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Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)

Provides assistance for heating & electric costs and energy crisis situations

Located at Energy Assistance

401 N 5th St. Ste 443

Wausau, WI 54401

Ph: 715-842-3111

Apply online here (will need valid e-mail address and Social Security Number to apply)

For eligibility requirements, click HERE

Emergency Assistance

Primarily for housing crisis situations but also has energy assistance component.

Go to "Other Resources" section on this page or click HERE for more information.

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Catholic Charities - Saint Lawrence Community Services

Case management services that may lead to help with utilities assistance.

540 S. 3rd Ave

Wausau, WI 54401

Ph: 715-849-3311 or 866-849-3311



WHEAP Heat for Heroes

Provides energy assistance to Veterans.

Ph: 800-891-9276


Cell Phone


Provides free or reduced cell phone and/or land line service to eligible households in Wisconsin. 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 HERE for the best provider in your area.

Eligibility Requirements: must be a recipient of one of the following public assistance programs:

  • BadgerCare
  • Food Share
  • Medical Assistance
  • Social Security (SSI)
  • Wisconsin Heating and Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)
  • Wisconsin Homestead Credit (Scheduled "H" on the WI Tax Return
  • Wisconsin Works (W-2 Program)

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program - Forward Health WI

Temporary program to help families and households afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. To learn more including eligibility and enrollment information call 833-511-0311 or click HERE.

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The Salvation Army (Food Pantry)

Bread and produce distribution each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00am.


202 Callon St.

Wausau, WI 54401

Phone: 715-845-4272


Salvation Army Lunch Program

Free hot meal served Monday-Saturday, 11:30am-12:15pm, except holidays.

202 Callon St.

Wausau, WI 54401

Ph: 715-845-4272


The Neighbors’ Place (Food Pantry)

Distributes donated and government commodity foods.

745 Scott St.

Wausau. WI 54403

Phone: 715-845-1966


Community Center of Hope Food Pantry

Food Pantry for Southern Marathon County Residents in need. Distributions:

  • Tuesdays: 2:30pm-4:30pm
    • 4:30-5:30pm by appointment only
  • Thursdays: 9am-11am

607 13th St.

Mosinee WI 54455

Ph: 715-693-7145



Covenant Community Presbyterian Church Food Pantry

Emergency food for area families in need. Distributions are on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 3:00-5:00pm.


1806 Weston Ave.

Schofield, WI 54476

Ph: 715-359-6567

Ruby's Pantry

New Hope Community Church

229375 County Road J

Wausau, WI 54403

1st Tuesday of the Month

Registration begins at 4pm

Distribution 4:00 – 6:00pm

Thrive Church

400 Grand Avenue

Wausau, WI 54403

4th Saturday of the Month

Registration begins at 9:30am

Distribution 10:00 – 11:45am

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Provides supplemental nutritional assistance to low-income individuals and families. Walk in appointments are welcome.

Marathon County Dept. of Social Services

400 E Thomas St

Wausau, WI 54403

Ph: 888-445-1621


Farmer's Market of Wausau
Non-profit organization that consists of 50 vendors. Vendors offer fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as baked goods, cheese and meat products.

There is a tent at the market with a card reader that allows you to swipe your FoodShare card. After requesting a specific amount of funds from your account, a volunteer will give you $1 tokens to use with accepting vendors. You can exchange tokens with those vendors for eligible food items. Any extra tokens can be kept for use at the market all season long.

River Drive in Wausau

Open every Wednesday and Saturday from 7:00am until sold out

Saint Paul’s Food Distribution

Donated bags of groceries distributed to people in need the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 9:00am-12:00pm.


426 Washington St.

Wausau, WI 54403 

Ph: 715-842-3733

St. Paul's Neighborhood Meal

Free hot meal served each Tuesday of the month from 4:30-6pm.

426 Washington St.

Wausau, WI 54401

Ph: 715-842-3733

Saint Agnes Food Pantry

Community food pantry for Weston area residents. Distributions 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 3:00-5:00pm.


