If you or someone you know is looking for support or resources in the Detroit area, here are five resources worth checking out. These organizations offer a wide range of assistance whether you’re looking for financial support, counseling, career assistance, parenting resources or anything else.
Detroit Parent Network
The Detroit Parent Network provides a host of services to support parental development with a three-pronged approach for personal development, leadership development and parent group development. The organization, which serves about 30,000 people through its eight training and resource centers around Detroit, advocates for caregiver and parental involvement with school-age children.
Parents can take advantage of classes to strengthen their parenting skills, workshops to provide financial education, tutoring services, mentorship and college prep resources, and they can get support from other parents in the network.
The organization also offers a Pathways to Literacy program for parents who want to improve their reading and comprehension skills, and partners them with reading coaches. Its Parent Leadership Conference is an annual event that features guest speakers, workshops and free resources to support skill building.
The Detroit Parent Network is located at 726 Lothrop Road in Detroit. Call (313) 832-0617 or visit DetroitParentNetwork.org to learn more.
L.I.F.T. Women’s Resource Center
The L.I.F.T. Women’s Resource Center was created in 1992 by Oak Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church women. They created the center due to a lack of essential resources for women seeking to improve or rebuild their lives.
Center resources include work development workshops, substance abuse recovery programs, money management training, support for women living in shelters and support group resources. Through the center’s mentorship program, women can receive job search and resume writing assistance. The center also provides free child care, meals during programs and transportation services.
The center is located at 16180 Meyers Road in Detroit. Call (313) 345-9065 or visit the L.I.F.T. Women’s Resource Center Facebook page to learn more.
Julie’s List, which can be found at JuliesList.Homestead.com, was created by Julie Kennedy-Carpenter in 2006. It is one of the largest online resources for Detroiters. The website provides an extensive list of Detroit-area agencies and organizations that provide emergency housing, job resources, food and clothing, as well as financial support for utility bills, car repairs and more. It’s a valuable site for people looking for shelters, soup kitchens, pregnancy resources, grief support and even assistance during the holidays for meals and gifts. The website offers links for saving money, literacy classes, legal resources, tax assistance, domestic violence resources and more.
Focus: HOPE is an excellent resource, particularly for Detroiters in need of food assistance and career training. The organization’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program supports single parents and low-income senior citizens over the age of 60. Since Focus: HOPE was created in 1968, the organization has helped more than 21 million people in the region.
Focus: HOPE’s career programs have helped nearly 12,000 area men and women establish their careers. The organization’s high school program offers remedial courses to encourage youth to graduate, improve their grades or earn their GED. Focus: HOPE also provides job preparation workshops and college prep resources. Through certificate programs, students can attain information technology training or machinist training at a low cost. The Earn and Learn program targets at-risk youth and helps them further their education and secure employment.
Focus: HOPE is located at 1355 Oakman Boulevard in Detroit. Call (313) 494-5500 or visit FocusHope.edu to learn more.
Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency
The Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency has been providing services to low- and moderate-income families since 1971. The agency helps Detroiters and county residents with basic needs, life skills, housing services, literacy education, parenting resources and more.
The agency operates more than 60 services that assist a wide range of people. There are programs for veterans, mentally ill residents and homeless families. The agency hosts summer youth programs and after-school programs as well as transportation services. It hosts an annual baby shower for low-income expectant parents to help them be ready to welcome their babies. Additional resources for breastfeeding, nutrition, parenting and safety tips also are available.
The Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency’s corporate office is located at 2121 Biddle in Wyandotte, and it has six community service centers in Taylor, Highland Park, Detroit, Harper Woods, Hamtramck and Westland. Call the corporate office at (734) 246-2280 or visit WayneMetro.org.
For additional resources or support, you can call the Human Resources Department for the city of Detroit at (313) 224-3710.