First Bank of Berne
Great Scott, Berne
United Way of Adams County
Adams Co. Community Foundation
1st United Methodist Church, Decatur
Compassionate Ministries, Berne
Resources & Services Offered
(rollover each blue box to find out more)
Head StartOur mission at Head Start is to encourage eligible 3-5 year old children and their families to experience growth, using a variety of comprehensive services and dedicated professional staff. We will strive to build self-esteem, academics and social skills, remembering that all people are unique and special.
Energy Assistance Program (EAP)Energy Assistance Program (EAP) provides financial assistance to low-income households (at or below 150% poverty level) to maintain utility services during the winter heating season. During cold winter months, this program helps prevent utility companies from shutting off home, residential service to low-income households during moratorium. During hot summer months, EAP provides limited funds for cooling expenses. EAP is provided in all 6 counties.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children known as WIC is a public health nutrition program that offers breastfeeding education and support, referrals, nutrition education, and supplemental nutritious foods to those who qualify. Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding up to a year after delivery, or non-breastfeeding up to 6 months after delivery, along with infants and children until they turn 5 years old are all potentially eligible for the program. WIC’s income guidelines are 185% above the poverty level so many working families still qualify for the program.
Clients set an appointment and bring proof of ID, address, and income to determine their eligibility. Every client meets with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or Registered Nurse (RN) to establish their nutritional need and for one-on-one educational counseling. Clients are referred to other programs that may be beneficial like Medicaid, Healthy Families, smoking cessation, doctor, etc. The RDN or RN builds a supplemental food package for each client and issues vouchers that are redeemed at WIC approved stores throughout Indiana. Clients return about every 3 months for nutrition education and food voucher issuance, but a certification typically lasts a year. WIC is available in each state and territory of the United States. It is a federal government nutrition program run through the USDA. Indiana WIC is run through the Indiana State Department of Health. Within Indiana, agencies are sponsored in each county by either a health department, hospital, or nonprofit. Community and Family Services sponsors WIC in 6 counties in north eastern Indiana consisting of Adams, Blackford, Huntington, Jay, Randolph, and Wells.
WeatherizationThe CFS Weatherization Department provides energy conservation measures and education to low-income Hoosiers every day. Weatherization reduces energy costs for low-income families by improving the efficiency of their homes. Cost-effective measures to reduce home energy consumption are installed in hot and cold climates. Typical measures include performing tune-ups and repairs to heating and cooling systems, replacing appliances to improve efficiency and safety, installing insulation, reducing air infiltration, and replacing incandescent lighting with compact fluorescent bulbs.
Weatherization workers also address energy-related health and safety conditions, particularly carbon monoxide and combustion safety. Weatherization prioritizes services to the elderly, persons with disabilities, and families with children under the age of 18. Services are delivered to single-family homes, multi-family dwellings and mobile homes. Weatherization clients save $1.65 in energy-related benefits for every $1 invested in the program.
Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)The HCV program is a Federal program from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Community and Family Services HCV Department adheres to Federal rules and guidelines in administering the program in our seven county areas. Clients may apply for services at designated times throughout the year. Applicants and then placed on a waiting list and selected based on matrix points when needed. The application process does not guarantee acceptance into the program. In some cases, there may be a delay of a year or longer before a name is pulled from the waiting list.
Once a name is pulled from the waiting list, background checks are conducted and other required information is verified. Rental assistance is based on income and need. HCV prioritizes services to the elderly, persons with disabilities, and families with children under the age of 18.
Bundles for BabiesBundles for Babes was started in 1996. This was an effort which was started by the Adams County Advisory Board to provide quality clothing for children. All proceeds from sales are used to help needy families and children in Adams County. Bundles for Babes also helps the women in the Crisis Shelter in Adams County.
Walk for Warmth (WFW)Walk for Warmth is a utility program designed to assist residential households with heating and cooling expenses by covering back utility bills, deposits, and reconnects. WFW is used in conjunction with EAP to “bridge the gap” for households that are in an immediate crisis situations (disconnect, low or out of bulk fuel) by insuring the utility service remains active or is restored. WFW is provided in Adams County only for Adams County residents.
Locations, Hours & Contact Information
Berne: 1012 Starfire Way
Berne, IN 46711
Decatur: St. Marks United Methodist Church
546 W. US Hwy 224
Decatur, IN 46733
Berne: Michele: 260-589-3002
Decatur: Michele: 260-724-4404
Michele's cell: 260-251-2215
EAP (Weatherization, Section 8, & Bundles for Babes)
October - May
Function: Appointments and Walk-ins
WIC Approved Stores
Berne Community Market
1056 US 27 North
Berne, Indiana 46711
M & M Market
720 N. Main
Geneva, Indiana 46740
929 South 13th Street
Decatur, Indiana 46733
*Walmart Supercenter #1647
1700 South 13th Street
Decatur, Indiana 46733
*These stores are also WIC approved pharmacies for ordering special formulas.
WIC (rm 143)
313 W Jefferson St, in basement
Adams County Service Complex
Decatur, IN 46733
Clients are served by appointment
P: (260) 724-8495
F: (260) 724-9337
Wednesdays 2nd, 4th, 5th- 9am-4:30pm
Every Thursday- 9am-4:30pm
Berne WIC Clinic
Swiss City Medical Center
1521 W. Main Street
Berne, IN 46711
1st & 3rd Wednesdays-
8:30-12pm & 1pm-4pm