6101 Zinser St.

Weston, WI 54476

Ph: 715-359-5675

First Presbyterian Church Sunday Community Supper

Free hot meal served every Sunday from 4:00-5:00pm.

406 Grant St.

Wausau, WI 54403

Ph: 715-842-2116


Career Closet

Serves men and women in need of clothing for interviewing or employment. Individuals may take up to two outfits at no cost to help them start their wardrobe. 

Tuesdays: (3:00-5:00pm)


Thursdays: (12:00-2:00pm)


705 S 24th Ave.

Suite 440

Wausau WI 54401

(Closet entrance located off of Helmke Street.)

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Mount Calvary Clothes Closet

Free clothing for individuals and families in need. Items available depend on donations and may include gently used clothing for infants, children, teens, women, and men. Quantity may be limited by the availability of items. Must call to make an appointment to apply for or donate items. Ask for LoriLynn


Ph: 715-359-4500


Drug Rehab Guide for Addiction & Mental Health

Guide to answer questions regarding drug rehab center facilities including their focus, treatment options, accreditation, and cost.

Wisconsin Rehab List

Guide to all inpatient and outpatient alcohol and drug addiction rehabilitation facilities in Wisconsin.

ATTIC Correctional Services

Provide residential services, day report centers, case management services, transitional living programs, outpatient community treatment groups, fatherhood programs, and more

903 N 2nd St.

Wausau, WI 54402

Ph: 715-848-3202

Compass Counseling Wausau LLC

State certified outpatient mental health and alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) clinic dedicated to providing quality, caring, and confidential services to families, children, adults, and couples. 


3704 Weston Ave.

Weston, WI 54476
Ph: 715-298-6364



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North Central Health Care

Provides crisis services, outpatient and inpatient services, OWI assessment services, substance abuse day treatment, community treatment services, and family support services.

1100 Lake View Dr.

Wausau, WI 54403
Ph: 715-848-4600

Peaceful Solutions  

Provides assessments and effective treatment/counseling services for individuals (adults and teens) abusing or addicted to chemical substances.

741 North 1st Street

Wausau, WI 54403
Ph: 715-675-3458


Wisconsin Judicare

Legal aid office for low-income residents. 


401 5th Street

Suite #200

Wausau, WI 54403

Ph: 715-842-1681

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Lawyer Referral & Information

Legal hotline offers general legal information and lawyer referral through the State Bar of Wisconsin. 


Ph: 800-362-9082


Medical Assistance

The IM Central Consortium administers a number of medical assistance programs including BadgerCare Plus, Family Planning, Community Waivers, Nursing Home and Elderly-Blind-Disabled medicare programs.

Marathon County Department of Social Services

400 E Thomas St.

Wausau, WI 54403

Ph: 888-445-1621

Bridge Community Clinic

Provides primary health care and dental services by appointment at reduced cost for income-eligible patients. 


1810 N 2nd St.

Wausau, WI 54403

Ph: 715-848-4884



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HealthFirst (formally Family Planning Health Services)

Provides reproductive health care and education on sliding fee scale.


216 South 3rd Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401

Ph: 800-246-5743


Marathon County Health Department

Provides public health nursing including immunizations and HIV/STD clinics.


1000 Lake View Dr


Wausau, WI 54403

Ph: 715-261-1900


WRAP - Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program
This program assists Eligible renters who have had a significant loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and need help with their rent. 

The Rental Assistance Program can award up to $3000 per individual in a combination of rental payments and/or security deposits. 

Information on where to apply can be found here

Affordable Housing Landlord List

List of units at or under $500 a month in Marathon County

Wausau River District Housing

List of units that are on the Bus Route


Salvation Army (Emergency Shelter)

Community shelter and supportive services for individuals and families who are homeless.

202 Callon St.

Wausau, WI 54401

Ph: 715-842-4272 (ask for Stan)



Community Warming Center

Operates during months November 1st to April 30th. Open 7:00pm-8:00am daily

Intake: 7:00-8:30pm ONLY. 

540 S. 3rd Ave.

Wausau, WI 54401

Ph: 715-261-8700

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Emergency Assistance

Primarily for housing crisis situations.

