Adams County Resources

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Free Cell Phone Service

 

The Lifeline program provides free or reduced cell phone and/or land line service to eligible households in Wisconsin including Adams County. Only one person per household can have a Lifeline plan. In order to be eligible for a Lifeline plan, the person must be a recipient of one of the following public assistance programs:

·         BadgerCare

·         FoodShare

·         Medical Assistance

·         SSI

·         Wisconsin Heating and Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)

·         Wisconsin Homestead Credit (Schedule H on WI tax return)

·         Wisconsin Works (W-2)

 
 

Click HERE for information on Wisconsin's Lifeline Program.

Click HERE for a federal listing of Wisconsin landline and some wireless providers.

 

There are a number of national providers for Lifeline including Safelink and Q-Link. Both have service areas in Wisconsin but that does not mean that the cell coverage is very good. It is advised you research at the above website for the best provider in your area.


 

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Child Care

Wisconsin Shares (Child Care Assistance)

Wisconsin Shares is Wisconsin's child care subsidy program that helps families and caretakers pay for child care. To learn more about the program, click HERE.

 

The service provider for Wisconsin Shares in Adams County is:

Adams County Health & Human Services

Capital Income Maintenance Consortium

108 E North St

Friendship, WI  53934

You can apply in person, over the phone at (888) 794-5556 FREE, or online at access.wisconsin.gov 


Wisconsin Child Care Provider Listing

The State of Wisconsin has an online directory of all regulated child care providers (certified, licensed family and licensed group centers).  Click HERE to go to the directory to find a child care provider in your area.

Child Caring (Child Care Resource and Referral Agency)

Child Caring serves many of the counties in the NorthCentral FSET region including Adams, Langlade, Lincoln, Portage and Marathon. To find out more information about their services, go to www.childcaring.org or call (800) 628-8534 FREE.

Wisconsin Rapids Office:

1107 West Grand Ave

Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495

(715) 423-4114
Open Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Merrill Office:

407 W Main St

Merrill, WI  54452

(715) 539-9779

Open Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

 

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Clothing

Free Clothing

Adams County Health & Human Services can provide, on a referral basis, a voucher for clothing at Practical Cents for individuals and families who are in immediate need of clothing assistance. Inquire in person about the program at:

Adams County Health & Human Services

108 E North St

Friendship, WI  53934

Career Closet

The Career Closet is a local, non-profit resource for Wood County residents who need free clothing for job interviews. You can come in without an appointment during regular business hours and can schedule an appointment for after hours.  They are located at 1905 Washington Street in Wisconsin Rapids (Behind Baker Drive IGA). Check out their website by clicking HERE.

 

Hours:

Monday: 10 am - 12 pm
Tuesday: 10 am - 2 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 3 pm

Thursday: 10 am - 4 pm

Friday: 10 am - 12 pm


Saint Vincent de Paul Society


Wisconsin Dells, WI

(608) 254-4011


Serves Adams-Friendship and Southern Adams County. Used clothing and furniture at low prices in the store. ALSO, offers financial assistance. Call for more information. 

 

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Education Resources

Mid-State Technical College

401 N Main St

Adams, WI  53910

(608) 339-3379 or (608) 339-5106

 

MSTC - Adams Campus offers a number of learning opportunities including:

  • Learning Commons
    • Hours: Mon - Thurs, 8:30 - 11:30 am, Tues & Thurs 5 - 7 pm
    • GED/HSED Classes
    • Adult Basic Education Skill Enhancement
    • Career Awareness
    • Computer Classes
    • Program Preparation
  • Lifelong Learning Classes
  • Certificate and Degree Programs
  • Classroom and Online Classes
Online Educational Resources

For those who are interested in completing self-paced education from home over the internet, the following are some resources to increase basic education skills, job skills and preparation for the GED. 

 

Adult Basic Ed - PBS Literacy Link  

 

GCF Learnfree.org - Outstanding FREE Basic Education and Computer Training 

 

 

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Energy Assistance

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)

WHEAP provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, and energy crisis situations (including furnace repair/replacement in some situations).  Please click HERE for information and eligibility requirements. 

 

The Adams County WHEAP provider is located at:

Energy Services Inc.

