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WADI is a private not-for-profit Community Action Agency and is classified as a 501c3 tax exempt charity organization but that doesn't tell our story... Community Action equips low-income citizens with the tools and potential for becoming self-sufficient. The structure is unique – federal dollars are used locally to offer programming that is specifically needed in our local communities. It is a coordinated effort to address the root effects of poverty and to, ultimately, move families and individuals to self-sufficiency.  Poverty is viewed as a systemic problem and Community Action is a systems approach to resolving those issues. There are now over 1000 Community Action Agencies throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.  We are committed to:

  • Supporting the working poor

    Head Start, Early Head Start, literacy programs, rental subsidies, job search assistance, small business development loan program, Dislocated Worker Program, budget counseling, public internet access.

  • Supporting the poor facing crisis

    Homeless and homeless prevention programs, emergency food pantries, energy crisis assistance, emergency clothing

  • Sustaining and honoring the elderly

    Senior nutrition centers, home delivered meals, medical transportation, telephone reassurance, circuit breaker and Medicare prescription information

  • Strengthening the whole family

    Comprehensive Family Development, nutrition education, parenting education, assistance completing food stamp and Medicaid applications, weatherization assistance, energy assistance, rental assistance and home ownership programs

  • Strengthening the whole community

    Economic development and support for new business ventures, increase value of local housing stock through housing rehabilitation and weatherization, support for groups working on neighborhood improvements, support for dialogue and planning among all sectors of the community 

Wabash Area Development, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


News & Events

Posted On: Thursday April 16, 2015
Field Trip for the Saline I HS/EHS program
Learning the different meats and veggies you can use to make a pizza.

Saline 1 HS/EHS enjoyed a field trip on 4/9/15 to our local Pizza Hut.22 children, 10 parents and 7 staff had a wonderful time touring the facility. The great staff at Harrisburg Pizza Hut were awesome! A huge thank you to Phyllis Wood from Egyptian Health Department for teaching us to eat a variety of colors in our diet.

Posted On: Tuesday April 14, 2015

GALLATIN COUNTY FAMILY OF DISTINCTION Haley Lehmukuhler came to the Gallatin Co. WADI office wanting to enroll her youngest child, Aubree, in Head Start to provide socialization and learning skills. The family has been remodeling their home. Haley is a nurse in Indiana and they have been working on obtaining a medical card. Haley is a very hard working mom who is very involved in the Head Start ... read more

Posted On: Tuesday April 14, 2015

HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY OF DISTINCTION Hallie Vickers and her two children, Addison-3 and Raelynne-5 months have been a Head Start customer for three years with her daughter Addison. She came to WADI to seek help through LIHEAP hoping she could get into her own apartment. She has been homeless and staying with her mother. Hallie makes her home visits on a regular basis with Head Start and is cur ... read more

Posted On: Tuesday April 14, 2015

SALINE COUNTY FAMILY OF DISTINCTION Cody and Anntoinette Underwood came to our Saline County Office to enroll their children in Head Start. While the children were in Head Start they also received assistance with LIHEAP, food pantry and holiday food baskets. They came to us seeking help in child education and parenting. Their journey with WADI provided the tools for them to complete requirement ... read more

Posted On: Tuesday April 14, 2015

WABASH COUNTY FAMILY OF DISTINCTION Kenni Jo Klingel and Clint Pritchett parents of 2 small children came into WADI for homeless assistance. She and her family applied for tempoorary shelter through the Emergency Transitional Housing Program. During the ETHAP application process, housing, employment and household stability goals were set. Within the first week she had brought in copies of seven ... read more

Posted On: Tuesday April 14, 2015

WAYNE COUNTY FAMILY OF DISTINCTION Bryan and Sarah Pickens first came to the Wayne Co.WADI office for help with their utilities through the LIHEAP program. Later, they were referred to Head Start through the WIC program after one of the daughters failed a developmental screening. The Head Start program provided socializations, developmental screenings and help with preparing three of the four c ... read more

Posted On: Tuesday April 14, 2015

WHITE COUNTY FAMILY OF DISTINCTION Cathy Niehaus came into the White County WADI office seeking help from Weatherization, LIHEAP and Head Start. She is currently raising her two grandchildren, Kori-9 and Montana-6 months. Cathy was eligible to have her home weatherized and she received help through LIHEAP. She enrolled her 6 month old grandson in Early Head Start and knowing the importance of s ... read more

Posted On: Monday April 13, 2015

EDWARDS COUNTY FAMILY OF DISTINCTION Christopher Goodyear and his significant other came into WADI for LIHEAP, food and help with home repairs.The agency referred them to USDA for a home repair loan.WADI helped them with LIHEAP, CSBG Discretionary funds, food pantry, weatherization, ES Furnace, Warm Neighbors Cool Friends and EF & S Prevention services.Chris cared for his significant other ... read more

Posted On: Monday March 30, 2015

WADI celebrated 50 years of "Helping People. Changing Lives" on March 29, 2015. The journey has been arduous but very rewarding! Giving back to the communities we serve, building strong community partnerships, striving to educate all age groups on literacy and parenting, writing for grants to fund issues that are important in our rural counties, making educational and employment dreams ... read more

Posted On: Tuesday March 17, 2015

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Posted On: Monday February 23, 2015

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Posted On: Wednesday January 21, 2015

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