United Way

IMPACTS! Blog

  • ELDERLY MEN HAVE A HOME IN JACKSON ELDERLY MEN HAVE A HOME IN JACKSONEveryone should have a roof over their head, especially the elderly. Elderly men who would otherwise be homeless or in another type of desperate situation have a home at the John George Home.  The John George Home offers low-income housing, food and community service to Jackson’s most vulnerable senior citizens.  100% of the John George Home residents report they are completely satisfied with the provided home like environment.  Bob is just one of many who made this place his home. Late in 2014 Bob came to the John George Home from another assisted living organization.  He knew he didn’t have long to ... Read more
  • GIVING REFERRALS TO PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP GIVING REFERRALS TO PEOPLE WHO NEED HELPIf you are looking for assistance with a problem and don’t know where to turn, 2-1-1 is for you. When residents of Jackson County need help they call 2-1-1.  Central Michigan 2-1-1 provides comprehensive information and referral services to everyone.  2-1-1 also increases awareness of the much needed programs and services in our community.  Just from June to December last year over 17,000 calls for assistance were made to 2-1-1 by Jackson County residents.  Every call was answered and every call had a referral made.  Individuals were able to follow through on their own with the referral.  Shawn’s story is just ... Read more
  • PROVIDING COUNSELING FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST PROVIDING COUNSELING FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT MOSTIncreasing Healthy Behaviors for Children and Adults. United Way of Jackson County funds counseling that addresses all types of circumstances including parent-child alienation, child behavior problems, child abuse and neglect, grief to loss, marriage conflicts, substance abuse, depression and work/life issues.  Because of this support, Family Services & Children’s Aid can provide a Family Counseling program on a sliding scale to the uninsured and underinsured.  Within six months this program served 685 clients with 90% demonstrating improvement in mental and behavioral functioning.  Positive outcomes mean families stay together, adults continue to work and children remain in school.  Here is just one ... Read more
  • JACKSON’S ELDERLY WOMEN HAVE A HOME JACKSON'S ELDERLY WOMEN HAVE A HOMEFood, Shelter, Health Care and Family We are making sure elderly women in Jackson are provided with meals, a roof over their head and baseline health care.  The United Way of Jackson County Supports the Jackson Friendly Home, a nonprofit affordable option offering a home-like atmosphere that encourages independence.  Women are often referred to the home through a physician or after their primary caregivers decide they can no longer take care of them alone.  If it wasn’t for The Jackson Friendly Home, some of Jackson’s most delicate citizens would be living on the streets.  For example, Tracy now has a home ... Read more
  • GIRLS LEARN LIFE SKILLS AND POSITIVE VALUES GIRLS LEARN LIFE SKILLS AND POSITIVE VALUESReaching Out To Girls Who Need It Most!   Due to lack of transportation, funding or volunteer support, many girls who need the benefits of girl scouts are not able to access them.  United Way of Jackson County supports the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan Outreach Program which brings youth development opportunities to young girls who need it most.  The Outreach Program is at work in several Jackson Public School locations, the Jackson District Library, the Lily Missions Center and the Martin Luther King Community Center.  In a traditional setting a volunteer would be the role model and mentor for these young ... Read more
  • HELPING EVERYONE ACHIEVE GOOD MENTAL HEALTH HELPING EVERYONE ACHIEVE GOOD MENTAL HEALTHImproving Relationships, Employment and Education Through Counseling For Low Income Individuals and Families. We are helping children, families and adults of Jackson County deal with mental and substance abuse issues.  United Way of Jackson County supports Outpatient Counseling through Catholic Charities of Jackson.  The goal is to provide every individual in our community the opportunity to achieve strong, healthy, caring, family relationships with good mental health.  Successful outcomes have positively impacted housing, employment and family relationships in our community.  Low income families who are going through counseling are becoming self-sufficient, children in the program are succeeding in the classroom and have ... Read more
  • HELPING FAMILIES BECOME FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT AND STABLE HELPING FAMILIES BECOME FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT AND STABLEFamilies in Jackson are getting ahead! Jackson’s working poor are getting their money back.  United Way of Jackson County supports the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  The Community Action Agency recruits and trains volunteers to prepare free taxes for qualifying families.   Just last year this program was responsible for bringing nearly $5 million back to Jackson County.  Tax return money that otherwise wouldn’t be there.  Those dollars and cents are being spent at local grocery stores, going to purchase clothing for children, paying bills to help keep the lights on, it’s money that is  being spent in Jackson County by ... Read more
  • EMPOWERING WOMEN EMPOWERING WOMENThe AWARE Shelter Provides Sanctuary & Counseling for Survivors of Domestic Violence Jackson’s AWARE shelter helps survivors of domestic violence heal and move forward with their lives.  AWARE offers free assistance, counseling, and support.  The AWARE shelter empowers women to live a violence free life. Through counseling, women and children learn domestic violence is not their fault.  Women attending counseling understand they have access to treatment to address mental health concerns now or in the future.  Children attending counseling at the AWARE shelter discuss different aspects of health, including physical and emotional.  The AWARE shelter helps their clients move forward in life. ... Read more
  • FIGHTING IN THE COURTS TO KEEP FAMILIES STABLE AND VICTIMS SAFE FIGHTING IN THE COURTS TO KEEP FAMILIES STABLE AND VICTIMS SAFELegal Services To The Very Low Income Individual & Families Jackson’s most vulnerable population has access to legal services.  Services that will help keep them in their homes and services that protect them from domestic violence situations.  Those who are eligible can get legal assistance in accessing health care, food and needs-based income programs.  From July through December last year nearly 2000 Jackson County residents received this free legal service.  99% of these cases had successful outcomes.  Rose and her family are just one example of the positive impact this program is having in Jackson County. Rose contacted Legal Services of South ... Read more
  • AT-RISK YOUTH WILL NOT BE LEFT BEHIND AT-RISK YOUTH WILL NOT BE LEFT BEHINDChildren are not falling behind, they are getting ahead! Children who lack structure and guidance after school are at greater risk for falling behind in their academics and are more likely to make poor choices that could negatively impact their lives.  The Lily Mission Center provides safe, structured activities during non-school hours and ongoing interaction with caring adults.  They maintain an environment that enhances the school experience and an opportunity for Jackson youth to give back to their community through volunteering. Most children attending the Lily Mission Center After School Program increase their math score, show improved reading fluency and increased reading ... Read more