Community Partners

Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) - The ICHD’s mission is to carry out the Ingham County Board of Commissioners’ responsibilities to protect and promote the health of Ingham County residents.  This is done through programs to prevent and control communicable diseases, programs to protect citizens from environmental hazards and several efforts and programs to link county residents to an organized system of health care.  Their main facility is located at 5303 S. Cedar Street, Lansing, MI 48911.  Phone - (517) 887-4311

Ingham County Department of Human Services
(DHS) - DHS is Michigan’s public assistance, child and family welfare agency.  DHS directs the operation of public assistance and service programs through a network of over 100 county offices throughout the State.  Their mission is to improve the quality of life in Michigan in providing services to vulnerable children and adults that will strengthen the community and enable families and individuals to move toward independence.  In Ingham County, they are located at 5303 S. Cedar Street, Lansing, MI 48911.  Phone (517) 887-9400; In Clinton County they are located at 105 W. Tolles Road, St. Johns, MI 48879. Phone - (989) 224-5500

Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialists - Counselors are located in most Michigan Works offices.  These employment service professionals are available to assist program eligible veterans and their spouses in need of additional help in securing appropriate employment.  In Lansing they are located at 2110 S. Cedar Street, Lansing, MI 48910. Phone - (517) 492-5500; In St. Johns they are located at 101 West Cass Street, St Johns, MI 48879. (989) 224-2000 

Michigan Veterans Task Force (MVTF) – The MVTF is a Faith based group that provides care and support for all veterans, service members and their families before, during and after deployments.  They work with community organizations, the criminal justice department and community health organizations to help educate and refer service members through the process of healing from a spiritual, social, emotional, and family oriented approach.  POC is Cpt G Beelen.  He can be reached at (517) 481-8114 or by email at gbeelen@mivettaskforce.com.

Food Bank Council of Michigan - is a Statewide organization that is committed to the alleviation of hunger in our state and nation.  The FBCM gathers food and funds to help stock Michigan’s food banks, which is then distributed throughout the state-wide food bank network.  The Greater Lansing Food Bank provides services for Ingham, Clinton, Clare, Gratiot, Isabella and Shiawassee counties.  They can be reached at (517) 853-7800.  They are located at 919 Filley Street, Lansing, MI 48906.  For emergency food assistance in Ingham County call ((517) 393-4537.  Clinton County residents can call (989) 224-6702 for emergency food assistance. 

Michigan Veterans Coalition (MVC) - is made of 5 congressionally chartered veterans service organizations.  Their service officers are accredited with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and receive training throughout the year on the benefits veteran’s are entitled.  The Members of the MVC are:

The American Legion, Department of Michigan (313) 964-6640
The Disabled American Veterans, Department of Michigan (313) 964-6595
The Marine Corps League, Department of Michigan (313) 964-6830
The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of Michigan (313) 964-6888
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Michigan (313) 964-6510

Lansing Community College - LCC is acknowledged as a Military Friendly School.  These are the top 20% of schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military schools.   LCC offers over 240 programs that will prepare you for a degree or certificate in your chosen field.  Contacts:  Bev Baligad at (517) 483-9632; baligb@lcc.edu or James Bender (517) 482-9632; bender@lcc.edu.

Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) – MSHDA oversees and administers a variety of rental housing programs.  Voucher programs administered by MSHDA include the Housing Choice Voucher, Project Based Voucher and the Veterans Administration Supportive Housing program.  For Section 8 housing contact MSDHA at (517) 373-9344. 

Military One Source – Offers a wide variety of services to both the military community and the veteran community.  Military One Source deals with any and all topics that a service member or dependent of a service member would be interested in.  Their newsletters (free subscriptions) include Military OneSource; Military Community and Family Policy; Spouse Education and Career Opportunities; The Exceptional Advocate; and the Joint Family Support Assistance Program.  A Military OneSource consultant for assistance can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1 (800) 342-9647.     

Operation Homefront – This nationwide program assists military families during difficult financial times by providing assistance for items such as food, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, and others.  They have several other programs including assistance for the caregiver of a wounded warrior.  The local contact in the Lansing, MI area is (517) 699-1025 or (800) 692-0956.    

VA Medical Center Battle Creek - a full service VA Medical Center, the Battle Creek VAMC is located at 5500 Armstrong Road in Battle Creek, MI 49037.  Their main line is (269) 966-5600. 

VA Health Care System  Ann Arbor – a full service VA Medical Center, The VA Health Care System Ann Arbor is located at 2215 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.  Their main line is 1 (800) 361-8387.

54B Ingham County Veterans Treatment Court – The goal of the Ingham County Veteran’s Treatment Court is to divert eligible veteran-defendants from the traditional court process to a specialized criminal court docket.  These veterans suffer from substance dependency and/or mental illness and are charged with what are typically felony or misdemeanor criminal offenses.  With this in mind, the court substitutes a treatment problem solving model for traditional court processing. 

