FINANCIAL STABILITY

Our goal is to promote financial stability and independence across Jackson County’s population.

It matters because 18% of Jackson County households are in poverty.  23% of households (ALICE) struggle to remain above the poverty level.

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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 $4.56 million to low-income households in 2015.

PROGRAMS FUNDED

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 IMPACTIn the process of preparing this year’s tax return, Cindy explained to the VITA volunteer that she was about to be evicted because she…
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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 IMPACT13-year-old James came to the Juvenile Diversion and Truancy Prevention Program earlier this year.  James was a first time offender with an…
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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 – Maxine is one of the most recent Jackson Friendly Home residents.  Maxine was a
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Assisted Living For Elderly Gentlemen – John George Home
Provides low-income housing for elderly men.
Our IMPACTBob came to the John George Home from a nursing home a few months ago.  He knew that he didn’t have a long time to live due to his…
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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 – Alice showed up to the Legal Services office on her eviction day, upset and emotional. She quickly met with a lawyer and…
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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 IMPACTCarl and Emily needed help.  Carl’s company was struggling which meant his job was eliminated.  A couple weeks later the same thing happened to Emily.  Just like that a stable family was…
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