Portage County Resources

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Cell Phone

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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 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 Portage County is:

Portage County Social Services
817 Whiting Ave
Stevens Point, WI 54481

You can apply in person, over the phone at 888-445-1621, or online at access.wisconsin.gov 

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.

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.

Wisconsin Rapids Office:

1107 West Grand Ave

Wisconsin Rapids WI  54495

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

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Operation Bootstrap 

5000 Heffron St

Stevens Point, WI

(715) 344-1544




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Mid-State Technical College

MSTC-offers a number of learning opportunities including:

  • Learning Commons click here for hours of operation and locations   
    • 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

1001 Centerpoint Dr

Stevens Point WI 54481

(715) 344 - 3063

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 Ed and Computer training 


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Energy Assistance

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)

Administers the federally-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Public Benefits Energy Assistance Program.

Households with income at or below 60% of the Wisconsin state median income (SMI) may be eligible.
In addition to regular heating and electric assistance, specialized services include:

  • Emergency fuel assistance;
  • Counseling for energy conservation and energy budgets;
  • Proactive copayment plans;
  • Targeted outreach services
  • Emergency furnace repair and replacement.

1224 Strongs Ave

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 344-5999

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:

817 Whiting Ave

Stevens Point WI 

(715) 343-6368

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Food Pantry - Stevens Point Locations


The Salvation Army

1600 Briggs St

Stevens Point, WI 54481


Learn More Here 

Food Pantry: Open Saturdays 10am-1pm 

Meals: Breakfast begins at 6:00am, lunch is served at noon, and dinner is served at 5:30pm. All meals are open to the public and all are welcome to join us.


The Place of Peace

1948 Church St

Stevens Point, WI 54481

Food Pantry: Thursday opens at 4:30pm or by appointment

Meal: Thursday at 5:00pm

St. Paul's Food Pantry

1919 Wyatt Ave

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 344-5664

May provide assistance based on interview which shows an immediate need and plan for long term resolution. 

Please call ahead Tuesday and Thursday 10:00am-2:00pm.


Operation Bootstrap

5000 Heffron St

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 344-1544



Food Pantry - Plover Location 


Interfaith Food Pantry

2820 Post Rd

Plover, WI 

Serves individuals and families in Portage County. Distributes 2-3 days worth of food on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 6-8pm.


Food Pantry - Junction City Location


New Hope Community Church Food Pantry

117 W 2nd St

Junction City, WI

(715) 457-3051

Opens the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, Noone-1:00pm for Junction City area residents.



Food Pantry - Rosholt Location


Rosholt Food Pantry

247 Depot St

Rosholt, WI 

(715) 570-3045

Donated food distributed to Rosholt area residents in need of the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 3-5pm at the Rosholt Clinic Building.



Food Pantry- Amherst Location 


TRACK-Tomorrow River Area Communities Kitchen

293 S Main St

Amherst, WI

Food pantry at Peace Lutheran Church for families in need who live in the Tomorrow River School District. Monday 8-10am and Thursday 5-7pm.



Food Pantry - Rural Locations  


Portage County Mobile Pantry

(715) 341-9922

Delivers a supplemental supply of groceries to rural residents in need the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.   



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


You can apply one of three primary ways:

Online at access.wisconsin.gov

Call 888-445-1621 

Walk in to:

Portage County Health & Human Services

817 Whiting Ave

Stevens Point 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 access.wisconsin.gov


Call 888-445-1621


Walk in to:

Portage County Health & Human Services

817 Whiting Ave 

Stevens Point WI

Portage County HHSD Division of Public Health

The Public Health Division provides a wide variety of health services including WIC, Community Health services and many others.  Click HERE for full details. 

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Housing & Transportation Programs - CAP Services

CAP Services services Portage County for Housing and Transportation Programs, Rental Assistance, and Home Buyer's Assistance.

Click HERE for more information

5499 Highway 10 East, Suite A
Stevens Point, WI 54482
715-343-7500 (p)
715-343-7520 (f)

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:

817 Whiting Ave

Stevens Point WI 

(715) 343 - 6368

Housing Authority of Portage County

The Housing Authority of Portage County is a federally subsidized agency that operates housing programs for the elderly, disabled, and low-income households of Portage County, WI.  The only properties that our agency owns are Project I, II, and III and they are all located in rural villages of Portage County.  Project I units (Amherst, Junction City, and Rosholt) are for the elderly/disabled, Project II units (Almond, Amherst, and Milladore) are for the elderly/disabled but we currently have an age waiver for 50 years and older, Project III units (Amherst, Junction City, and Rosholt) are for families (we have a wheelchair accessible unit in Amherst), and the Housing Choice Voucher Program can be utilized in any area of Portage County or the United States (rules and restrictions apply).  

This agency does not provide immediate, short-term, or emergency housing. 

For more information, click HERE.

1100 Centerpoint Dr, Suite 201b

(Behind downtown Shopko in Guzman Building)

Stevens Point, WI 

(715) 346 - 1392

(715) 344 - 2140 (TTY)

The Salvation Army-Hope Center

1600 Briggs St

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 341-2437

Learn More Here

The Hope Center is just that, a place of hope for those who have little or none left. With a family-type environment, the Hope Center provides a warm bed for those who are in need of emergency shelter for a given period of time.

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Legal Issues

Wisconsin Judicare

Legal aid office for low-income residents.  For more information, click HERE.  The regional office is located at:

401 5th Street Suite #200 

Wausau, WI 54403

(715) 842-1681



Lawyer Referral & Information

Legal hotline offers general legal information and lawyer referral through the State Bar of Wisconsin.  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) 831-4130

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

Stevens Point Transit

The City of Stevens Point operates a bus system.  For information, click HERE.

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Other Resources

Wisconsin Works (W-2)

Application and Resource Hot Line

Phone: 1-855-733-1311


Local W-2 Agency

Portage County

This office is open by appointment only
Forward Service Corp
1100 Center Point Drive, Suite D
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Phone: 715-544-1562
Fax: 715-544-1563

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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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