Our Vision:
We will be a community rich in opportunities to eliminate poverty and allow all people to achieve financial stability and success

Our goal:
To help 5,000 Jackson County residents develop a pathway to financial stability and success by 2025.

It matters because 15% of Jackson County households are in poverty.  21% of households (ALICE) struggle to remain above the poverty level.


What we’re doing – Supporting these programs helps families and individuals become or stay financially stable.  For instance, our support of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program resulted in a return of $4.4 million to low-income households in 2016.


Domestic Violence Shelter Program – AWARE
An emergency shelter that provides safe, temporary housing for women and their children who have experienced domestic violence. Last year 462 women received housing, food and other resources.
Our IMPACT – Coming to the AWARE shelter wasn’t easy for Kailyn. For 18 years she watched her mother endure abuse.  Kallyn assumed this was how her life was supposed to be, too.  But…
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Financial Stability Program – Community Action Agency
Various financial stability programs including debt reduction and home ownership education that promote financial independence and self-sufficiency. 86% of participants showed a knowledge gain regarding financial management through Financial Freedom Classes.
Our IMPACT – For 8 years, Joel served his country in the Army, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  When he returned home…
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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program – Community Action Agency
An IRS sponsored program providing free income tax preparation to low-to-mid income tax payers. The VITA program served 6000 Jackson residents last year and returned more than $4.5 million to Jackson County.
Our IMPACT – Being a senior citizen, Betty is on a limited income, which leaves little room for any extra expenses. For seven years she had
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Jackson County Adult Guardian Services – Family Service & Children’s Aid
Guardian and conservator services to incapacitated adults that are vulnerable to exploitation and are unable to protect their own interests. Last year this program protected 423 Jackson County residents.
Our IMPACT – Betty’s neighbors were aware of her. They knew she was in her mid-60s, developmentally disabled and living alone. They were aware, but they didn’t really know her. That’s why it took a few days for one of Betty’s neighbors to realize
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Juvenile Diversion Program – Family Service & Children’s Aid
Provides at-risk juveniles with services promoting school attendance, improved decision-making, prevention of recidivism, and improve the family relationship. This program keeps kids out of trouble, it has a 94% success rate.
Our IMPACT – Tammy was angry. She was angry at school because she felt her teachers didn’t like her, so she
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Assisted Living For Senior Women – Jackson Friendly Home
Offers low-income housing for elderly women. Right now 50 senior women are living in a safe environment with meals and baseline healthcare at the Jackson Friendly Home.
Our IMPACT – Elizabeth spent most of her life caring for others. For decades she was a foster parent to dozens of children in need. Have a convesation with Elizabeth sometime and
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Assisted Living For Elderly Gentlemen – John George Home
Provides low-income housing for elderly men.
Our IMPACT – Bill came from a senior living apartment. He was independent, happy and able to take care of himself. But then Bill had a severe stroke. He couldn’t fully
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Legal Services for Very Low Income Individuals & Families – Legal Services of South Central Michigan
Provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals. Emphasis placed on homelessness prevention, domestic violence, and assistance in accessing food, healthcare, and basic needs cases. 99% of low-income clients who received free legal services had a successful outcome.
Our IMPACT – Guan-yin had a difficult life in China. She worked very hard with very little reward. She looked to the United States and dreamed of a better life. Desperate, she
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Jackson County Mediation/Eviction Diversion Program – Legal Services of South Central Michigan
A collaboration of Jackson County nonprofit agencies seeking to prevent homelessness and promoting family relationships and financial stability.
Our IMPACT – Lisa lives in subsidized housing. It’s affordable and she is able to pay the rent on time but most importantly it is home for her and her daughter. Lisa had to fight to keep her home and she…
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Basic Needs – Salvation Army
Provides food, energy, and housing assistance to low to moderate income residents. Last year over 8000 Jackson County Families received 5 days worth of food and nearly 3000 families were able to avoid shut off or had their utilities turned back on. 
Our IMPACT – Dorothy had hip surgery. She spent last winter in a nursing facility recovering and doing physical therapy. Her husband passed away several years ago and her family is…
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Site Based Mentoring – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson County
This is an in school, one-to-one mentoring program consisting of the Bigs In Schools Program and the Learn & Serve Teen Mentoring Classroom-to-Classroom Program. Students are paired with a caring mentor who focuses on creating social, academic, and emotional successes.  90.7% of the Bigs In Schools Students improve their reading proficiency.
Our IMPACT – In 2010, Rita, a somewhat quiet and very hard-working IT Network Analyst at Consumers Energy decided to make the commitment to become a Big Sister. Shania was…
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FIRST – Child Care Netork
Provides scholarships for low-income families giving low-income children the opportunity for high quality child care programs. The program includes in-depth case management to families, targeting areas identified by the parent(s).  100% of parents awarded FIRST scholarships for their children remained employed or in higher education programs.
Our IMPACT – As I was receiving help with my daycare bill I was able to save some money and move into a beautiful 2-bedroom apartment. My son was…
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Girl Scouts Outreach – Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan
Offers the opportunity for all girls to be a part of Girl Scouting programs. The program targets areas that are under-served with volunteer leaders, often being lower socioeconomic areas in the county. The program focuses on building character and skills needed for success in life.  92% of Girl Scout participants showed positive indicators of strong sense of self.
Our IMPACT – The Outreach Specialist notes that ‘one of the most exciting stories was…
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Attendance Connection – Jackson County ISD
A community partnership to thoroughly analyze student attendance data in hopes of creating county-wide protocols addressing absenteeism in elementary aged students.

