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Homeless Services For Single Parents With Young Children

Updated on May 2, 2014
An apartment is a dream for some homeless families.
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The Homelessness Emergency

A single Hubber with a young child asked specifically about Homeless Services in Wood County, Wisconsin.The information below can lead seekers of social services to the correct county and non-profit agencies in their own hometowns. Check the telephone directories under County and City listings, call City Hall, or dial 311.

Emergency Assistance

If you are a homeless single parent family, you are in an emergency situation. You need to find shelter and food for yourself and your children and in winter, shelter is even a greater priority.

Wherever you are located, find the local social services referral network, which has been called CalVac, FirstLink, Helping Hands, and other names in Franklin County Ohio. If you have a cell phone, can borrow one, or can get to a payphone (which are dwindling in numbers in the USA), dial O for Operator, answer the question about your city and state, then ask for the number of the social services referral network in your city. If the operator does not understand, tell him or her that you have children and are homeless, are in trouble, and need help. Ask what emergency agency can help you. You should receive a toll-free number to the social services network. Call them and ask for help.

If you receive no help from the telephone operator, go to the local police station or fire station and ask for help in finding shelter. If that fails, go to the local churches, synagogues, or other houses of faith. Many now lock their doors during the day because of crime, but their offices are usually open Monday - Friday daytime hours and services may be held on Sunday morning and/or evening, Saturday evening, Friday evening, or Wednesday evening. Catholic churches often hold the most services, including morning mass early every morning and/or each evening, with several on Sundays.

Another avenue of help is the local public library. The staff should be willing to help you find phone numbers and addresses of homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters, if that fits your need. They should also have a phone that you can use. Targets of domestic violence oftne decide to leave or become homeless suddenly for another reason. The Dayton, Ohio main libtrary has in the past been famous for a huge bulletin board in the main lobby that lists all the helping associations and their phone numbers.

If all this fails, then try a local hospital or doctor's office.

If everything fails, call the local newspaper and TV stations and report your problem. Media attention often helps.

Specific Types of Assistance

Homeless shelters in your city usually include:

  • Shelters for Homeless single women
  • Shelters for Homeless single women with children or couples with children
  • Shelters for Homeless couples and Homeless Men with children
  • Shelters for Homeless men
  • Domestic Violence Shelters (DVS)

Once you are in some sort of shelter or safe house, social services connections can be made or continued in order to help you obtain long-term housing, food, income, job training, childcare and other supportive services.

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Help From Marshfield Clinic

Contact the clinic for help.
Contact the clinic for help. | Source

Marshfield Clinic: Main Campus Contacts

1000 N. Oak Ave.
Marshfield, WI 54449
Phone: 715-387-5511
Toll Free: 1-800-782-8581
Fax: 715-387-5240

See: St. Joseph's Hospital

Type of Housing Provided In Wood County

Day Shelters - Help for homeless and low-income people when the shelter their staying makes them leave during the day. Case management, laundry, showers, meals and basic hygiene may by available.

Emergency Homeless Shelters - Short term relief for the homeless & low-income people. People usually have to leave during the daytime and return at night, with some meals offered.

Halfway Housing - Transitions peope from shelters or homelessness to permanent housing over the course of several months to two years.

Permanent Affordable Housing - Residents 30% or less of their income towards rent.

Shared Housing - Housing shared by low income persons is good for families, the disables, and others wanting some companionship and social support.

Important Locations In Wood County WI

Marshfield Clinic:
1000 North Oak Avenue, Marshfield, WI 54449, USA

get directions

400 Market Street, Wisconsin Rapids:
400 Market Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494, USA

get directions

Wisconsin Rapids Homless Services:
340 14th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494, USA

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Wood County, Wisconsin

The agencies, non-profit organizations, and services listed here should be available in all US States, often through county offices.

In many cities, one can dial 311 and receive information that will help.

In isolated areas of the country and in less densely populated areas, several counties may be served by only one office, making it difficult to find and receive help. Ask about transportation options, because some agencies in some areas can help with that.