VFW National Home for Children – This donation funded program provides housing and support services to struggling military and veteran families from across the nation at their 70 acre campus village.  They are located at 3573 S. Waverly Road, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. (517) 663-1521. 

Eaglevision Ministries – Eaglevision Ministries original vision of offer transitional housing for ex-offenders continues to this day.  They have added a Veterans’ Employment and Training Program to assist those that sacrificed for our country.  All services and training offered through the E-VET program are free to eligible veterans.

Brain Injury Association of Michigan
– Early in 2007, the Brain Injury Association of Michigan created a Veteran’s Program to specifically help our combatants returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with the complex traumatic brain injury issues.  Called the “invisible wound” because a very serious injury can be sustained without visible indicators, TBI has been named the “Signature Wound” of the War on Terror.  The Brain Injury Association of Michigan offices are located in Brighton at 7305 Grand River, Suite 100, Brighton, MI 48114-7379.  Their toll free number is 1 (800) 444-6443 or for Veterans 1 (800) 772-4323. 

Capital Area United Way – The purpose of Capital Area United Way is to provide local employers, employees and other donors a cost-effective system to address community health and human service needs through charitable gifts of time, money and goods.

Advent House MinistriesAdvent House is an active participant in the Greater Lansing Homeless Resolution Network; a coalition of area agencies focused on serving the homeless.  Over 20 years old, Advent House, a non-profit organization has adapted to the changing needs of the Lansing area homeless.  The can be contacted at (517) 485-4722 and are located at 743 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing, MI 48915.

Buddy-to- Buddy Volunteer Veteran ProgramBuddy-to-Buddy is a peer-to-peer outreach program that trains veterans to provide peer support and linkage to needed resources for Michigan Post 9/11 service members and veterans.  The program was developed at the University of Michigan in partnership with the Michigan Army National Guard; faculty from the Veterans Administration Health System and Michigan State University; and veteran advocates to address the unique challenges that may arise throughout the deployment cycle.

DAV Van ProgramDAV provides Lansing area veterans with transportation to the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek, MI.  Reservations are required.  For more information please contact (888) 214-1247.

Peckham Incorporated – A nonprofit vocational rehabilitation organization, provides job training opportunities for persons with significant disabilities, and other barriers to employment.  Peckham provides people with physical, cognitive, behavioral and social-economic challenges, a platform to demonstrate their ability, learn new skill, participate in work and enjoy the rewards of their success.  Peckham Inc. is located at 3510 Capital City Blvd, Lansing, MI 48906-2102.  Their toll free number is 1 (877) 394-6501.

Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center – Origami is a joint veteran between Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Peckham, Inc.  This is a non-profit organization offering a continuum of care for adults who hae sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI).  They work as a team, bringing together committed professionals who use a unique interdisciplinary approach and a network of community resources to meet the physical, social, spiritual, cognitive, and emotional needs of those who have sustained a brain injury.  They are located at 3181 Sandhill Road in Mason, MI 48854.  Their phone number is (517) 336-6060.

Cooley Law School – Since 2007, Thomas Cooley’s Service to Soldiers: Legal Assistance Referral program has been offering free legal assistance to Michigan military personnel who are deploying to, are serving in, or have recently returned from deployment and are experiencing civilian legal concerns.  This program is offered state wide to servicemembers of E5 rank or below, and works cooperatively with other veteran and military assistance programs throughout Michigan.  POC at Cooley Law School is Kathy Lawrence (517) 371-5140, ext 2837 or lawrenck@cooley.edu.

Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (GRHFV) – The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans is one of two State of Michigan elderly care facilities (that provides long term care and domiciliary living for qualified veterans and their spouses.  The home provides outstanding care to veterans who need assistance with daily activities as well as therapeutic services.  The GRHFV is located at 3000 Monroe Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.  Their phone number is 1(800) 642-4838

Wounded Warrior Project – The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.  Everyone’s recovery process is different and their goal is to help the Wounded Warrior find a program that fits both the needs of the Wounded Warrior and their family.  Programs focus on the Wounded Warriors Mind, Body, Economic Empowerment and Engagement.   Their quarterly magazine After Action Report  is available as a free subscription.

United Service Organizations (USO) – The USO is one of the oldest and most respected organizations in the military and veteran community.  They provide assisted to transitioning troops, deployed troops, military families, wounded, ill and injured service members, and to the families of the fallen.  Their digital magazine On Patrol is available as a free subscription.

A Place for Mom – Connects seniors and families like yours to the right senior care so you can save precious time and focus on what’s most important.  From finding the right nursing home, dementia care or assisted living facility to researching veteran’s benefits and financing senior care, they will be with you each step of the way.  All at no cost to you.  Local contact in the Lansing, MI area is Carol Walker 1 (866) 361-3763.