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

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. There are no walk-in services.  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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At the recommendation of health experts, the PATH Center Soup Kitchen and Drop-in Center will continue to be closed to the public until further notice.  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.

Commodities will be distributed on October 7, November 4, and December 2 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.  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.

All other scheduled PATH Center activities through the end of the year are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience

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NOCAC Child Development 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 2020-2021 School Year. For information on how to enroll, please contact Gerri Larson 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.

NOCAC Class Registrations


The Financial Empowerment Program is currently recruiting for the Getting Ahead program in Fulton, Van Wert, HenryPaulding, and Defiance Counties.   This course explores challenges facing limited income families and helps connect them to their communities and build important resources.

New sessions begin October 5th in most locations.  Classes are 3 hours each for a 10 week period.  Participants receive a $20 Walmart gift card for each class attended.  To register, contact Lisa at or 419.990.5136 extension 3129.   


Do you have questions on how to improve your credit score, reduce your debt or create a budget?  Do you want to learn what savings products are available and what might work best for you?  Register to attend one of these classes!  Each individual class will answer these questions and provide you the basic knowledge to make future financial decisions.

Seating is limited so contact Amy today at or 419.990.5136 ext. 3122 and get registered.  Remember – a better tomorrow starts here!

Building Wealth for the Future
9/29/20  6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
NOCAC Annex 1935 E Second Street, Defiance

Budgeting Class – Tips to Make Your Money Stretch
10/21/20  3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
EC Development Small Innovation Center  101 E. Perry Street Paulding

Credit Class – Reduce Debt/Improve Credit Score
11/18/20  3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
EC Development Small Innovation Center  101 E. Perry Street Paulding



These classes focus on building knowledge and the supporting skills needed for a successful home rental experience.

The next session is set for December 7th, 8th, and 9th.  Classes are from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. each day and are located at The Dream Center, 1935 E. Second Street in Defiance.  Participants receive a $10 Walmart gift card for each class attended and will be entered into a drawing for a free vacuum cleaner.  To register, contact Sheila at or 419.990.5136 extension 3103. 


2020 Community Needs Assessment Survey

2020 Community Needs Assessment Survey

Every three years, Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission conducts a community needs assessment survey to better understand the needs and challenges of the communities we serve.

Responses are collected from three groups:

1.    NOCAC Employees
2.    Community Members and Local Partner Organizations
3.    NOCAC Customers and Clients

Results from these surveys help NOCAC learn more about community needs and are important for planning, developing, and delivering agency programs, services and activities.

Your experience with NOCAC and your feedback about our programs and services is valuable!


Take the survey now and help shape your community’s future!



Please note that participants in the Customers and Clients Survey can choose to either remain anonymous or can register to enter our drawing for a $100 gift card.


Free Coat Programs

With cold weather fast approaching, NOCAC would like to distribute this information regarding coat distribution in the area. 

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Defiance County


Please donate your gently used coats, scarves and hats!  Collection bins will be located at these Defiance locations from October 1st – November 7th.

Northtowne Mall; Holy Cross School;  GM Powertrain;  St. John Lutheran Church;  The Defiance Dream Center;  First Presbyterian Church;  Goin’ Postal;  Zion Lutheran Church;  Xperience Church;  Mercury Cleaners;  and Chief Supermarket


Defiance: November 14th 9:00 a.m.  –  4:00 p.m.
Defiance County Coats for Christmas distribution:  First Presbyterian Church, 501 Washington Ave., Defiance.

*Masks will be required at the open-air tent distribution center.*
*Park on the side of the church, get a number, and you will be notified when it is your turn.*

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Paulding County


Children can sign up to receive a new winter coat free!   Sign up is October 12th between 9:00 am and 12:00 p.m. at the Paulding County Senior Center located at 401 E. Jackson Street.  Questions?  Please call Becky at 419.399.3650.

*Must be a Paulding County resident*
*Social Security Cards or Birth Certificates must be presented at sign-up*
*Coats will be distributed as they are purchased*

Commodities Distribution

The Richland Place/PATH Center, at 1939 E. Second Street in Defiance, will be distributing USDA food commodities on Wednesday, October 7,  2020.  Individuals and families that meet income eligibility residing in Defiance, Tinora or Ayersville school districts can receive commodities.  Distribution will take place at the PATH Center from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Any questions contact Alicia Ricker (419) 782-6962 Ext 2929.

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.

Food to be distributed:

Orange juice
Grapefruit Juice
Canned Chicken
Canned Pork
Canned Beef
Canned Salmon
Canned Garbanzo Beans
Tomato Sauce
Canned Peaches
Tomato Soup
Canned Corn
Beef Chili Pouch
Spaghetti noodles
Elbow Macaroni
Toastee O Cereal
Dried Cherries
Fruit & Nut Mix
Walnut Pieces
Shelf Stable Milk
Whole Milk Gallons
Cheddar Cheese 1lb
Shredded Cheddar 2lb
Fresh Apples
Fresh Oranges
Fresh Plums
Sweet Potatoes
Frozen Orange Juice singles
Frozen Blueberries
Frozen Pork Loin
Frozen Pork Patties

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