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 Portage 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.


No Cost Cell Phone Programs

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. 

Telecommunications Assistance Program (TAP)

The TAP is a program to distribute telecommunication equipment to low-income individuals who are hard of hearing or hearing impaired. Contact your local telephone company or Wisconsin Department of Hard of Hearing at 608-243-5626. Click here for more information.  

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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 for FREE in person, over the phone at (888) 445-1621, 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 access more free information about their services, go to www.childcaring.org or call (800) 628 - 8534.

CAP Services, Inc. Children's Discovery Center

Child care facility open to all families, regardless of income, that offers quality child care, on-site four-year old kindergarten, and educational services to children ages six weeks to six years old. The center is open year-round and offers full and part time enrollment. Call (715) 544-4991, ext. 101 or go HERE for more information. 

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Operation Bootstrap

**By Referral Only** - Call Emergency Services at (715) 344-7438 for Referral

5000 Heffron St

Stevens Point, WI 54481

Dress to Work

**By Referral Only** - Contact your FSET Case Manager for more information

Provides no-cost clothing, accessories and appropriate attire selection for qualifying individuals who are interviewing and entering the workforce

Tiff's Kids Closet

1948 Church Street

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 252-7860

Thursdays 2:30pm - 6pm

Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift Store

2124 Rice Street

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 344-7395

Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift Store offers ladies, men’s, and children’s clothing at a discounted price. Stop in to see the variety of items they offer or check out their website by clicking here.

**Talk with your Case Manager if you are in need of free or reduced clothing. We can refer you to St. Vinnie's if you have specific clothing needs!** 



Monday - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Tuesday - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesday - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Friday - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday - CLOSED

Hair Cuts

Your FSET Case Manager may issue a Cost Cutter's haircut voucher which may be used to receive a professional groom in preparation for a job interview.  Please contact your FSET Case Manager for this service.  

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Mid-State Technical College

1001 Centerpoint Dr

Stevens Point WI 54481

(715) 344 - 3063

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

NorthCentral Technical College 

1000 W Campus Dr

Wausau, WI 54401

(715) 675-3331

NTC offers numerous online and in-person certification program opportunities. Click HERE to learn more. 

Portage County Literacy Council

1209 Fremont Street

209 & 214 Nelson Hall at UWSP

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 345-5341


The Portage County Literacy Council provides tutoring to local adults who want to improve their English reading, writing, speaking, and basic math skills toward earning their GED and obtaining employment. You can also request help if you are already enrolled in college or a training program. Visit the Portage County Literacy Council website HERE or call (715) 345-5341

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

Portage County Contact: Colt Nicklaus

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

T: 715-544-1561

E-MAIL: cnicklaus@fsc-corp.org

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 

GCF Aprende Libre - LIBRE educación básica en español!



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Energy Assistance

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)

**This Office is by Appointment Only** - Call to make an appointment 

1224 Strongs Ave

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 344-5999

Provides assistance with heating costs, electric costs, and energy situations through federal and state funding. Households with income at or below 60% of the Wisconsin state median income (SMI) may be eligible. For more information click hereIn 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.
CAP Services Weatherization Program
1725 West River Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481
(715) 343-7145

Program assists income-qualified homes identified by WHEAP through sealing air leaks, insulation, energy-efficient light bulbs, and low-flow shower heads. Click here to learn more.

Emergency Assistance

(715) 344-7438

817 Whiting Ave

Stevens Point WI 

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.  

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Food Pantry - Stevens Point Locations


The Salvation Army

1600 Briggs St

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 341-2437

Learn More HERE

Food Pantry: 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.


St Vinnie's

2124 Rice Street

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 344-7395

Food Pantry: Tuesdays 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

The Place of Peace

1948 Church St

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 496-0164

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

Food Pantry: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00am - 2:00pm.


Operation Bootstrap

**By Referral Only** Call Emergency Services at (715) 344-7438 for referral

5000 Heffron St

Stevens Point, WI 54481

Food Pantry - Plover Location 


Interfaith Food Pantry

2810 Post Rd

Plover, WI 54467

(715) 347-2689

Serves individuals and families in Portage County. Distributes 2-3 days worth of food on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 5-8pm.


Food Pantry - Junction City Location


New Hope Community Church Food Pantry

117 W 2nd St

Junction City, WI

(715) 457-3051

Opens the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6 PM (Closed in January)


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.   

WIC Program

Portage County Health and Human Services

817 Whiting Ave, Stevens Point, WI 54476

(715) 345-5744


This is a supplemental food program for infants and children through age 5 and for pregnant and/or nursing mothers to achieve better health and nutrition. Eligibility restrictions apply. Click HERE for more information.



Portage County Health & Human Services

817 Whiting Ave

Stevens Point WI

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


You can apply one of three ways:

  • Online at access.wisconsin.gov
  • Call 888-445-1621 
  • Walk in to: Ruth Gilfrey - Portage County Health and Human Services. 817 Whiting Ave, Stevens Point, WI 

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Medical Assistance

Medicaid is similar to a health insurance program, but with a few exceptions, such as Medicaid Purchase Plan (MAPP), there are no insurance premiums and very few limitations on coverage.  This program offers people with disabilities who are working or interested in working the opportunity to buy health coverage.


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 ways:

Online at access.wisconsin.gov


Call (888) 445-1621


Walk in to:

Portage County Health & Human Services

817 Whiting Ave 

Stevens Point WI

For more information on what these medical assistance programs offer, visit The Wisconsin Department of Health Services website HERE.

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. 

