Social & Family Services

Social & Family Services

The mission of the Bad River Department of Social and Family Services is to provide services, referrals, and program support that promote self-sufficiency, family unity through our cultural teachings, economic stability, and wellbeing to eligible families in our service area.

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Child Care Assistance Program– Assists families in paying for child care so the parent can work, attend school, train or have their children cared for in a family emergency.

Child Advocate- The Child Advocate provides assistance for a child that is living in an abusive environment. This could include referrals and services that will aid the child.

Coordinated Services Team Initiative (CST)-Support and services for families involved in multiple systems of care, such as AODA, mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice and special education.

Crime Victim Services – offers supportive assistance, referrals and services plans for victims of various abuses and victimizations, arson, burglary, identify theft, fraud, financial crime and kidnapping, as well as other criminal acts to those victims who qualified.

Domestic Abuse Program – Provides crisis intervention, legal advocacy, restraining order assistance, Judicare referral support, emergency shelter, transportation and other crisis service support, Circle of Sisterhood sessions, giga-wiidookoon support and other cultural healing and ceremonies, referrals,  community awareness and education.

Economic Support– Eligibility determinations for services that include Medicaid, Child Care, Food Share.

Elderly/Aging Nutrition Program– Offering dine in meals at the Elderly Center Monday thru Friday and meals on wheels for the home bound. Also offering medical & personal shopping transportation, in-home health services to assist with personal care, light housekeeping & meal preparation.

Emergency Food Shelf– Providing a short term supply of food to individuals or families in need.

Energy Assistance Program (EAP) – The EAP provides services to WI qualified residential households with energy assistance and weatherization needs. Other services that may be available include crisis assistance, emergency fuel assistance, pro-active co-payment plans, emergency furnace repair and replacement.

Family Resource Management– Enables community members in, or close to being in, financial crisis to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to better manage their monies and resources to maintain self-sufficiency.

Food Distribution Program-The food distribution program distributes USDA foods to eligible low income households on or near the reservation. Effective October 1, 2021 – New Income Guidelines

General Assistance-Financial assistance for eligible clients to meet essential needs while they are searching for work or applying for other financial assistance.

Ikwewag Advocate – provides supportive services, medical and health support; offers healing beliefs and spirituality connection, judicial and criminal investigative, transportation, employment or education, life skills, referrals and outreach.

Indian Child Welfare (ICW) -To protect the best interest of Indian children and promote the stability of Indian tribes and families. The ICW workers assumes responsibility, on behalf of the tribe, for the protection, care and wellbeing of at-risk children who are enrolled or eligible for enrollment in the tribe.

Summer Feeding Program– Offers healthy, nutritious meals throughout the summer months to children up to the age of 18.

Tribal TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) – To provide families with temporary financial support so they can manage their home and family’s needs during their time of crisis. Assists parent with work experience and job skills to gain employment and break the cycle of welfare in Native American families. Referrals are also available in certain instances.

*Income and residency guidelines apply to some programs

Department Directory

ProgramTitleContactEmailWork Cell #Office Phone #Desk Ext.
AdministrationDirectorCorinne 292-0067(715) 682-71271411
AdministrationAdministrative AssistantSarah PrincipatoSFSReception@badriver-nsn.govN/A(715) 682-71271400
Resource Center
ManagerGina 685-4483(715) 682-71271434
Resource Center
Case ManagerLorrie 682-8007(715) 682-71271438
Resource Center
Case Manager Nancy 292-9054 (715) 682-7127 1413
Resource Center
Dibenindizo Program Coordinator/
Foster Care-Kinship Care Case Worker
Consuelo RuizKinshipCare@badriver-nsn.govN/A(715) 682-71271445
Resource Center
Bizindadedah Project Director Gloria WigginsBZDDD@badriver-nsn.govN/A(715) 682-71271432
Child CareChild Care CoordinatorLynn WigginsChildCare@badriver-nsn.govN/A(715) 682-71271401
Coodinate Service Team (CST)CST CoordinatorErica 681-1603(715) 682-71271412
Family ResourceFamily Resource ManagerCharmaine CoutureFRmanager@badriver-nsn.govN/A(715) 682-71271410
Family ResourceFamily Resource Manager AssistantVACANTFR-asst@badriver-nsn.govN/A(715) 682-71271416
Economic SupportEconomic Support Program ManagerWendy 685-4074(715) 682-71271405
Economic SupportTANF/GA Case ManagerGeorgianne 979-1314(715) 682-71271408

Aging Services Directory

TitleContactEmailWork Cell #Office Phone #Desk Ext.
DirectorJean 292-0037(715) 682-71501495
Administrative AssistantColleen GoetschAgingOffice@badriver-nsn.govN/A(715) 682-7150 1496
Aging & Disability ResourceLinda ParisianADRS@badriver-nsn.govN/A (715) 682-71271493
CaregiverDante N/A(715) 682-7150 1494
Cook Deb WhitebirdAgingCook@badriver-nsn.govN/A(715) 682-7150 1497
Assistant CookLisa CorrascoN/AN/A(715) 682-71501497
Long Term Care CoordinatorVACANTAgingltc@badriver-nsn.govN/A(715) 682-7150
Memory Care CoordinatorLana OlbyDCS@badriver-nsn.govN/A(715) 682-7150

Physical Address: 53508 Nokomis Rd. Ashland, WI 54806

Elder Center Fax #: (715) 685-2741

Zhawenindig Program Services

TitleContactEmailWork Cell #Office Phone #Desk Ext.
Child AdvocateDonelle 685-4569(715) 682-71511482
Crime Victim CoordinatorSamantha 685-8205(715) 682-71511485
Legal AdvocateShannon ButlerCVLSA@badriver-nsn.govN/A(715) 682-71511484
Program ManagerDoreen Faye 292-8453(715) 682-71511480
Ikwewag AdvocateBrigette 979-1064(715) 682-71511488

Zhawenindig Program Services

Physical Address: 53755 Oak St. Ashland, WI 54806

Mailing Address: Po Box 58 Odanah, WI 54861

Zhawenindig Program Fax #: (715) 682-7760

Food Distribution Services Directory

TitleContactEmailWork Cell #Office Phone #Desk Ext.
Food Distribution CoordinatorMilisa 292-4128(715) 682-78921330
Warehouse ForemanJosh JohnsonFDWMan@badriver-nsn.govN/A(715) 682-78921332

Food Distribution (“Commods”) Building

Physical Address: 73451 Maple St. Odanah, WI 54861

Fax #: (715) 685-7845

Contact – Social & Family Services

Mailing Address:PO Box 55, Odanah, WI 54861
Physical Address:72772 Elm Street, Odanah, WI 54861
Building Name:Community Center
Department Phone Number:(715) 682-7127
Department Fax Number: (715) 682-7883