Wells County

Our Supporters

Avast Enterprise AntiVirus Software
Delta Dental Foundation for Head Start   
Microsoft Corporation - through Tech Soup

Resources & Services Offered

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Head Start-

Our 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 & 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.

Weatherization

The 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.


Location & Hours

1169 N. Main Street
Suite 12
Bluffton, IN 46714

(260) 824-4836

October - May
Tuesday-Friday- 8am-12pm & 1pm-3:30pm

Appointments & Walk-ins

Head Start

1500 Stogdill Rd.
Bluffton, IN 46714

(260) 827-0250

Enrollment:
Bluffton: Angela: (260) 353-1830
Angela's cell: (260) 251-8888

Energy Assistance Program

1100 S. Main Street, 3rd Floor
Bluffton, IN 46714 

(260) 824-4836

October - May
Tuesday-Friday 8am-12pm & 1pm-3:30pm

Functions: Appointments & Walk-ins

WIC Approved Stores

Ossian Community Market
410 North Metts
P.O. Box 406
Ossian, Indiana 46777

Kroger #414
1555 South Harrison Plaza

Bluffton, Indiana 46714


*Walmart Supercenter #2819
2100 North Main Street
Bluffton, Indiana 46714

*These stores are also WIC approved pharmacies for ordering special formulas.

WIC Office

1100 South Main St, 3rd Floor
Bluffton, IN 46714

P: (260) 824-4180 F: (260) 824-8578
Email: WellsWIC@gmail.com

Every Monday- 9am-4:30pm
Tuesdays 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th- 9am-12pm & 1pm-4:30pm
Tuesday 2nd- 9:30am-12pm & 1pm-6pm