St. Vincent de Paul of Traverse City programs.

Grand Traverse County St. Vincent de Paul works with disadvantaged residents across the county and city of Traverse to help them overcome their challenges. While the goal is to offer help, unfortunately in many cases this is not always possible. Maybe resources have been used up, or the applicant does not qualify for aid. In these cases the staff will try to refer the person to other options in Grand Traverse County.

Society of Saint Vincent Grand Traverse senior programs

The volunteers can provide referrals to The Adult Day Health service. This was created to address the social and medical needs of the elderly in the community. Services are provided in an ambulatory care setting under health leadership for low to moderate income adults who do not yet require 24 hour care, however, are not able to fully live an independent lifestyle. Conditions preventing this may be mental, physical or be on the social spectrum. Staff at the agency are certified in CPR and First Aid. There is a nurse on staff at all times at the facility.

There is also part time help for caregivers of impaired clients. This is offered from Saint Vincent volunteers and other partners, such as the United Way in Grand Traverse. This care is available to any person from any income level and the Adult Day Program is a Medicaid provider. Client fees are determined via a social model using a sliding fee scale.

While Telephone Life Line Services is for people of all ages, many low income seniors find it most beneficial. The federal program provides a free or discounted wireless phone application service that will provide household with a free cell phone with limited voice minutes each month. The phone is limited to one per person per address and is part of the Lifeline program. This is funded by the Universal Service Fund.

The application process is fast and easy. An Grand Traverse County St. Vincent de Paul staff member is available for assistance with the application in terms of completing and submitting it to the appropriate phone company. This allows low-income clients, in particular the elderly, a way to stay connected with various support systems as well as to have access to emergency communication if needed.




Resources for the youth

They volunteers may have information on the Grand Traverse County Head Start Program that works with disadvantaged children from low-income families to promote early language, literacy, numeracy skills and more. It will also work with the student to promote creativity in the development of preschool children. This service, which  St. Vincent de Paul has information on, also strengthens self-confidence and independence within the family unit.

As part of Head Start, Grand Traverse County St. Vincent de Paul works to create services deemed necessary for a vulnerable family if such programs do not currently exist. Education opportunities are available for both the children and parents. They can enroll into free health services (whether medical/dental), nutrition and also access special services for children with disabilities. Transportation, social services and increased parent involvement are also included in the program.

Saint Vincent of Traverse City Michigan supports the entire family. Parents involved in Head Start work together with staff on the administrative and programmatic operations of the centers. By participating in the process, parents are able to enrich their parenting skills and are recognized as the main educator for their children. The center has many volunteers and community workers as well.

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Program in Grand Traverse was designed to maintain the safety of teenagers and children. It works to bring them in off the street and possibly reconcile with their families if the opportunity arises. This program supports residents of the county and their families in the age group of 21 years and younger and provides free, confidential services.

In addition, many other services are available for these unfortunate or even homeless youth including crisis counseling; advocacy with other churches; prevention education; referrals to other agencies/services; transportation when necessary and aftercare services. Short term residential services are available through a volunteer Host Family Homes program or staff is available to work with youth from Grand Traverse County who are not residing within the program. It runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, however, any interested youth must call to start the process as it is only offered on a voluntary basis only.

Grand Traverse County St. Vincent de Paul housing resources

The Housing and Community Services from the Society of Saint Vincent has funding for low-income individuals and families facing a crisis. As part of the assistance offered, there may be counseling, emergency rent help, funds for security deposits, and more.





-Rental Assistance Program – This will offer one time support. The applicant must show ability to afford rent in the future.
-HTBA (Home Tenant Based Assistance) – This is a subsidy. Applicants must be very low-income and qualify by preference points and fund availability.
-St. Vincent Self-sufficiency is for the homeless.
-Permanent housing in traverse City is for homeless mentally ill individuals. It will help with security deposit only. The property must pass inspection.
-Transitional Housing from Society of St. Vincent de Paul is for families with children, including single moms. Applicants must be either homeless or at risk of being evicted.

Additional support for self-sufficiency

Al across of Grand Traverse County, St. Vincent de Paul can direct people to job training and education. Resources are available for struggling clients. Whether they have a job or are unemployed, support is for those in the community who seek to find long term, stable employment.

Clients may work with a specialist on cover letters, create resumes, pay bills, check email, conduct job searches, do homework, research, conduct searches for government services, etc. Some of the workshops offered by local churches may include access to computer workshops for learning basic and advanced skills. Those who participant in the class can learn the basics of Microsoft Word or Excel, Windows and other useful programs typical in the workforce. Internet, email and other necessary skills for employment and life are covered as well.

The faith based group will not discriminated based on religion, so all faiths can seek help. The main office is at 1207 Woodmere Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686, dial (231) 947-8466.



By Jon McNamara

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