After School Program – Lily Missions Center
After school programming that allows students to fulfill school requirements, increase state testing scores, and participate in life-building opportunities such as community service and physical activity in a safe environment.
Our IMPACT – Maria came to the Lily Missions Center in January, right after Christmas break. She had previously called United Way’s 2-1-1 and was referred to this United Way funded after-school Program. She called because…
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Energizing Education – United Way of Jackson County
An early childhood literacy/mentoring program supervised by a literacy specialist and aiming to have all Jackson County students reading at or above grade level by 3rd grade.
Our IMPACTAs a 2nd grader, Chelsea was disengaged, easily distracted and struggling in school. Her teacher recommended her for EE. It was difficult at first. Chelsea’s mentor was
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Sexual Assault Program – AWARE
Providing community education striving to eliminate sexual violence. Initial medical attention to assault victims, and counseling referrals for women and children who have experienced sexual assault or violence. 97% of AWARE presentation attendees report an increased knowledge in sexual assault and the healing process.
Our IMPACTThis 18 year-old female client has a history of early childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. She has lived with her paternal grandmother since leaving foster care.  She was kidnapped and…
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Trauma Counseling – AWARE
Individual and group counseling to women and children who have been victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. 97% of AWARE counseling clients report an understanding that domestic violence is not the fault of the victim.
Our IMPACT – Danna struggled most of her adult life. She was working, going to school and trying to raise her daughter. She hoped life would get a little easier when she moved in with her boyfriend. It got worse
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Community Based Mentoring – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson County
One-to-one mentoring program focusing on fostering healthy choices, emotional well-being, and academic success of young people through positive role-modeling relationships. At-risk youth not only develop a better sense of their own future, they also showed improvement in physical fitness and personal hygiene.
Our IMPACT – PJ is dedicated to growing his relationship with Cameron and helping him grow into the best young man he can be. They have participated in
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Outpatient Counseling – Catholic Charities
Wide range of mental health and substance abuse services for children, families, and adults with an emphasis on creating strong family relationships and maintaining good mental health. 685 people completed Outpatient Counseling last year.  90% showed mental and/or behavioral improvement.
Our IMPACT – Mary was struggling — with her children, with relationships within her family, with work, and especially with
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Breakout Drug Education – Family Service & Children’s Aid
School-based drug prevention education for middle and high school students. 78% of students who completed the Breakout Drug Education program reported that their is a “little or no chance” they will drink or use drugs until at least 18 years old.
Our IMPACT – As I am writing this, I am crying. I was getting ready to leave the bowling alley this morning when a man walked up to me and
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Family Counseling – Family Service & Children’s Aid
Accredited, comprehensive mental and behavioral health counseling program aiming to alleviate personal and interpersonal problems that create dysfunction in the family. 4,110 Family Counseling sessions were completed in 6 month, 90% showed mental and/or behavioral improvement.
Our IMPACT – The federally mandated health care safety net didn’t catch Tom and he fell through the cracks. He worked for a small company that could not provide health care insurance and he could not afford it on his own. He was desperate and about to
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Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative – Jackson County Health Department
Community initiative to reduce teen pregnancy rates in Jackson County and address contributing factors. 800 Jackson County teens have been reached through TPPI’s Teen Advisory Council.
Our IMPACTStudents from several area school districts benefitted from taking part in “I Wish” Teen Pregnancy Prevention assemblies. Hundreds of students also participated in
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Dance 4 A Healthier Jackson – Jackson School of the Arts
Offers dance classes lead by trained professionals to low income, at-risk children. 326 area children have access to regular exercise through dance classes, and positive role models.
Our IMPACT – Deana is a senior and this year she blossomed. She first came to dance class several years ago as a shy young girl who tried to shrink do to her…
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Project Access – LifeWays
Provides health care to those that cannot afford medical services and do not have insurance or do not qualify for public healthcare insurance. 62% of Project Access patients report an increased ability to work or increase their productivity after one year in the program.
Our IMPACT – Donna found a lump and it scared her. Many members of her family had breast cancer scares and now she felt like it was
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