Go to "Other Resources" section on this page or click HERE for more information.



North Central Community Action Program (NCCAP)

Provides emergency housing assistance through various funding channels.

911 Jackson Street

Room 104

Wausau, WI 54403

Ph: 715-842-0681 



Catholic Charities - Saint Lawrence Community Services

Community homeless facilities

540 South 3rd Ave.

Wausau, WI 54401

Ph: 715-849-3311

FSET Emergency Housing Assistance

Housing assistance may be provided on case-by-case basis for emergency situations. Available through September 30, 2020. 

The FSET participant needs to contact their assigned FSET case manager.


Wisconsin Shares (Child Care Assistance)

Wisconsin Shares is Wisconsin's child care subsidy program that helps families and caretakers pay for child care. 


The service provider for Wisconsin Shares in Marathon County is:

Marathon County Social Services

400 E Thomas St.

Wausau, WI 54403

Ph: 888-445-1621

You can apply in person, over the phone, 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).

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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.


1500 Merrill Ave

Suite 201

Wausau, WI 54401

Ph: 715-301-1800

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Please call the office before stopping by to ensure a staff member is available.

Start Right

Start Right provides education, support and resources to help families in Marathon County raise healthy, school ready kids from preganancy through age 5. Includes personal home visits and Family Resource Center visits. 

Ph: 715-261-1900


MTM Transportation

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

Phone: 866-831-4130


Wheels to Work (WATEA)

Offer 0% interest loans to qualifying participants to repair vehicle or purchase vehicle.



Metro Ride Bus Service

Provides accessible city bus service for the general public, as well as para-transit service for persons with disabilities.


Phone: 715-842-9287

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Wisconsin RideShare

Free service that brings commuters together for carpooling and bicycle commuting.

Phone: 800-455-7665

Job Access Loan

A short term loan program for individuals with minor children to meet emergency needs related to employment.  

Forward Service Corporation

Application and Resource Hot Line

Phone: 1-855-733-1311


No-interest vehicle repair and purchase loans across the service area. You need to be low-income to be eligible for a WETAP loan. You also need to

  • be employed or have a job offer
  • have car insurance
  • have a valid Wisconsin driver’s license

Other Resources

Wisconsin Works (W-2)

W-2 is a time-limited program that provides temporary cash assistance and case management services to low-income parents and pregnant women. W-2 is a work program for adults willing to engage in work activities; it is not an entitlement.

Forward Service Corp - Marathon County
364 Grand Avenue
Wausau, WI 54403

Ph: 715-261-8700

Application and Resource Hot Line

Phone: 1-855-733-1311


United Way’s 2-1-1 Resources

Free confidential information and referral to local community resources.


The Women's Community, Inc.

Provide confidential counseling and shelter, domestic abuse or sexual assault support groups, services for youth and children, sexual assault services and assistance with civil, parenting, and criminal issues.

Wausau, WI

Ph: 715-842-5663 or 888-665-1234

Free Taxes

Every household with a simple return, can file federal and state taxes for free through 



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Emergency Assistance

If you’re about to lose your home or have utilities shut off, Emergency Assistance may be able to help. You may qualify for Emergency Assistance if:

  • Can’t pay your rent or mortgage
  • You have received an eviction notice
  • You received a foreclosure notice
  • Your family is living in a shelter or temporary place
  • You received a disconnect notice for your utilities
  • Your heat or electricity is shut off
  • Lost your home through fire, flood, or natural disaster

FSC - Job Center

364 Grand Ave.

Wausau, WI 54403

Ph: 715-261-8700

To inquire about Emergency Assistance:

Ph: 800-771-8420

Community Corner Clubhouse

Helps adults with persistent mental illness and AODA issues realize their potential by providing them with a Clubhouse where they can meet friends, build self-confidence, learn valuable life skills and discover untapped talents.

Ph: 715-843-1926

To schedule a tour of the Clubhouse or obtain more information, contact Referral Coordinator Mike Frankel at 715-370-4626 or

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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