Aging & Disability Resource Center of Portage County

Lincoln Center 

1519 Water Street

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 346-1401

Medicaid/BadgerCare Recipient Hotline

(800) 362-3002

Call the hotline to locate a health care provider in your area who accepts Medicaid/BadgerCare payment for services


Ministry Dental Center

3604 East Main Dr.

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 342-8060

Accepts Medical Assistance/BadgerCare for customers living in Portage County

AODA Programs and Living Facilities

Ministry Behavioral Health - Outpatient Clinic

209 Prentice St. North

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 344-4611

Ministry Behavioral Health - Residential Treatment

201 Prentice St. North

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 345-0711

Ministry Behavioral Health - Women for Sobriety

201 Prentice St. North

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 345-0711

Oxford House

(715) 544-0310

Alcohol and Drug-Free Residential Living

Oxford House, Inc. Is a non-profit national organization that supports democratically-run, self-supporting alcohol and drug-free homes for those in recovery from addiction

Mental and Behavioral Health Programs

Portage County Crisis Intervention Services

Portage County Health and Human Services

817 Whiting Ave

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 345-5350, press option 2

After hours emergency hotline: (866) 317-9362

Provides payment assistance for Portage county residents to obtain counseling, psychotherapy, or psychological evaluations from private agencies who participate in the program

CAP Services, Inc. - Mental Heath Navigation Program

1608 West River Dr.

Stevens Point, WI 54481


Reduce the barriers to accessing services and increase follow-through with treatment plans toward the goal of improving mental health.

Ministry Behavior Health - Outpatient Clinic

209 Prentice St. North

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 344-4611

Provides behavioral health services in AODA, mental health, and marriage and family therapy.

Ministry Medical Group - Psychiatry

3398 East maria Drive

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 341-7441

New Life Therapy Center

23 Part Ridge Dr

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 341-4180

Sliding fee available

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Housing & Transportation Programs - CAP Services

5499 Highway 10 East, Suite A

Stevens Point, WI 54482
(715) 343-7500 

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

Click HERE for more information


Home Buyers Assistance Program - CAP Services

1725 West River Driver

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 340-9391

The program assists low income people in purchasing a house. 

Emergency Assistance - Forward Service Corporation

817 Whiting Ave

Stevens Point WI 

(715) 344 -7438

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.   

Stevens Point Housing Authority

1300 Briggs Ct

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 341-3444, ext. 1

Housing Authority of Portage County

1100 Centerpoint Dr, Suite 201b

(Behind downtown Shopko in Guzman Building)

Stevens Point, WI 

(715) 346 - 1392

(715) 344 - 2140 (TTY)

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.

Housing Network Project Energy Services of Portage County

1308 Main Street

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 344-7438

The Housing Network Project offers eligible individual/family loans, emergency grants and /or rental subsidy assistance in order to stabilize a short term housing crisis.

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.

Stevens Point Warming Center

Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church

1300 Main Street

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 252-7860

Learn More HERE  

The Stevens Point Warming Center is run by Evergreen Community Initiatives, and located at the Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church. The overnight shelter is welcome to all through the winter season, by providing a warm, overnight shelter for those in need. The shelter opens in the evening; those interested in staying need to be checked into the shelter by 8:30 PM. 

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Legal Issues

Wisconsin Judicare

401 5th Street Suite #200 

Wausau, WI 54403

(715) 842-1681

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

Justiceworks, Ltd

1578 Strongs Ave, Suite D

Stevens Point, WI 54481

(715) 344-3677

A volunteer network of Portage county residents coordinates services that help secure right relationships between victims, offenders, and their community.

Lawyer Referral & Information

(800) 362-9082

Legal hotline offers general legal information and lawyer referral through the State Bar of Wisconsin.  For more information, click HERE

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 Wood County but does provide services for Wood County residents. Individuals can contact LAW at the Oshkosh office:

LAW - Oshkosh

404 N Main St, Suite 702

Oshkosh WI  54901

(800) 236-1128 

Hours: 9AM-4PM on Mondays - Fridays


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MTM Transportation

(866) 831-4130

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



Contact United Way by calling 2-1-1 for more information.



Work-N-Wheels is a 0% interest free loan program. The auto loan program is designed to help income eligible people in need of reliable transportation to get to and from work.

For additional information and an application, contact:

Jean Cook



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Other Resources

United Way of Portage County

1100 Center Point Dr #302

Stevens Point, WI 54481

Phone: (715) 341-6740 or dial 211

Call United Way for free and confidential non-emergency information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 

  • Community Information of Any Kind
  • Personal Family Matters
  • Volunteer Opportunities 
CAP Family Crisis Center 
1616 W River Dr
Stevens Point, WI 54481
(715) 343-7125

24 hour Domestic Abuse; Sexual Assault; and Child and Youth Services, providing temporary shelter and services.

Sexual Assault Service Provider
CAP Services, Inc.
Stevens Point, WI

Aging & Disability Resource Center of Portage County
Benefits Specialist Program, Aging & Disability Resource Center of Portage County
1519 Water St
Stevens Point, WI 54481
(715) 346-1404

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

320 W Grand Ave #102

Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495



DVR with help customers that want to work and have a disability find employment.

Click HERE for the application.

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

Lori Arendt:

·         Stevens Point T and W

·         larendt@fsc-corp.org; 715-544-1562

Wisconsin Rapids Job Center

320 W Grand Ave Suite 102

Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495


Open Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm

For more services and workshops, click HERE

Portage County Public Library

1001 Main St

Stevens Point, WI 54481

**Mobile Hotspot Available for Check-Out**


Below are some great websites to help you in your employment search and career exploration, just click on the link!


Career Builder       Federal Jobs      Indeed       Job Applications.com       Job Center       


Monster      Occupational Outlook Handbook      Snag-A-Job      SimplyHired     


WORKnet     WisCareers      O'Net      JobsFlag  


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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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