Services We Provide

Emergency financial assistance

Operation HELP provides emergency financial assistance for rent, utilities and car repairs.  You must be a resident of St. Croix County and  have some form of income (including part-time employment, SSDI, workers compensation).  Assistance is available once in a twelve month period and three times in total.

To inquire about assistance please call Operation HELP at 715-386-0881 or visit our Resource Center at 901 Fourth Street, Suite 214, Hudson.  

 

We also offer referrals, information about other service agencies, as well as the following:

Veggies

Vouchers

  • Gas  – you must have a valid drivers license and show proof of your St. Croix county address. Issued once each 90 days and no more than six total.
  • Laundry – available to St. Croix County residents once each 30 days.
  • Farmers Market – available to St. Croix County residents once each 30 days.

Emergency food, toiletries and undergarments – a limited supply of food, toiletries and undergarments are generally available at our Resource Center.  Visitors are welcome to take toiletries and undergarments once every 90 days.

Use of computer and fax machine – our Resource IMG_0323Center has a computer available for guest use when we are open.  Guests may also send fax documents from our Resource Center.

Referrals to other agencies – volunteers who staff our Resource Center are ready to assist clients who need help from other agencies.

 

 

St. Croix County Resources

Download our full St. Croix County Resource Guide Here.   Download our summary guide Here, shown below:

Rent

  • Operation Help, 715-386-0881/715-386-1300; 901 4th, Suite 214, Hudson, WI 54016
  • Assistance Resource Center (ARC), 715-338-0755; P.O. Box 223, River Falls, WI 54022; www.arcriverfalls.org (River Falls & Ellsworth only)
  • Rural Housing, 608-238-3448, wisconsinruralhousing.org (help with security deposits & mortgages)

Mortgage/Counseling

  • Home Preservation Foundation Agency (HPFA), 888-995-HOPE
  • Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA), 763-656-6222; 3260 County Rd 10, Suite B, Minneapolis MN 55429
  • National Foundation for Credit Counseling, 866-687-6322
  • Rural Housing, 608-238-3448, wisconsinruralhousing.org (help with security deposits & mortgages)

Utilities

  • Westcap/Energy Assistance/Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP), 800-606-9277/715-265-4271; westcap.org (Oct – May)
  • Operation Help, 715-386-0881/715-386-1300, 901 4th, Suite 214, Hudson WI 54016
  • Salvation Army, 715-246-1222; 505 W. 8th, New Richmond WI 54017; www-sagraceplace.org (currently propane only)
  • Assistance Resource Center (ARC), 715-338-0755; P.O. Box 223, River Falls, WI 54022; www.arcriverfalls.org (River Falls & Ellsworth only)
  • Xcel Energy Low Income Assistance, 855-987-5932

Gasoline

  • Operation Help, 715-386-0881/715-386-1300; 901 4th, Suite 214, Hudson, WI 54016
  • Assistance Resource Center (ARC), 715-338-0755; P.O. Box 223, River Falls, WI 54022; www.arcriverfalls.org (River Falls & Ellsworth only)

Car Repairs

  • Operation Help, 715-386-0881/715-386-1300; 901 4th, Suite 214, Hudson, WI 54016
  • Assistance Resource Center (ARC), 715-338-0755; P.O. Box 223, River Falls, WI 54022; www.arcriverfalls.org (River Falls & Ellsworth only)

Shelters

  • Grace Place, Salvation Army; 715-246-1222; 505 W. 8th, New Richmond WI 54017; www-sa-graceplace.org (Prefers families)
  • Our Neighbor’s Place; 715-426-9000; 122 W. Johnson, River Falls WI 54022; ourneighborsplace.org
  • Beacon House; 715-834-4357; 309 E. Lake St., Eau Claire WI 54701 (Prefers families & single women & Eau Claire residents)
  • Serenity Home, Salvation Army, Balsam Lake; 715-485-1221 (Prefers single men & women)
  • Northwoods Homeless Shelter, Amery; 715-554-0137
  • Stepping Stones, Menominee; 715-235-2920/2975 (Prefers individuals)
  • Benjamin House, Rice Lake; 715-736-2437
  • Faith House, Salvation Army, Siren; 715-349-8744 (Prefers families)
  • Northwoods, Amery & Luck Shelter; 715-268-5730/715-554-0137
  • Sojourner House Shelter; 715-832-6644; 618 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire WI 54701
  • Turning Point, River Falls; 1-800-345-5104/715-425-6751 (24 hour); www-turningpoint-wi.org (Domestic Abuse Shelter)
  • Haven of the Hope Women’s Center, Red Wing MN; 1-800-369-5214
  • Positive Alternatives – River Falls 715-426-2224; Alpha House in Menominee; 800-491-8336 or text 715-505-4582; positivealternatives.org (Teen Runaway Shelter)
  • Pierce County Salvation Army; 715-307-7750
  • Homeless Veterans Assistance; 715-386-4757; 1752 Dorset Lane, New Richmond WI (Homeless or at risk veterans)

