Family Services

Child Care

The FCP Child Care Program will assist parents with child care who are Forest County Potawatomi Tribal Members or Native Americans who live on or within 10 miles of the Forest County Potawatomi reservation so they may be employed, attend education, training and/or seek employment.


Child Support

The emotional, spiritual and financial support of the Potawatomi children and their care and safety is an important element of Potawatomi culture, tradition and custom. The children are the community’s future and parents have the moral and legal obligation to provide for their health, welfare and safety. With this in mind, the Forest County Potawatomi Community – Tribal Child Support Agency (FCPC-TCSA) was established in 2003.


FCP Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Program

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24-Hour Line: (715) 478-7201

The Forest County Potawatomi Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Program is available 24/7. Crisis phone line in (715) 478-7201. Office hours are Monday – Thursday, 7am – 5pm, or as needed for crisis intervention. Office phone numbers are (715) 478-4991 or (715) 478-7203 with confidential voice mail.

Work cellphone numbers are checked periodically after hours and holidays: (715) 889-3037 or (715) 889-0278. All services are free and confidential. We are able to provide services to FCP enrolled members and tribally affiliated members who have experienced past or present DV/SA. We will assist other victims in finding appropriate resources to meet their needs to the best of our abilities.


Emergency Assistance

Emergency Assistance to tribal members for extenuating conditions that might require temporary & immediate financial services.


Family Resources

FCP received a grant for the coordination of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Indian Child welfare (ICW) services to tribal families at risk of child abuse or neglect from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The main objective is to collaborate and implement a one stop, family resource center that will offer a wide array of services for tribal families in order to enhance, engage and strengthen families.

The center’s core approach uses sensory techniques, such as a Music Garden and Play Shoppe, and materializes the Strengthening Families curriculum along with a series of interactive child development and parenting sessions.


Food Pantry

The food pantry is located at Midwest Indian Mission at 601 N. Summit Dr. in Crandon, WI 54520. Phone: (715) 478-2730.

Hours: Monday 11am – 1pm, Wednesday 11am – 1pm and 3pm – 5pm, Friday 5pm – 7pm.

The pantry is open to anyone for their food needs. There is no income limit. Donations are appreciated.


Food Share and Badgercare

Alternate site for: Food Share or Badger Care applications can be picked up from Sandy Campbell in the Health & Wellness Center or

Apply Online, check your benefits or find out about eligibility for food share or Badgercare at access.wisconsin.gov.

Provides assists to income eligible tribal community family members, disabled individuals and elderly members (over age 65) living on the F.C. Potawatomi reservation with Badger Care and Food Share programs. These programs are guided by state and federal guidelines through the Department of Health Services.

In accordance with Federal Law and USDA policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


General Assistance – GA

Provide basic relief assistance for single adults enrolled in a federally recognized tribe who are living on the FC Potawatomi Reservation. The individual must meet income guidelines and participate in a plan developed to assist in obtaining full-time employment guided by BIA regulations.


Native Employment Works – NEW

Provides supportive employment assistance and guidance in obtaining full-time employment for individuals living on the reservation and Forest County Potawatomi Tribal members within a 60-mile radius of the reservation.


Other Services Offered

LIFE SKILLS CLASSES

  • In partnership with the FCP Family Resource Center and other tribal entities, The classes are held every Wednesday at FCP Family Resource Center on various life skill classes such as home improvement, time management, etc.

DRIVERS LICENSE SERVICES (DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES – DMV)

  • Provides direct connection between DMV and individual for obtaining driver’s license information and/or status of driver’s record.
  • Provides assistance with vehicle registration through DMV.
  • Provides tips for visiting Driver Centers – how to speed up process.
  • Provides information on online services through DMV.
  • Assists with the coordination of services for individuals in obtaining a driver’s license in a timely manner and also set up transportation to DMV.

RÉSUMÉ  DEVELOPING

  • Winway Resume Deluxe Software, Tools and résumé paper are available by utilizing the computers in resource room to update and develop your résumé.

