Local History

Dubois Pike Warrick Economic Opportunity Committee, Inc. d/b/a TRI-CAP, is a private, not-for-profit, Community Action Agency. Our mission is to empower people in our communities to accept responsibility for achieving personal and economic well-being by providing health, housing, and educational services. We’ve been providing services to low-income individuals throughout southwestern Indiana since 1966.

Today, our service offerings include a variety of grant and privately funded programs such as: Family Planning, breast cancer treatment assistance, Head Start preschool and childcare, volunteer placement, Healthy Families parenting education and referrals, affordable senior and family housing, foreclosure prevention, homeowner rehabilitation, weatherization, energy assistance, emergency housing and utility assistance, lead based paint assessment and removal, Individual Development Account asset building services for low income individuals, family development services including goal setting and mentoring for individuals and families to move them from crisis to stability through a variety of supportive networks including employment and educational services.

We employ a holistic approach to serving our community by insuring that we are always up to date on other services offered in our area. We collaborate with all other providers to mentor and help our clients navigate through their most challenging struggles. Our services are designed to not only meet a client’s immediate crises, but to empower them to move beyond poverty.

While our multitude of service offerings and service area has changed over time, our primary goal is to improve the lives of individuals and to engage the community to assist us in meeting our agency’s mission and programmatic needs. While we are mostly federally grant funded to assist low-income individuals and families of all ages, many of our services are available to folks with higher income levels on a sliding scale fee basis. Every dollar and hour of community support helps us anchor more federal grants to reach more people in need. To read more about the history of TRI-CAP as it relates to national policy, please click the “National History” tab.

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How to reach TRI-CAP during Indiana’s Executive Order #20-08

Our TRI-CAP staff members have been working diligently to continue serving our clients and have found alternative ways to serve our clients without being physically face-to-face through this COVID-19 pandemic and have restricted access to our facilities to anyone other than staff.  We have been in constant communications with our clients thus far and continue to provide the individual care that each person needs. 

In compliance with Indiana’s Stay at Home Executive Order #20-08, our staff will no longer be on site through the duration of the statewide Executive Order. 

Our phones will continue to be answered through 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020. 

  • Dubois County office:                 812-482-2233
  • Pike County office:                      812-354-8721
  • Warrick County office:                812-897-0364
  • Vanderburgh County office:       812-428-2189

Beginning, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 our phone lines will only be able to receive messages that will be checked daily.  If you prefer to reach us via email, you may contact our Director Team for these services and they will refer your inquiry to the applicable staff member to assist you.

  • Neil Elkins, TRI-CAP Housing Services Director, neil@tri-cap.net (Utility, Weatherization, and Housing programs, etc.)
  • Deb Capps, TRI-CAP Health Services Director, deb@tri-cap.net  (Healthcare navigation, Family Planning, and Breast Cancer services.)
  • Nikki Lasher, Family and Community Partnerships Director, nikki@tri-cap.net (Healthy Families, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.)
  • Molly Wuchner, Head Start Director, molly@tri-cap.net (Head Start program)
  • Joyce Fleck, Executive Director, joyce@tri-cap.net for any other administrative inquiries

TRI-CAP’s health, housing, and education services change lives, empower families, and improve communities.