Food Pantries

  • Hudson Christian Food Shelf, 715-381-5120; St. Patrick’s Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson WI 54016 (Hudson school district)
  • Five Loaves; 715-243-7491/7490 or 715-247-2944; 150 W. 1st, New Richmond WI 54017-0222 (New Richmond residents)
  • Ruby’s Pantry, First Lutheran; 715-246-4357/715-248-3675; rubyspantry.org
  • Baldwin/Hammond/Woodville Food Pantry; 715-688-3844; 920 6th, Baldwin WI 54002
  • River Falls Community Food Pantry; 715-425-6880; 222 N. Main St., Suite C, River Falls WI 54022
  • Servant of the Shepherd Church; 715-425-6910/715-222-8922; 103 N. 4th, River Falls WI 54022
  • Somerset Food Pantry, 715-247-2945; 203 Church Hill Rd., Somerset WI 54025
  • United Church of Christ Food Pantry; 715-749-3478; 1001 Birch Dr., Roberts WI 54023
  • Westcap – Food Access & Resource Center – Boyceville or Glenwood City; 715-977-1191; 823 Main St., Boyceville WI 54013; westcap.org
  • Zion Lutheran Church Food Pantry; 715-698-2707; 221 North Lockwood St., P.O.Box 125, Woodville WI 54028
  • Pierce County Food Pantry: 715-273-2070; 130 N. Chestnut St., Village Hall, Ellsworth WI
  • Prescott Area Food Pantry; 715-262-4143; 720 S. St. Croix St., Prescott, WI

Food Distribution, Meals & Other Resources

  • Patrick’s Church; 715-338-0332; 1500 Vine St. (lower level), Hudson WI 54016 Monday, 9am, bring a bag
  • Hudson United Methodist Church; 1401 Laurel Ave., Hudson WI 54016 – Wed., 9am, bring bag
  • United Methodist Church; 715-246-2464; 209 E. 2nd, New Richmond WI 54017 – Every 3rd Tues. 5-6:30pm
  • First Baptist; 715-386-9589; 309 Vine St., Hudson WI 54016 – Free meals on Wed at 5:30; Every other Fri 9am – bring bag; also free meals on Wed 5:30pm; day away
  • Zion Lutheran; 715-386-5409; 505 S. 13th St., Hudson WI 54016 – Alternating Fri at 9am with First Baptist – bring bag
  • Bridgit’s Catholic Church; 715-425-1870; 211 Division, River Falls WI 54022 – 2nd & 4th Tues banquet meal 5-6pm (with cooperating churches); 3rd Tues – soup & bread dinner 5-6pm
  • Croix Valley Food Harvest; Afton-Lakeland School, 475 St. Croix Trail, Lakeland, MN; 612-708-6799 – 3rd Sat for $15 per family – 7am+
  • O.M.E. Meals (Bethel Lutheran & cooperating churches); 715-386-8821 – 1st & 3rd Thurs 5-6pm
  • Gethsemane Lutheran Church; 715-684-2984; 1350 Florence St., Baldwin WI 54002 – 1st Tues 5-6:30pm
  • Mary’s Catholic Church, Big River; 715-425-5806; Hwy 10 & E between Ellsworth & Prescott; W10137 570th Ave., River Falls WI 54022 – 1st Tues 6-7pm
  • Foodshare; 1-800-362-3002; access.wi.gov – also see www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/foodshare/eligibility.htm
  • WIC Program (Women, Infants, Children) ; 715-246-8359; wic@co.saint-croix.wi.us
  • Hudson Backpack Program; 651-270-1261 – Preschool to elementary age only; backpacks distributed every other week.
  • Lakeside Foods; 715-243-7367; 660 N. 2nd, New Richmond WI – $6..50 per case of dented, unlabeled canned vegetables; 1st Wed 1-3pm
  • Meals on Wheels; 715-386-3709; 1312 Wisconsin St., Hudson WI 54016 – Disabled, homebound or senior citizens