TURBO TYPING

  • Interactive fun practice available on computer to increase your hand/eye coordination and speed.

QUICK SKILLS

  • Hands-on training to learn and enhance your computer skills of Microsoft programs, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access.

WISCAREERS WEBSITE

  • Career exploration guide and opportunities on computer program.
  • Complete a variety of assessments based on interests, work values, career skills and workplace skills.
  • Help coordinate your work values into an exciting career.
  • Check out a variety of technical schools and colleges.
  • Practice writing great cover letters.
  • Guided program to set up your portfolio.
  • Save résumés, assessments and cover letter in your own personal locker.

MOCK INTERVIEWS

  • To prepare individuals for obtaining their dream job and/or career changes.
  • Also provides tips to improve and enhance your valuable employability skills.
  • Improves communication skills and builds self-esteem.

Basic Education Classes (GED/HSED)

  • Classes held in the Museum lower level classroom Tuesday and Thursday from 9am – 1:30pm.
  • An instructor is available to assist adult students in earning a General Education Development Certificate (GED) or a high school equivalency diploma (HSED) and to brush up on academic skills.  If you have any questions, please call the instructor at (715) 478-4904 or Economic Support at (715) 478-4433.

PARENTING

  • Parenting Coordinator is available to provide family support, education and available resources to promote and nurture healthy tribal families.

RESOURCE ROOM

  • This room is open to all tribal members and community members living on or near the reservation. The room is equipped with four computers loaded with a turbo typing software, resume developer software; self-paced computer based training software to learn the Microsoft and Resume Developer Software programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Access. The computers are also available for resume writing or any typing needs.

TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE TO NEEDY FAMILIES – TANF

  • Eligible families are provided with a grant payment to cover the basic necessities such as food, shelter, clothing & utilities. In return, the program participants are required to be involved in a minimum of 24 hours per week in work-related activities. This program is for families living in Forest County who have tribal children and can prove FC Potawatomi Tribal affiliation. The individual must meet income limits and other guidelines outlined in the plan.

TRIBAL EMPLOYMENT SKILLS
The mission of the Tribal Employment Program is to enable FCP tribal members and their descendants to engage in work-related activities and to develop the skills necessary to achieve employment.  This will be achieved through:

  • CAREER EXPLORATION, appointment and also assessing each individual’s barriers to becoming employed and providing tools to overcome those barriers.
  • WORK EXPERIENCE- Provides individuals with an opportunity to learn valuable work skills and work etiquette in different areas of the tribe, Provides a work history for individuals, Provides an opportunity to see if that job/position is the right fit.
  • EMPLOYMENT COUNSELING- Provides guidance in career decision-making skills, Expectation of work environment and ability to relate to others, Mentorship, encouragement and support.
  • JOB SEEKING SKILLS- Job application assistance, tips on how to avoid common application and résume errors, dissemination of labor market data — hot jobs — which job is high on demand for this area, Tips on how to keep employment.

WI HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

WHEAP/KEEP WISCONSIN WARM FUND/WEATHERIZATION

  • These programs help to assist individuals with home energy costs depending on household size, income level and heating cost for individuals living on the FC Potawatomi Reservation.
  • The Weatherization is a preventive program to reduce the energy cost and consumption by providing tips and suggestions.

WISCONSIN JUDICARE

  • This program offers legal assistance to low-income families. Upon verification of income eligibility, a Judicare card is issued and a list of attorneys that accept Judicare is given to the eligible applicant.

Contact Us

P.O. Box 340, 5415 Everybody’s Rd. Crandon Wisconsin 54520

Phone:

  • (715) 478-7292 Case Worker
  • (715) 478-7295 Case Manager
  • (715) 478-7206 Director
  • (715) 478-4433 Support Staff
  • (715) 478-7262 Family Resource Center
  • Toll Free: 1-800-960-5479
  • Fax: (715) 478-7294

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