) 749-5800 for hours.

Crown Hill Mennonite Church can be reached at (330) 927-1716.

There are several other non-profit food distribution centers in Wayne County. Churches and other agencies assist the poor and less fortunate. More information.

By Jon McNamara


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