514 Main Street

Friendship, WI 53934

(608) 339-6767

Emergency Assistance

The Emergency Assistance program is operated under the Wisconsin Works (W-2) program.  It is primarily for housing crisis situations but also has an Energy Crisis component. In general, to be eligible for an Energy Crisis payment (of up to $500), an applicant must meet all of the following:

  • You must pass non-financial and financial eligibility for the program;
  • You have already exhausted other funding options and resources;
  • You need financial help to maintain heat, electricity, water or sewer provided by a utility company;
  • The lack of or imminent lack of one of those utilities is likely to be an immediate threat to the health or safety of any member of your EA group;
  • The energy crisis is beyond the control of you or another caretaker relative or has been found to have good cause by the EA worker. 
Forward Service Corporation is the EA provider for the entire NorthCentral FSET Region.  To inquire about Emergency Assistance, please call (800) 771-8420.


The Adams County Energy Assistance Office is located at:

CWCAC Building
1874 Hwy 13

Friendship WI 53934

(608) 339-4900 -


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Food

Food Pantry

The local food pantry for Adams County residents is located at:

CWCAC Building

1874 State Road 13

Friendship, WI  53934

(608) 339-2641


Hours: Wednesday, 1 pm - 4 pm

     Friday, 9 am - 12 pm 

 

FoodShare

The FoodShare program provides supplemental nutritional assistance to low-income individuals and families. To more, click HERE.

 

You can apply one of three primary way:

  • Online
  • Phone
    • (888) 794-5556
  • In Person
    • Adams County Health & Human Services
      108 E North Street
      Friendship, WI 53934

The Friendship Connection

Serving Free Lunch Every Wednesday

From 12 pm - 2 pm

MUST SIGN UP PRIOR TO WEDNESDAY!


Sign up at:


The Friendship Connection

252 S Main Street

Adams, WI 53910


This is also the location where the free lunch is held. Bring a dish or dessert if you wish. Everyone is welcome. For more information call Deb at (608) 339-6810.


 

Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin

Serves Adams County

Mobile Pantry Program


Location:


Adams-Friendship High School 

1109 E North St

Every 3rd Wednesday of the month

From: 4:30 pm - 6 pm


Second Harvest teams up with local volunteers each month to distribute fresh and non-perishable food to people who are experiencing challenges with making ends meet. They distribute approximately 60 pounds of food per household. Bring bags and boxes if possible. No identification or proof of residency necessary. 


Please call (608) 223-9121 between 8:30 am - 5 pm for information about cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.



Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin


There is a food pantry that is available for families with children enrolled at Grand Marsh Elementary School. Pantry may be used once a week. 


Open Tuesdays and Thursdays 

From: 3:30 pm - 5 pm


Located at:

Grand Marsh Elementary School

620 County Hwy E

Grand Marsh, WI 53936

(608) 339-6556



WIC (Women-Infant-Children)

This program provides nutrition support, immunization referrals and nutrition education. For more information, click HERE.

(608) 339-4513

(866) 735-9616 TOLL FREE

 

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Healthcare

Medical Assistance

The Capital Income Maintenance Consortium administers a number of medical assistance programs including BadgerCare Plus, Family Planning, Community Waivers, Nursing Home and Elderly-Blind-Disabled medicare programs. You can apply one of three primary way:

  • Online
  • Phone
    • (888) 794-5556
  • In Person
    • Adams County Health & Human Services
      108 E North Street
      Friendship, WI 53934

Adams County Public Health

The Public Health unit provides a variety of services including:

  • Health Screening Checks
  • Immunizations (1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month)
  • Maternal-Child Health Program
  • Prenatal Care Coordination
  • WIC
  • Wisconsin Well Woman Program
Services are located at:
108 E North St.
Friendship, WI 53934
(608) 339-4505
(608) 339-4513

Mental Health Services

 

Adams County Health & Human Services
The department provides outpatient mental health services on a sliding-fee scale based upon your income. Services are located at:

108 E North St.
Friendship WI 53934
(608) 339-4505
Northland Community Services

This agency provides mental health services and accepts medicaid and medicare as well as a variety of insurance plans. Services are located at:

139 S Main St.
Adams WI 53910
(608) 339-4144
Adams County Crisis Intervention

(608) 339-4505


Northwest Connections - 24 Hour Mental Health & AODA Crisis Line

(888) 552-6642





Division of Vocational Rehabiliatation (DVR)


(800) 228-1903 Toll Free

www.dwd.state.wi.us/dvr

Program for individuals with disabilities who are having problems getting or retaining employment due to their disability. 


What resources are there for aging and disabled individuals?

Adams County Aging Department


(608) 339-4215 Main

(877) 883-5378 TOLL FREE


www.co.adams.wi.gov

Initiates, coordinates and administers programs that help older adults (age 60 plus) remain active, contributing citizens of the community. Programs include elder abuse intervention, caregiver support and services, home delivered meals, hearing/vision assistance, support groups, transportation and volunteer opportunities.



