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

April Showers Really Do Bring May Flowers!

April Showers Really Do Bring May Flowers!

NOCAC’s Head Start centers have been gearing up for another spring planting season.

Farm to early childhood education (Farm to ECE) is a group of strategies and hands-on learning activities that increase access to healthy foods, gardening opportunities, and education about food, nutrition, and agriculture for our youngest learners.  Incorporating natural and authentic opportunities for child learning is embedded in both our Head Start and Early Head Start programs’ five year goals.

Zaryah proudly displays the seedlings that are ready for planting in the center’s outdoor learning area raised garden beds.


Maddilynn and Reghan enjoy the sweet fragrance of tulips grown from last year’s bulb plantings in the school garden.


April and Reghan agree that April showers do bring very pretty May flowers!

Summer Food Service Program 2021

Nutritious lunches will be available through NOCAC’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) once again this year. The program will be available in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, and Williams counties and begins in June.  The SFSP provides  a free lunch for all area children ages 1-18 (or up to the age of 21 with a disability).  There are no income or ID requirements.

For more information, please visit us on Facebook, email us at, or call us at 419-784-2150 x 1116.

NOCAC Service Updates Due To Coronavirus

NOCAC is making changes to our service programs in an effort to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Because our country is continually updating plans to deal with this fluid situation, there may be other changes implemented in the future.  NOCAC will post these updates to our services as they occur so we can continue to meet our clients’ needs.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we continue to navigate this unusual time.  For more information on the COVID-19 virus, please visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website.

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NOCAC Community Service offices are open for all HEAP, PIPP and Emergency Service appointments. Appointments can be conducted via phone interview or face-to-face. Walk in services will resume (Tuesdays, 8:15-10 am and Thursdays, 2-4:00pm). Those seeking assistance should still schedule an appointment online or by calling 1-419-219-4641.

Click here to view information regarding assistance for those who have been affected by COVID-19.

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Access to emergency shelter and services to homeless persons continuesPlease call 419-990-5135.  Your call will be returned. 

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The PATH Center Soup Kitchen will open for lunch service only beginning June 14, 2021 from 11:30-1:00pm. Carryout lunches or packaged meals are available for curbside pick-up from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.  Meal delivery for Defiance City residents is available on a limited basis.  Call 419-782-6962, before 9:00 am to reserve meal pick up or meal delivery.

Commodities will be distributed.  We will ask for people to line up in their cars and they will be handed pre-packaged commodities after they are signed in.  We ask that no one gets out of the vehicles.

Beginning July 6, 2021, the PATH Center Soup Kitchen and Drop-in Center will resume regular business hours from 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday.

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NOCAC Head Start/ECE classes and Home Visits have resumed and are operating under the guidance provided by the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Office of Head Start, and the Office of Governor Dewine. We are still taking applications for the 2021-2022 School Year. For information on how to enroll, please contact Nate Kline  at 419-784-2150 ext. 1140.

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We are open for BCI/FBI web check services. Please call ahead for an appointment, 419-784-2150, ext. 1115.

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HWAP, EPP, Utility Services and repair programs have all resumed.  Calls will be made daily to screen clients prior to our crew’s arrival.

Summer Crisis Program

Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission is announcing the start of the 2021 SUMMER CRISIS PROGRAM (SCP) for Defiance, Williams, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, and Van Wert Counties.

The focus of the Summer Crisis Program is to provide assistance with electric utility bills, central air conditioning repairs, and air conditioning unit and/or fan purchases. Households with a household member who is either 60 years of age and older, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or has a certified medical condition, and households who have a disconnect notice, have been shut off, or are trying to establish new electric service may be eligible for assistance. Ohioans enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP) Program are eligible for assistance towards their default PIPP payment, first PIPP payment, central air conditioning repairs, or may receive an air conditioning unit and/or fan.  The Program begins JULY 1, 2021 and runs through SEPTEMBER 31, 2021.

Who is eligible?

Ohioans with a household income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and have a member of the household who is at least 60 years old, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health, or households who have a disconnect notice, have been shut off, or are trying to establish new electric service.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Schedule Online  or call our 24 hour appointment hotline at 419-219-4641

What should I bring to my appointment?

All applicants MUST provide the following documentation when coming to the appointment.

  • Proof of all income for the previous 30 days or 12 months for all household members. (Includes wages, child support, Social Security benefits, unemployment, etc,)
  • Copies of your most recent energy bills
  • Proof of disability (if applicable)
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or legal residency for household members
  • SS cards and birthdates of all members in household
  • Physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health (if there isn’t a household member over the age of 60)


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

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

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


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.