Social Services - Wisconsin Rapids

Wood County Courthouse
400 Market Street; 3rd Floor, Room 312
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm M-F; Phone: (715) 421-8600
24-Hour (Crisis Intervention): (715) 421-2345
24-Hour (Law Enforcement): (715) 421-8700

Social Services - Marshfield

Marshfield City Hall
4th Floor, Suite 404
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm M-F; Phone: (715) 387-6374
24-Hour (Crisis Intervention): (715) 384-5555
24-Hour (Law Enforcement): (715) 384-5345


Rosemary Huber
140 11th Avenue South; Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495


The Family Crisis Center
1616 W. River Drive; Stevens Point, WI 54481
715-345-6511 or Toll Free: 800-472-3377

Shirley's House of Hope:

  • PO Box 207, Marshfield. Phone: (715) 486-9000

Wisconsin Rapids Homeless

  • 340 14th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids; Phone: (715) 423-7771

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      It's getting harder to find pay phones in my city, but calls to helping agencies are usually free if you can find the phone. Our libraries allow patrons to use their phones for 5 minutes, so that helps.

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      H Lax 

      7 years ago

      Another great hub and useful for anyone finding themselves in a homeless situation. Thanks for bringing these services out there for people to realize that help may be a phone or two away.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      billybuc and Lord De Cross - Homelessness is horrible. A large shelter here closed down because the director would not accept free land and relocate a few miles away from Downtown - it took months to find people places to sleep. I remember seeing the homeless camped out across from the White House one year as well.

      Single moms and single dads who are homeless need all they help we can supply them. I hate the thought of people sleeping on cold pavement. Three years ago, the apartment building I lived in was to be razed and we had only A few weeks to move - that was near to being homeless, but I've never had to sleep on the sidewalk or under a bush. How sad to be homeless or starving in a land where other people throw away too much.

    • Lord De Cross profile image

      Joseph De Cross 

      7 years ago from New York

      Wonderfully done, and so many young and older mothers will need this info handy. I see hard times coming and we need to be ready! Great update Patty!

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Again I say thank you! Homelessness is a blight on our society, and a crime against mankind. As long as this is allowed to continue our nation cannot be considered even close to its potential.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thank you all for posting and sharing information - Darlene, gr82bme, Support Med. Even in my city, a large one, the help information seems locked away and with almost no payphones anymore, one ca't easily call the operator for help.

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      Support Med. 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Patty, you are awesome!!! So glad you included the Fire Department as a source of help. We seem to forget that is included in their agenda. You definitely made it aware to those who need such help that there are many stones to be turned and somewhere YOU WILL get the help you need. v/r

    • gr82bme profile image


      9 years ago from USA

      Great hub. Full of good advice. I am going to share. This hub will help a lot of people if we get it out there.

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      9 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Oh Patty, this is such an important hub I love the way you look for ways to help other. The best thing is for them to get a case worker that they always work with She is so in-tuned to the community. I rate this way up love & peace darski

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Exactly right, tupoague; thanks for posting.

      Fay - I shared the 3-part Hub story on Twitter. Hope it gets some hits.

    • tlpoague profile image


      9 years ago from USA

      It is a sad deal for someone being homeless. I feel for the teens that are kicked out or abandoned. It seems they are the ones falling through the cracks.

      Great hub!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Homeless in New Orleans, and the city still rebuilding after Katrina. how awful for the little girl - then or at any other time. Imagine wandering the streets along at a young age - I'm shuddering just imagining it.

      I wish more places would podt helping addresses and numbers in clear view like the Dayton OH library has done. The Dayton bus station also had some of the numbers, especially for children and teens. I oftne wonder that, if we have the help, why is it so hard to find in some places..

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      Fay Paxton 

      9 years ago

      Patty, I wrote a hub about my encounter some months ago with a homeless little girl in New Orleans. The whole ordeal made me so distraught I could barely think. I could have used this fantastic resource. voted up and useful

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thank you very much William!

      sincerely25 - thanks for posting; your Hubber score is really rising. Congratulations!

      fucsia - Thanks very much for reading and posting. We can hope that everyone that needs it sees the page.

    • William F. Torpey profile image

      William F Torpey 

      9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      It seems to me, Patty, that those who become homeless are least able to do what is necessary to find the help they need. Your hub is an excellent resource for those who can find their way to a computer. I hope this valuable information gets to everyone who needs it. Thanks.