Phones

Clothes & Household Goods

  • Warm for Winter; 715-386-6697 – Coats, hats, mittens boots
  • Treasures from the Heart; 200 S. Main St., River Falls WI 54022 715-425-9771; 868 Main St., Baldwin WI 715-246-3276
  • Heritage Center; 715-246-3276; 1100 Heritage Dr., New Richmond WI 54017; nrheritaecenter.org
  • Goodwill; 715-386-4199; 1620 Coulee Rd., Hudson WI 54016
  • Our Neighbors Place – The Closet (136 N. Riverwalk); 715-426-9000; 122 W. Johnson, River Falls WI 54022; ourneighborsplace.org – Adult clothing
  • We Do Feet; 715-781-0622; 614 Badlands Rd., Hudson WI 54016; Used furniture, appliances, kitchen goods,
  • 2nd Chances; 125 N. Main St. River Falls WI 54022 – Free childrens clothes, household goods
  • One Love Furniture – Don McLean; 715-338-5734 – Delivers free furniture within 60 miles & picks up donations
  • Servant of the Shepherd Church – see food pantries above – also provides furniture
  • The Basics for Local Kids; P.O. Box 61, Ellsworth WI; basicsforlocalkids@yahoo.com

Medical/Dental

  • Free Clinic of Pierce & St. Croix Counties; 715-307-3948; 1687 E. Division, P.O. Box 745, River Falls WI 54022 – Tues evening 4:15-5pm registration, 6pm patients seen (Pierce or St. Croix county residents only)
  • Union Gospel Mission Dental Clinic, 435 University Ave E, St. Paul MN; 651-789-7605
  • Croix County Economic Support – Forward Health (used to be Badger Care); 715-265-4271; 1752 Dorset Lane, New Richmond WI 54017; www.co.saint-croix.wi.us, also see access.wi.gov – also provide transportation assistance & Foodshare – well women program 715-246-8362
  • Dentist – Paul J Congdon DDS accepts Forward Health, 715-265-4271; 1102 Beall St., Hudson WI 54016
  • Hudson Lion’s Club (glasses & hearing aides) – 715-386-8054
  • Rural Dental Health, 3375 Kothlow Ave., Menomonie WI, 715-235-1573

Transportation

  • Logisticare; 1-866-907-1493 – Nonemergency medical transportation; need Forward Health or Medicaid ID
  • New Freedom Transportation Call Center; 1-800-228-3287; Disabled & elderly transportation (call for procedures)

Legal

  • Croix Valley Legal Clinic; 715-386-4630; St. Croix County Government Center (lower level), 1101 Carmichael Rd., Hudson WI 54016 – 3rd Mon 6-7:30pm

Apartments

  • Buena Vista Apartments; 1-877-495-3008, 627 2nd, Hudson WI 54016 – Low income; 1 BR, all utilities paid; 62 or over 18 disabled, 30% of income
  • Cardinal Capital Mgmt, Hudson Housing Authority, Croixview Apartments; 877-495-3008 – Housing for low income or special needs – 30% of income
  • Cedar Ridge Apartments; 715-386-7831/715-386-7767; 1401 Namekagon, Hudson WI 54016 – Section 8 or 42; 3BR $930, 2BR $845, 1BR $725
  • Heritage Apartments, 715-246-6558; 1330 Heritage Dr., Hudson WI 54016
  • The Lowery; 715-246-2066; 116 W. 3rd, New Richmond WI 54017 – Rent by week or month; no deposit; all utilities included starting at $75/wk
  • River Falls Terrace; 715-425-0251; 511 S. Wasson Lane; River Falls WI 54022 – Seniors, disabled, section 8

School Supplies

Pets

  • Croix Animal Friends (pet food & veterinary services); 715-381-1387 (Michelle) or 581-796-3446
  • Helping Hands for Pets; 715-781-8505 (Amy Thurston); P.O. Box 1451, Hudson WI 54016 (food, medical care, reduced fees for spaying & neutering)
  • Protective Animal Welfare Society of Western WI (PAWS); 715-410-7653; P.O. Box 254, River Falls WI 54022; parssnprogram@gmail.com

Government Programs

 

Some organizations may have eligibility criteria.