Lincoln County Resources

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Cell Phone

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)

Wisconsin has a website with information on the Lifeline program here.


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 Lincoln County is:

Lincoln County Social Services

607 N Sales St, Suite 202, Merrill, WI 54452



You can apply in person, over the phone at 1-888-794-5722 FREE, or online at 

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



Childcaring - Central Wisconsin Child Care Resource and Referral Agency

Call or meet with a referral specialist who will conduct a computerized search for regulated child care programs which best meet your needs. 


Wisconsin Rapids Office
Location: 1107 West Grand Ave. ,Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495
Phone: 715.423.4114
Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm


Merrill Office
Location: 407 West Main Street, Merrill, WI 54452

Phone: 715.539.9779
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm


Please call our offices before stopping by to ensure a staff member is available.

To search the online directory, click here.  


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Career Closet The Career Closet serves anybody in need of clothes for interviewing or employment.  Individuals may have up to two outfits at no cost to help them start their work wardrobe.

Location: 705 S 24th Ave, Suite 440, Wausau, WI 54401

Hours: Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm

             Wednesdays From 11:30 am-1:00 pm 


Helping Hands Bargain Center-

Location: 407 Grand Ave, Merrill, WI 54452

Phone: (715)536-7241 

Hours: Monday-Friday- 8:30 am-5:00 pm

             Saturday- 8:30 am-3:00 pm


St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store-

 Location: 1004 E Main St, Merrill, WI 54452

 Phone: (715)539-1131 

 Hours: Monday-Thursday - 9:00am - 5:00pm

              Friday & Saturday - 9:00am - 4:00pm

**Get a FREE clothing voucher for the thrift store by visiting the SVDP Outreach office at 503 S Center Ave.**



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Nicolet College (Wisconsin Technical College System)

offers more than 70 associate diplomas, certificates, and apprenticeship programs as well as a University Transfer Liberal Arts program.  They also offer basic education, college preparation and GED classes.

Location: 5364 College Dr, Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone: (715) 365-4493

Tomahawk Success Center

  • Helping students attain their GED or HSED.
  • Helping students learn the English language.

Location: Tomahawk Public Library, Tomahawk WI

Phone: (715) 365-4455     Email:

Hours: Monday/Thursday 9am-1pm



Northcentral Technical College

Offers a wide variety of options for continuing you education including:

  • Learning Center
    • GED/HSED Programs
  • Certificate Programs
  • Online Education
  • Virtual College

Location: 1000 W Campus Dr, Wausau, WI 54401

Phone: (715) 675-3331

Merrill Adult Diploma Academy 

Work one-on-one with a teacher to assess skills and develop an Individual Learning Plan that best fits your needs.  Also offers computer coaching!!

  • Flexible hours to accommodate work schedules
  • Work independently online
  • Develop a plan that fits your needs

Location: 1101 North Mill St, Merrill, WI 54452

Phone: (715) 536-1431


Wisconsin Literacy Council

Click here for more information

Location: 624 E College St, Medford, WI (Room 112)

Phone: (715)748-1520 ext. 552


Central Wisconsin Literacy Council

Click here for more information

Location: Wausau Public Library 300 N First St, Wausau, WI 54403

Hours: Monday: 1:00-6:00pm

             Wednesday: 1:00-4:00pm

             Thursday: 9:00am-7:30pm

Northcentral Community Action Program

Click here for more information 

Location:  Main office- 2111 8th St S Suite 102 P.O.Box 1141 Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

Phone: (715)424-2581

  • Education/Skills Enhancement
    • Adult literacy skills
    • Employment Training
    • Skills Enhancement Program  

NTC/Salvation Army Basic Skills Program

Free GED/HSED preparation assistance, keyboarding/typing skills training, and brush-up on reading, writing, and math skills at the Salvation Army.

Location: 202 Callon St, Wausau, WI 54401

Phone: (715)845-4272


TB Scott Free Library

Call or stop in to arrange an individual consultation for free computer coaching!!

 Location: 106 W 1st St, Merrill, WI 54452

 Phone: (715) 536-7191

**Free mobile WiFi hot spot available for check out. Click here or stop in for more information!** 



Tomahawk Public Library

Location: 300 W Lincoln Ave, Tomahawk, WI 54487

Phone: (715) 453-2455

**Free mobile WiFi hot spots available for check out. Call or stop in to find out more!**


Online Educational Resources


Adult Basis Ed- PBS Literacy Link:


GCF Learnfree-

FREE basic education, GED, computer, and life skills courses

GCF Aprende Libre -

LIBRE educación básica - en espanol!


