4U Adult Day Service is a program dedicated to empowering its members and fostering community engagement, had its beginnings in Portage County in October 2007. The Portage County location marked the program's inaugural steps, occupying a substantial 6,000-square-foot space that houses both the program and its administrative offices.
4U provides its members with opportunities to learn and utilize public transportation, further enhancing their independence. Members have the chance to explore various area attractions, including the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, the Portage County Public Library, and the many parks that the community has to offer.
The commitment to community engagement extended to volunteer opportunities, with members participating in a regular route program, and partnering with Meals on Wheels in Portage County. This initiative allowed members to contribute to the community by assisting individuals who were unable to access balanced meals easily.
In May 2011, 4U expanded its reach to Wood County, specifically on 8th Street South in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. This location, conveniently situated across the street from Witter Field, offered easy accessibility to the city's amenities and attractions. Over the years, the program experienced growth in both membership numbers and the spaces it utilized.
Now, the Wood County program is located on Pepper Ave in Wisconsin Rapids and continues to provide tailored community-based experiences on a larger scale than its Stevens Point counterpart. Staff at this location leveraged the resources available in Wisconsin Rapids, such as the YMCA, volunteering opportunities with the Humane Society, and visits to various attractions like the zoo, parks, the river, and local businesses. The expansion into Wisconsin Rapids marked a significant step in 4U's journey, promoting community engagement and empowerment for its members.