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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.


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News & Events

Posted On: Thursday February 21, 2019

Apply today for the 2019-2020 CSBG Scholarship! Additional information can be found under programs- Emergency services-CSBG. Deadline to apply: 5:00 PM on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Posted On: Thursday March 16, 2017

If you are within the income guidelines and have not signed up for energy assistance this heating season, thereare still funds available! Please contact your local WADI office to schedule your Energy Assistance appointment.

Posted On: Tuesday February 28, 2017

The Rental Housing Support Program is available for customers who qualify based on income. If approved, the customer would pay a set portion of their rent amount. A state subsidy is then applied to the rest of the amount. There are apartments in Wabash, White and Wayne Counties. Currently there are 2 openings at the Wabash Christian Apartments in Carmi and 1 opening at the Grayville Park Apartm ... read more

Posted On: Tuesday January 10, 2017

TEMPORARY OFFICE LOCATION The Harrisburg WADI staff are temporarily working out of the First Presbyterian Church Annex. The address is 21 W. Locust St. in Harrisburg. Contact numbers are below. Saline / Gallatin Center: 618-262-6244 Gallatin Homebase: 618-383-1515 Saline Homebase: 618-262-6074 All Other WADI Service Programs or Inquiries: 618-262-6241 ... read more

Posted On: Saturday July 16, 2016

Head Start is now accepting applications for pregnant women and children birth to age five. This is a fun, educational program that will help prepare your child for school. Your child will receive free developmental screenings, health screenings, nutrition education, and learn to develop social connections with their peers. You will receive assistance with obtaining community services that will he ... read more

Posted On: Monday April 11, 2016

Ten Ways to Help Prevent Child Abuse Be a nurturing parent. Children need to know that they are special, loved and capable of following their dreams. Help a friend, neighbor or relative. Being a parent isn’t easy. Offer a helping hand take care of the children, so the parent(s) can rest or spend time together. Help yourself. When the big and little ... read more

Posted On: Wednesday April 06, 2016

Ameren Illinois Grant will Help Reduce Energy Bills Call WADI at (618) 643-2161 for details. Income-eligible residents can receive utility help through Wabash Area Development, Inc. WADI Service Counties, IL (March 3, 2016) — Ameren Illinois President Richard Mark announced today that the company has donated $25,000 to Wabash Area Development, Inc. (WADI) to help customers with thei ... read more

Posted On: Thursday February 25, 2016
HS/EHS prepare Families for Kindergarten
Head Start/Early Head Start Coordinators with the backpacks.

WADI Head Start Coordinators complete transition backpacks to help prepare 133 children and their families for Kindergarten for the 2016/2017 school year. Children are the world"s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.~ John F Kennedy

Posted On: Tuesday October 06, 2015

Please find below links to videos we have produced on LIHEAP. These are testimonies from both PIPP and LIHEAP clients. We are in the process of producing more videos that will have a diverse representation of the clients served by the program. Sara Ratcliffe has sent out emails on clients stories and she will be contacting you for your input on clients from whom we should obtain testimonies. We ha ... read more

Posted On: Thursday July 09, 2015

This is the link to the news article that IACAA submitted:

Posted On: Tuesday March 17, 2015

This is the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services enrollment website. It breaks down by county and by plan what options are available and what they will/will not pay for. The website is: . This website is for anyone needing information on enrolling in one of the Affordable Care Act Program's, this is a great resourcebecause itcover ... read more

Posted On: Wednesday January 21, 2015

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