Phone (419) 784-5136 | Address: 1933 E 2nd Street Defiance, Ohio 43512

Child Care Providers Needed

The NOCAC Publicly Funded Child Care Program, funded through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, assists eligible families from Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Van Wert, or Williams counties in locating and/or paying for child care for their children ages birth to 13 years of age.

Are you interested in becoming a child care provider?  We would love to give you more information!  NOCAC and Van Wert County JFS are co-hosting a question and answer session about becoming a provider. Join us for this Facebook Live Event on Wednesday December 8th at 1:00 pm.

To join, click here! 

NOCAC Service Updates Due To Coronavirus

NOCAC IS FOLLOWING CURRENT HEALTH GUIDELINES AND REQUIRING MASKS TO BE WORN FOR ALL NON-VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS ENTERING OUR LOCATIONS.

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Click here to view information regarding Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance for those who have been affected by COVID-19.

Winter Crisis Program (HEAP)

The Winter Crisis Program (WCP) is a heating assistance program that may provide a one-time payment toward a utility and/ or bulk service for those who meet the program eligibility requirements. The Program begins November 1, 2021 and runs through March 31, 2022.

Services Available:

· A payment towards utility service that is currently off or in disconnection status;
· A payment to establish new service;
· Possible furnace repair up to $500.00
· Bulk fuel delivery (propane, fuel oil, wood, coal). Must have 25% or less fuel in the tank.

Eligibility Requirements:

· Eligible applicant’s total household income must be at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines: 
· If you or a household member have been diagnosed with COVID in the past 12 months, no disconnection notice is needed.

Documents Required:

· Past 30 day or 12 month income
· Social Security Cards for all household members
· Electric and Gas bill
· Proof of Disability (If applicable)
· Health Insurance Premiums paid or Child Support paid

To schedule an appointment for heating assistance, families/households may call our toll free 24 hour hotline at 1-419-219-4641 or schedule online.  Please feel free to contact your local Community Service Worker if you have any questions.

 

Financial Training Opportunities

NOCAC’s Financial Empowerment Program (FEP) has a variety of opportunities designed to increase the financial competence, confidence, and capacity of clients.

Getting Ahead is an eight week course that uses ‘kitchen table talk’ to explore and overcome the challenges facing limited-income families. Participants ‘investigate’ their own lives to connect to the community and build resources. This course is incentivized. Getting Ahead is open to the public and available in every county NOCAC serves. We are always recruiting! If you’re interested in learning more about how Getting Ahead can help you move forward, contact Tracey Backhaus, Getting Ahead Facilitator at (419) 990-5136 x 3129 or tbackhaus@nocac.org.

Financial Literacy Classes are also available on topics like: budgeting, credit/credit repair, identity theft prevention, and saving for the future. Classes are between 60-90 minutes in length and provide tools, resources, and real world solutions for individuals and families in Northwest Ohio! FEP Financial Literacy Classes are available at a location near you. For more information, contact Amy McMaster, FEP Specialist, at (419) 990-5136 x 3122 or amcmaster@nocac.org.

Bridges Out of Poverty is a six hour workshop that presents a comprehensive approach to understanding the dynamics that cause and perpetuate poverty on individual and systemic levels. Examining the issue from the perspective of economic class, this workshop provides tools and resources to empower communities to alleviate and prevent poverty. Bridges is open to the public. CEUs are available. For more information or to register contact Dustin Fuller, FEP Coordinator, at (419) 990-5136 x 3114 or dfuller@nocac.org.

 

Pre-School Applications Now Being Accepted

The NOCAC Child Development program is now accepting applications for the 2019 – 2020 Head Start preschool program.

Head Start is a FREE comprehensive program that helps children, ages 3 to 5, from low-income families get ready for school. Our program provides education, health, social and other services to eligible children in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding and Williams counties.

For more information, please call Isaac at 419-784-5136 ext. 1140.