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Housing

There are a number of rental assistance programs available in Adams County. Most are operated through Central Wisconsin Community Action Program (CWCAP). Individuals can call the local office at (608) 339 - 9688 or go to their website page that identifies housing programs they offer.

Central WI Community Action Council (CWCAC)
1874 Highway 13
Friendship, WI 53934
(608) 339-0273, Fax (608) 339-9955

www.cwcac.org


Emergency Assistance - Forward Service Corporation

Emergency Assistance (EA) provides funding to families with a child(ren) who meet all eligibility criteria. Among other requirements, to be eligible for EA, the applicant must be experiencing a current emergency due to fire, flood or natural disaster, impending homelessness, homelessness, or energy crisis. 


EA can help a group avoid eviction by paying a portion of past-due rent or mortgage or can help a group move into new housing.  The group must be at or below 115% of the Federal Poverty Level limit and have less than $2,500 in countable assets.  A group can receive assistance only once every 12 months.


Forward Service Corporation is the EA provider for the entire NorthCentral FSET Region.  To inquire about Emergency Assistance, please call (800) 771-8420.   


The Adams County office is located at:

CWCAC Building
1874 Hwy 13

Friendship WI 53934

(608) 339-0566


Wisconsin Front Door Website
WIfrontdoor.org is a resource website to help people find local resources for housing and related concerns. Funding for the website ended in march 2012 which has limited some of it's information but it is still active with valid housing links.

HUD
Wisconsin Rapids Housing Authority
2521 10th St South
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
(715) 423-7288

(608) 339-9688


Renewal Unlimited

Renewal Unlimited provides a number of housing assistance programs.  Please go to their website for full information at renewalunlimited.net.  The Adams County office is located at:


Adams County Learning Center

1070 State Rd 13

Friendship WI 53934

(608) 564-1255



CWCAC- Adams County Rental Assistance


Wisconsin Dells, WI

(608) 254-8353 Ext. 236 Main (Ask for Brian)

If not from Wisconsin Dells, arrangements can be made so Brian can come to you.

Serves Adams County for emergency rental and mortgage assistance.


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Legal Services

Legal Action of Wisconsin (LAW)

LAW provides FREE legal services to low income people with focus on benefits and health programs, family law, housing law, licenses, criminal records and employment, senior law, migrant farm workers, and social security disability. 

 

LAW does not have a local office in Adams, but does provide services for Adams County residents.  Individuals can contact LAW at the Oshkosh office:

LAW - Oshkosh

404 N Main Street, Suite 702

Oshkosh, WI 54901

(800) 236-1128 TOLL FREE

Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

www.legalaction.org

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Transportation

MTM Transportation **MUST CALL IN ADVANCE TO SCHEDULE RIDE**

Recommended to call at least 1 week in advance of appointment 

Transportation service to medical appointments (non-emergency) for recipients of medical assistance (BadgerCare, Medicaid, Medicare).


(866) 831-4130


For more information or to schedule a ride online, click HERE

 

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Other Resources

I need help with an abusive relationship.

Hope House of South Central Wisconsin (Baraboo)


720 Ash Street

Baraboo, WI 53913

(608) 356-9123 Main

(800) 584-6790 24-Hour Help Line


www.hopehousescw.org


Serves Adams County. Offers emergency shelter, food, clothing, weekly support groups, legal assistance, resources for counseling, and transportation. Also provides services for sexual assault victims. Prevention information and community education available. 

 

I would like to learn new job skills or find a new job.

Job Center- Adams County


(608) 339-9559

www.wisconsinjobcenter.org

Local center for: Current job openings anywhere in Wisconsin or US using internet based programs; job application forms for many area employers; newspapers from surrounding areas; assistance with resume writing; job placement assistance for Veterans; free fax and phone lines; help using the internet. 


I think I need counseling.

Adams County Children/Family Services & Mental Health Clinic


(608) 339-4505

Outpatient clinic provides mental health and AODA therapy. Also provides psychiatric and psychological services to all open clients, and case management to eligible clients. 


Where can I find a prescription discount card?

Save up to 75% 


Go to www.familywize.org.


This is a FREE program. ANYONE can use it. You do not have to apply, qualify or wait for a card to come in the mail. Go to website listed above and there you will be directed to your free card. Print the card and cut the card out. Then place in your wallet for immediate use. Can be used anytime you need it. And it is valid for your whole family. 

This is not health insurance - DISCOUNTS ONLY.


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Address: Wood County Human Services - River Block

111 W. Jackson St., 2nd Floor, Wisconsin Rapids WI 54495  

Phone: +1 (715) 421-8608 8

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