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Energy Assistance

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)

Assistance includes regular heating and electric assistance, as well as specialized services including emergency fuel assistance, counseling for energy budgets, and emergency furnace repair and replacement.  Please click HERE for information and eligibility requirements.  The local provider is:

Lincoln County Department of Social Services

607 N Sales St

Merrill WI

Phone:(715) 536-6200

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 or (715) 623-2117 

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Food Pantries: 

Community Action Program (CAP)

503 S Center Ave, Merrill         

Monday-Thursday 10:00am-12 noon


Open Hearts Food Bank

Trinity Lutheran Church

107 N State St, Merrill

Wednesday & Friday 2:00-4:00pm


His Hands Extended

New Testament Church N 2519 Hwy K, Merrill

By appointment only: call (715) 536-8554


United Methodist Church

1104 School Rd, Tomahawk

Wednesdays 1:00-3:00pm,  Fridays at 11:00am-12:30pm

Community Meals:


Breaking Bread Community Meal

Eagle's Club 1205 Lake St, Merrill

3rd Tuesday of every month 4:30-6:00pm 


City Hall Community Enrichment Center

1004 E 1st St, Merrill

Thursdays at 12:00 noon 


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 at

Call 888-445-1621 

Walk in to:

Lincoln County Department of Social Services

607 N Sales St

Merrill WI

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Medical Assistance

The Northern 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 at

Call 888-794-5722

Walk in to:

Lincoln County Department of Social Services
607 N Sales St
Merrill, WI

St. Vincent De Paul Community Care

Mission to provide individual assistance to anyone who is lacking the basic necessities of life. 

Free Clinic:

  • Open ONLY Thursday nights beginning at 5:00pm
  • Offers primary medical care to those who are eligible
  • Onsite Pharmacy(small fee for medications)
  • Patients should arrive between 5:00-6:00pm to register
  • Patients are seen on first come, first served basis after registration hour

Location: 401 W Main St, Merrill, WI

Phone: (715)539-9566


Bridge Community Health Clinic

Offers medical and dental assistance without insurance based on a sliding fee scale.

Location: 401 West Main Street, Merrill, WI

Phone: (715) 539-8181 - medical; (715) 627-4383 - dental



Lincoln County Health Department

Click here to view website

  • Immunization Services
    • Click here to view clinic dates and eligibility information

Location: 607 N Sales St, Suite 101, Merrill, WI 54452

Phone: (715) 536-0307

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm



North Central Health Care Center

Provides comprehensive community health care

Location: 607 N Sales St Suite 309, Merrill, WI 54452

Phone: (715)536-9482 


Aging and Disability Resource Center

Promotes choice and independence through personalized education. advocacy, and access to services that prevent, delay, and lessen the impacts of aging and disabilities in the lives of adults. Visit the website here.

 Location: 607 N Sales St., Suite 206, Merrill, WI 54452

 Phone: (715) 536-0311

 Hours: Mon-Fri 8-4:30

Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center 

Offer financial assistance to provide health care services regardless of ability to pay.  Also provide medical insurance resources

Location: 601 South Center Ave., Merrill WI 54452

Phone: (715) 536-5511


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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.  

WHEAP Home Veterans Pilot:

Provides housing and/or energy assistance to Veterans experiencing homelessness.  Funds can be issued for: First month's rent, security deposit, and crisis assistance (available until September 30th, 2016)

You must be referred to the WHEAP agency by the Veterans officer at your local Veterans Services:

Veterans Services Officer for Lincoln County: Richard Wolf

Location: Lincoln County Service Center
801 N. Sales Street, Suite 104
Merrill, WI 54452

Phone: Phone: 715-539-1083]

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The 1st and 3rd Tuesdays - located in the Tomahawk Annex

Merrill Housing Authority:

Click here to view website

Affordable Family Housing

  • Westgate Apartments (located on the corner of Thompson and Water streets in Merrill)
  • Woodbine Apartments (located on Woodbine Ave in Merrill)

Affordable housing for the elderly and disabled:

  • Park Place: 215 Grand Ave, Merrill;   Phone: (715)536-7386
  • Jenny Towers: 711 East 1st St, Merrill;  Phone: (715)536-3838

Northcentral Community Action Program:

Click here to view website

  • Emergency rental assistance or emergency lodging
  • Help for those facing homelessness
  • Weatherization program for energy efficiency

Location: 503 S Center Ave., Merrill, WI 

Phone: (715) 536-9581


Salvation Army:

  • Emergency assistance including utilities (max, $300), food, clothing, and shelter vouchers to eligible individuals in an emergency or disaster situation
  • May also provide rent, mortgage, or security deposit payment assistance

Location: 108 W Somo Ave, Tomahawk, WI

Phone: (715)453-5939 

Lincoln County Housing Authority

  • Provides housing assistance to low income residents

Location: 402 S Park Drive, Tomahawk, WI 54487

Phone:  (715)453-4233

Warming Centers:


  • TB Scott Free Library: 106 W First Street; Monday-Thursday: 9:30am-8pm, Friday: 9:30am-5pm, Saturday: 9:30am-1pm
  • Riverside Athletic Club: 500 South Center Avenue; Monday-Thursday: 6am-8pm, Friday: 6am-5pm, Saturday: 7am-12pm


