Cristo Rey Community Center
CRCC is one of the two main non-profit partners for the Financial Empowerment Center, and is a basic-needs service center that provides access to food, medical care and mental health programs and to all our neighbors in need. Since 1968 we have been working to heal the sick, feed the hungry, protect and enrich children, engage and honor our elderly, and advocate for the most vulnerable in our community. Cristo Rey Community Center has helped many people get back on their feet during difficult times, has not turned them away when they needed a doctor, food or clothing; when things felt the most desperate they were treated with the understanding and compassion that everyone deserves.
Capital Area Community Services (CACS)
CACS is one of the two main non-profit partners of the Financial Empowerment Center and co-recipient of the grant to City of Lansing from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund. The agency's mission is: "To eliminate the causes and conditions of poverty in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, and Shiawassee Counties". CACS offers such services to the community as direct vendor payments for home heating and rent/mortgage assistance; free VITA tax preparation services; commodity foods distribution and emergency food assistance; homeless prevention services; and senior services. Two full-time counselors, Jim Crain and Sonia Diallo, deliver free financial counseling appointments at CACS Monday through Friday. In 2013, CACS has referred 40% of all Financial Empowerment Center clients.
Lansing Community College (LCC)
LCC is the official training partner of the Financial Empowerment Center. Their 48-hour training course, "Personal and Consumer Finance" must be completed by all counselors and managers of the Center. This course is part of LCC's Business and Community Institute (BCI) offerings. It is open to the public - you too can be trained in financial counseling!
Volunteers of America (VOA)
Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Since 1896, their ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. On Saturdays, the Financial Empowerment Center provides counseling on-site at VOA to benefit the homeless veterans who reside at the VOA facility in Lansing. In 2013, VOA has referred 12% of all Financial Empowerment Center clients. This year, 22 previously homeless veterans were able to secure housing after receiving free financial counseling at the Center.
Ingham County Department of Human Services (DHS)
Ingham County DHS helps residents access food assistance, cash assistance, child care, medical insurance, State Emergency Relief (SER), weatherization programs, and more. Kenyata Love Davidson delivers free financial counseling appointments at DHS on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. In 2013, DHS has referred 5% of all Financial Empowerment Center clients.
Tabernacle of David Church (TODC)
Tabernacle of David Church provides emergency services, homeless services and foreclosure counseling, as well as other services, including providing meals to college students every second Sunday of the month. TODC offers its facilities to the Financial Empowerment Center into the evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, to accommodate those whose work schedules will not allow for daytime appointments. Kenyata Love Davidson is the counselor on-site at TODC. In 2013, Tabernacle of David Church has referred 5% of all Financial Empowerment Center clients.
Advent House Ministries
Advent House Ministries offers help and hope for those who struggle with poverty and homelessness. Their programs include a weekend day shelter, transitional housing, employment readiness training and job placement assistance, and a GED Academy. Rebecca Urban offers financial counseling on-site at Advent House Ministries on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the day. Advent House has referred 2% of all Financial Empowerment Center clients to date.