Oneida 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 Oneida 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 full information on the Lifeline program HERE. 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 Oneida County is:

Oneida County Social Services
1 S Oneida Ave
Rhinelander, WI 54501

You can apply in person, over the phone at 888-445-1621 FREE, or online at


Northwest Connection Family Resource Center

Assistance with child care referrals for the 14 northern counties in Wisconsin is available here, along with information on how to become a licensed child care provider.

(800) 733-5437

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.

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Nativity Thrift Store  


With affordable pricing, these sites offer books, crafts, sports, baby items, electronics, bikes, medical equipment, decorative items, furniture, and clothing.


Downtown Site:         436 N. Brown Street

                                    Rhinelander, WI 54501

                                    (715) 362-2665

                                   Hours:  Monday-Saturday

                                   10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Pine Lake Location:      4293 River Road  (old Pine Lake School)

                                        Rhinelander, WI 54501

                                        (715) 369-2044

                                        Hours:  Monday, Wednesday, Saturdays

                                        9:00 am - 3:00 pm



Discounted clothing, furniture, home goods, and beauty supplies are located here.

                                       2181 Lincoln St

                                       Rhinelander, WI 54501

                                       (715) 362-7565

Seventh-Day Adventist Thrift Shop

                                            18 W. Rives Street

                                        Rhinelander, WI 54501

                                        (715) 369-2737



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Nicolet College (Wisconsin Technical College System)

Nicolet College  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.


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 - Outstanding FREE basic Ed and Computer training 

GCF Aprende Libre - LIBRE educación básica - en español!


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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


Oneida County Department of Social Services.

1 S Oneida St.

Rhinelander, WI 54501

(715) 362 - 5695


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 local office is located at:

51A N Brown St

Rhinelander WI 

(715) 365 - 1500

Ashland County Housing Authority

Helping low-income households with weatherization and furnace issues.

For more information, call 1-800-274-8311  or click HERE

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Rhinelander Area Food Pantry (RAFP) 

RAFP helps with food insecurity to families around Rhinelander.


627 Coon St

Rhinelander WI

(715) 369- 7237

Distribution Days:  Monday        3:00pm - 6:00 pm

                              Wednesday  4:00pm - 7:00 pm

                              Saturday    10:30am - 1:00 pm

Meals for the Hungry

The Hope Center (located at 1103 Thayer Street) offers a FREE meal every Friday night from 4:30-7:00 pm.

Ruby's Pantry

Distribution is always the third Tuesday of the month at Grace Foursquare Church.  A donation of $20 is required to help with the cost of transportation of food.

                      4630 Hwy 17 North

                      Rhinelander, WI 54501

                      (715) 369-7237

Coffee & Company

Located at the VFW Hall at 120 Park Street, a FREE breakfast is offered the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 8:00-10:00 am.

The Table

St. Augustine's Church hosts a FREE meal the last two days of every month beginning at 5:30 pm.  This is located at 39 S. Pelham Street.  Everyone is welcome!


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


You can apply one of three primary ways:

---Online at

---Call 888-445-1621 

---Walk in to:

Oneida County Department of Social Services

1 S Oneida Rd

Rhinelander WI

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Medical Assistance

The Central 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 888-445-1621


Walk in to:

Oneida County Social Services

1 S. Oneida Ave.

Rhinelander, WI 54501



Oneida County Health Department

Provides a wide range of services including immunizations, nutrition education, tobacco cessation, women's health, and prenatal care coordination.

100 W. Keenan Street

Rhinelander, WI 54501

(715) 369-6111


Marshfield Clinic Dental

This clinic provides dental services to all, despite what their insurance situation is.  A dental assistance program is also available to those with limited funds.

Medicaid is also accepted.

2268 N. Shore Dr

Rhinelander, WI 54501

(715) 420- 1400

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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.   The local office is located at:

51A N Brown St

Rhinelander WI 

(715) 365 - 1500

Meridian Group, Inc.  (low-income housing)

1207 Mason Street

Rhinelander, WI 54501

(715) 362-7855


To apply for housing online, click HERE


Rhinelander Housing Authority

411 W. Phillip St

Rhinelander, WI 54501

(715) 365- 7979

Salvation Army

 (715) 554-0177 

 (715) 360-5826 ACES Church Group


ACES website

Fredrick Place (NATH) 

Serving Oneida, Vilas, Langlade, Lincoln, and Forest Counties.  This is a homeless shelter that provides safe housing and basic needs to individuals and families in need.

204 West Fredrick Street

Rhinelander, WI 54501


Appointments for admission interviews may be made by calling 715-369-9777


There is a full screening process for individuals looking to stay in this house. For more details visit the NATH website by clicking HERE

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Legal Services

Wisconsin Judicare 

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

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MTM Transportation


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


           Call 866-907-1493

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

Rapid Cab 

Transportation service serving Rhinelander open 24 hours

              (715) 365-7433





Northwoods Transit Connections


Bus Transit serving Oneida and Vilas Counties





DISCAB Company

Providing transportation as well as an errand service.  Serving the Minocqua area.

                 715-892- TAXI (8294)


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Other Resources

Wisconsin Works (W-2)

Application and Resource Hot Line

Phone: 1-855-733-1311


Local W-2 Agency

Oneida County

Forward Service Corp
51A North Brown Street
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Phone: 715-365-1500
Fax: 715-365-7848

Personal Essentials Pantry


Get help with household and personal essentials.  This is available to the residents within the Rhinelander/Harshaw zip codes.


                Distribution:  Last Saturday of the month:  9:00 am-12:00 noon

                                       2nd Monday of the month:  3:30 - 5:30 pm


Tri-County Council

The focus of this shelter is to deal with not only primary victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, but also to help secondary victims of abuse (family, friends, and community).   Offering a safe haven to those in need, Tri-County Council offers support and options to victims.

(715) 362 -6841

(800) 236- 1222 (24 hour hotline)



Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – Family Resource Center

Hours for all locations: Monday through Friday

Available by appointment

3716 Country Dr.

Rhinelander, WI 54501

715) 361-6300

Provides residents of Vilas, Forest, and Oneida Counties 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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