  • Tomahawk Library: 300 W Lincoln Avenue; Monday-Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-1pm
  • Senior Center: 113 S Tomahawk Avenue; Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
  • Tomahawk City Hall: 23 N 2nd Street; Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Our Sister's House Homeless Shelter: 328 E Washington Street, Tomahawk 

                                                                  Click here to visit the website 

  • Immediate temporary housing to individuals and families; to offer assistance in attaining employment and finding permanent housing, furthering education, helping residents get needed medical care or counseling
  • Residents will be allowed to stay up to 3 months
  • No drugs or alcohol allowed; sex offenders will not be accepted and minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Merrill Area Homeless Shelter (MAC): 407 W Main St, Merrill

                              ***Shelter number: 715-722-1200***

  • Warming Center open every night for individuals, intake from 7pm - 9pm
  • Immediate temporary housing to individuals and families; to offer assistance in attaining employment and finding permanent housing
  • Residents will be allowed to stay up to 3 months
  • No drugs or alcohol allowed; sex offenders will not be accepted and minors must be accompanied by an adult.
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Legal Services

Wisconsin Judicare

Legal aid office for low-income residents.  For more information, click here.

Location: 401 5th Street Suite #200 Wausau, WI 54403

Phone: (715) 842-1681

Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS)

Provide information, maker referrals to appropriate agencies, and help locate an attorney

Phone: (800) 362-9082


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MTM Transportation

Transportation service to medical appointments (non-emergency) for recipients of medical assistance (BadgerCare, medicare or medicaid).


Call (866) 831-4130


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


Merrill-Go-Round Bus Service: Click here for more information 

Location: 1004 E 1st St #10, Merrill, WI

Phone: (715)536-7122

Service Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00am-5:00pm

Cost: General: $2.00    Elderly & Disabled: $1.00

Taxi Services:

Wanta Ride: (715) 771-0425

Blue Jay: (715) 539-7112


Wisconsin Association of Mobility Managers

Mobility Managers in Wisconsin operate shared-ride taxi services, intercity buses, local transit and paratransit services, teach people how to use transit, coordinate trips between agencies, manage volunteer driver programs, educate communities about transportation options, organize van pools and car pools, run one call centers and much more.  If you need to get from where you are to anywhere else, a mobility manager can help you find the most efficient, the most cost effective or the most creative way of making the trip!

Lincoln County Mobility Manager: Terrance Dwyer, Department of Veteran Affairs

Phone: 608-372-3971 #61556


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North central Healthcare 

Offers emergency/crisis services, outpatient services, substance abuse day treatment, case management services, and more. 

Crisis Hotline: 715-845-4326 or 1-800-799-0122



Merrill Center
607 N. Sales Street - Suite 309
Merrill, WI 54452
Phone: 715.536.9482 

Tomahawk Office
213 W. Wisconsin Ave
Tomahawk, WI 54487
Phone: 715.453.5381


General Information Email: Please do not use this email to report an emergency situation or request emergency assistance. Please contact the NCHC Crisis Center which has emergency and crisis care available 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week 

Peaceful Solutions Counseling

local, private, non-profit counseling agency in Wausau, Wisconsin dedicated to helping both children and adults with a variety of issues. We are a certified mental health and substance abuse clinic

Location: 726 East 2nd Street Merrill, WI 54452
Phone: 715-675-3458

Other Resources

Wisconsin Works (W-2)

Application and Resource Hot Line

Phone: 1-855-733-1311


Local W-2 Agency

Lincoln County

This office is open by appointment only
Forward Service Corp
607 North Sales Street
Merrill, WI 53530

Phone: 715-804-4018
Fax: 715-261-8752



Household Abuse Victims Emergency Network. For sexual assault and domestic violence
victims and their children.


   24 hour crisis line: 715-536-1300

View all services offered here


Innovative Services, Inc.

Provide support for individuals with developmental disabilities as well as support for people of all ages with varying needs.  Mission is to "provide a safe and healthy environment for individuals needing flexible, accessible and self-directed supports while creating opportunities for maximum independence through every service offered."

Services include: Residential services, Diversion, Supplemental Support Services, Community Living Programs, Vocational, Youth and Family Services, and Rural Community Concept

Location:  Wausau office- 1720 Merrill Ave #100, Wausau, WI 54401

Phone: (715) 298-4087


Lincoln Industries

"All residents, with a developmental disability and in need of services, will have equal access to resources that strengthen self-determination and self-sufficiency by promoting health, welfare, quality of life and dignity"


Location: 912 Memorial Drive, Merrill
1775 Kaphaem Road, Tomahawk

Phone: 715-539-2510



Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – Community Services

Lincoln County Family Resource Center

Hours for all locations: Monday through Friday

Available by appointment

201 B Stange St.

Merrill, WI 54452



Provides residents of Lincoln County with parenting skills and numerous methods to strengthen families. Offer Drop-In Playtime; Ask the Experts information meeting and a library of information on various topics concerning parenting and the welfare of families.




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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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