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  • 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
  • United Way of Jackson County – Energizing Education United Way of Jackson County - Energizing Education If students are not reading at grade level by 3rd grade they will fall behind in their learning.  It’s at that critical age when children transition from learning to read and start reading to learn.  Jackson has a multi-generational issue of poverty, and education is the pathway out of poverty.  The goal of Energizing Education is to ensure all Jackson County students are reading at grade level by the 4th grade.  To make that target, Energizing Education uses In-School mentoring and Family Engagement. In-School Mentors are volunteers who have one on one reading time with at risk youth.  They visit with ... Read more
  • Catholic Charities of Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale – Outpatient Counseling Program Catholic Charities of Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale - Outpatient Counseling Program Even with the onset of the Affordable Care Act there are still many in Jackson County who don’t have proper access to services that address mental health and substance abuse issues.  The Outpatient Counseling program offered by Catholic Charities of Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale provides those services on a sliding scale to Jackson residents who qualify.  The program emphasizes using a strengths-based perspective by using a person’s natural abilities and supports to overcome hardship and illness in addition to maintaining good mental health and positive relationships once treatment ends. The Outpatient Counseling Program focuses on providing clients with the skills, ... Read more
  • UWJXN’s Central Michigan 2-1-1 UWJXN's Central Michigan 2-1-1 Central Michigan 2-1-1 is the only comprehensive referral program in Jackson County.  2-1-1 is the free, easy to remember and confidential telephone number that links people with human services they need.  Trained professionals are available day and night.  Those calling 2-1-1 are able to get the information they need, are pointed in the right direction and are encouraged to follow through.  Central Michigan 2-1-1 is located inside Lifeways and serves 9 counties, including Jackson County.  In 2014 nearly 27,000 calls were made locally to 2-1-1 with appropriate referrals made.  An example of just one of the thousands of calls Central ... Read more