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  • 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
  • KIDS ARE COMMITTING TO BE DRUG FREE KIDS ARE COMMITTING TO BE DRUG FREEJackson County Teens Are Learning & Responding To The Right Information About Drugs & Alcohol. Jackson area teenagers are learning of the dangers of drugs and alcohol.  Not just what they are reading online or hearing from friends but the real and accurate information through the Breakout Drug Education Program.  Last year 2,352 Jackson students were engaged in the program’s presentations.  As a result most teens say there is little or no chance they will drink or use drugs while they are in high school. The program has found a way to really connect with teens.  They listen and respond, here are ... Read more
  • Helping Struggling Families Prevail Helping Struggling Families PrevailFamilies receive the assistance they need to get back on their feet. Those who have fallen on hard times, for any number of reasons, are able to get a hand up.  Low and moderate income residents have access to food, energy and housing assistance through the Salvation Army’s Basic Needs Program.  Within only a six month span 1,150 area residents were able to keep their lights on, nearly 4,000 people received enough food each to last five days and 15 families were able to stay in their homes and avoid eviction.  Instead of these families worrying about where their next meal ... Read more
  • Children Are Succeeding In Jackson Children Are Succeeding In JacksonCaring Adults Are Helping At Risk Youth Succeed! Some children do not get the support they need to be successful.  Not all children have that positive role model in their lives that will help them grow.  Without proper guidance some of these children will fall behind and many will grow up lacking confidence.  United Way of Jackson County supports Big’s in Schools, a site based mentoring program with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Jackson County.   This one to one type of mentorship is helping at risk youth in the Jackson area meet their most basic developmental needs.  Professionals are carefully paired ... Read more
  • A Healthy Jackson Works & Learns A Healthy Jackson Works & LearnsHealthy adults are able to keep their jobs, healthy children are able to learn and thrive in school.  Healthy adults are able to keep their jobs, healthy children are able to learn and thrive in school.  With so many families struggling to make ends meet in Jackson County (see the ALICE report), United Way of Jackson County wants to make sure that those who are uninsured or under-insured have access to proper health care through Project Access.   Even with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act approximately 7000 Jackson County residents will remain under-insured. Project Access offers enrollees primary care, specialty care, ... Read more
  • HELPING GIRLS MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES HELPING GIRLS MAKE HEALTHY CHOICESEmpowering young girls to feel good about who they are and to make healthy choices. Kids raising kids has been an issue in Jackson for decades.  Most teen moms rely on public assistance, they don’t receive support from their baby’s father and the majority of teen moms do not finish high school or get a GED.  While they are struggling to care for their child, teen moms are left poorly qualified to enter the job market.  The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI) facilitates the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) and the Teen Advisor Council (TAC) in Jackson County.  These programs work together to ... Read more
  • Creating Financial Independence in Jackson Creating Financial Independence in JacksonNearly 25,000 Jackson county households struggle to make ends meet (click on the ALICE Report on our home page). Many of the families that are facing financial difficulties can be helped by simply learning how to better manage their money. United Way of Jackson County supports a program that does just that. The Community Action Agency’s Financial Freedom class give’s participants the knowledge base and skills they need to achieve financial independence. Class participants learn about creating a budget plan, how to make arrangements with creditors, how to establish credit, develop goals, learn how to communicate with their spouse about ... Read more
  • Jackson School of the Arts Jackson School of the Arts The mission of The Jackson School of the Arts (JSA) is to make the arts accessible to all children regardless of their financial means.  United Way funds are used as JSA scholarships for families whose income is below the poverty line.  At risk youth have access to high quality art, dance and theatre instruction in a nurturing environment with positive adult role models.  A sustained community arts education promotes physical health, cognitive development and improved self-esteem.  If the full cost of the JSA programs were passed on to all families, only those with ample disposable income would have their children ... Read more
  • Legal Services of South Central Michigan – Jackson County Mediation/Eviction Diversion Program Legal Services of South Central Michigan - Jackson County Mediation/Eviction Diversion Program Because you give to United Way of Jackson County, low income families are able to stay in their homes.  United Way of Jackson County funds Legal Services of South Central Michigan’s (LSSCM) Jackson County Mediation/Eviction Diversion Program.  This program specifically helps families that are facing imminent loss of shelter.  The program also advocates for accessibility to safe and affordable housing for Jackson County. 99% of clients who were assigned an attorney for full representation through LCSCM had successful outcomes.  Stories vary greatly from client to client but just one example of their positive impact in Jackson can be told with Rose’s ... Read more