    • sincerely25 profile image


      9 years ago from United States

      This hub touches my emotions in a major way.

    • fucsia profile image


      9 years ago

      This is a true social emergency. Your Hub is very useful to who needs help. Thanks for your work. It is very important work togheter for a better World.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      A mom with 5 children at age 21, abused and high. What a world it is! It was Providence that she wandered into your church, Earth Angel. God bless the halfway house staff as well.

      This reminds me of the dear arthritic lady in her 60s, held captive in her own basement by a daughter n law and son. Barely able to crawl up steps, she took his car and went to a dept store, stole a large camera to get help from the judicial system. I had to write the psych report and the younger coupe was punished legally. The lady went to Arizona to her own daughter, returned to work for another 10 years, and lost most of the symptoms of arthritis. She's still happy. What a world.

      marshacanada - That was a great service you provided, a miracle really considering also the danger of crime on the highways here in many places.

    • marshacanada profile image


      9 years ago from Vancouver BC

      Very Good Hub with good resource info. I worked many years as a social worker and met many people homeless due to no fault of their own. While driving in the USA I gave rides to many homeless: War Vets, Mentally ill,and simply unemployed. The saddest are the homeless children who really want to go to school but can't since their parents are busy trying to find shelter.

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      9 years ago

      i love your comment

    • Earth Angel profile image

      Earth Angel 

      9 years ago

      Great comments Patty,

      Me, too . . . Just recently I hosted a fund-raising event for 16 local churches working under the same umbrella . . . It was so cold and stormy but we had over 250 people in attendance . . .

      Late that same night as we were cleaning up a really thin mother and her three toddlers with barely a stitch of clothing between them wandered in . . .

      The kids were filthy, screaming, cold and hungry . . . The mother was higher than a kite . . . We had plenty of food left over from the day and the church was warm . . . We found donated clothes that had been put aside in a closet for an upcoming church sale to keep them all warm . . .

      We then started looking for resources that could help them . . . It was late and all the shelters were completely full . . . We called around to the other churches we know that open their doors on really cold stormy nights for the homeless . . . All full . . .

      It was actually a local non-profit halfway house that stepped up and took them all in . . . The mother, barely 21 years old, got clean . . . She and her FIVE children (she only had the three smallest with her that night)are back together and she is working while 'working her program . . .'

      Turns out she was the victim of domestic violence and had no other family or friends who could help her in the concrete way she needed at that moment . . .

      We all need to do our part . . .

      YOU dear Patty, do MORE than your part . . . You are the BEST . . .

      Blessings always, EarthAngel . . .

    • rorymullen profile image


      9 years ago from Maine

      Surviving as a homeless person can be very difficult. As we have seen there are endless amount of opportunity's if you can properly research it. One can use local library if you do not have a computer available. There is a national cell phone company that give free cell phones to people and up loads minutes each month.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      In our program in the late 1990s, a homeless Veteran, his wife, and their daughter lived in a leaky camper without power in the back of a small park. A team of people were able to help get them housing, hospital care for him, a job for his wife,and an art school scholarship for the daughter.

      In another case, a single mom of 3 kids walked them home from school after going to GED school herself and working half a day, only to find the landlord had changed the locks and rented her half-double and all its contents to another family - one that did not need subsidized rent. This was illegal, but it took months to correct. The kids finally went to Grandma's home and the lady went through the homeless channels, but her studies were interrupted. She was so embarrassed, it hurt her and us.

      Most of the folks were were able to help now work and pay taxes, feel safe, and are happy.

    • Earth Angel profile image

      Earth Angel 

      9 years ago

      Wonderful and informative Hub Patty . . .

      I trust the information will somehow find its way to the person(s) who originally asked the heartbreaking question . . . In a nation of such abundance, homelessness for those who just need a helping hand up out of a current situation should be readily available . . .

      To those who find themselves in homeless situations, Patty gives good and sound advise above . . .

      To those who help provide services for the homeless, thank you for your dedication . . .

      Blessings always, EarthAngel . . .

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      It must very draumatic, especially when you have a child depending on you alone. Your hub is a wonderful help.


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