In Fall 2010, GenCen undertook the creation of a Community Board to strengthen the connections between the university and the community around issues relating to women and families in the region, the state and internationally.
Members of the Community Board:
A complete list of the organizations currently serving on the Community Board is below. If you would like to join GenCen's Community Board, please send us an email at , and let us know the organization you work with (and briefly explain how your organization works with women's/family issues). We are always happy to forge new connections and strengthen our community partnerships!
Alternatives For Girls (AFG) is a Detroit-based nonprofit serving homeless and high-risk girls and young women. Since 1987, AFG has provided critical services to the girls and young women they serve, including safe shelter, street outreach and educational support, vocational guidance, mentoring, prevention activities, and counseling. The goal is to empower the girls and young women they serve to make positive choices. Their mission is to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and help them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives.
The purpose of CARE is to assist survivors of domestic violence in breaking the cycle of violence, power and control in their relationships. The mission of CARE is to reduce family violence and draw on resources of various community groups to intervene in domestic violence situations. Through the program, staff and volunteers are on-call to assist those who are survivors of domestic violence. The CARE Program was developed specifically for the purpose of assisting victims of domestic violence immediately following an act of violence. Their response is immediate and intense; staff or volunteers respond by pager to the home of a Survivor within 30 minutes of the assailants' arrest (and only when an arrest has occurred). CARE staff and volunteers provide empathetic listening, education in the dynamics of power/control, and tools for empowerment. CARE assists survivors in developing a safety plan, obtaining shelter (if necessary), and accessing available community resources. CARE responds when an arrest has been made in the city of Lansing, Lansing Township, East Lansing, Meridian Township, and Michigan State University campus. CARE accepts volunteers for their response program and more information is available on their Facebook page.
Mission: To strengthen and support children, families, and individuals as they evolve and grow in a changing community.
To be a leader in human services, recognized for excellence in practice, collaboration, and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations.
Child and Family Charities has been protecting and strengthening families in mid-Michigan. Initially established as Associated Charities of Lansing, the purpose of this private, nonprofit organization is to professionally and compassionately address the needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children and youth and their families, assisting them in overcoming crisis and the tough obstacles families face in a constantly changing society.
The Firecracker Foundation provides child survivors of sexual trauma and their families with high quality, consistent holistic healing services like individual mental health therapy, trauma sensitive yoga therapy and caretaker support groups.
Therapists qualified to treat pediatric sexual trauma survivors are contracted to provide services out of their current practice locations for children ages 18. Yoga classes for teen survivors between the ages of 13 and 17 years of age and children under the age of 12 are taught by instructors trained to provide trauma sensitive yoga therapy. In partnership with St. Vincent Catholic Charities, Caretaker Support Groups are offered in 8 week sessions for parents and legal guardians of child survivors of sexual trauma.
Therapeutic services are provided at no cost to children whose families are unable to afford care elsewhere.
Community members are invited to participate in Darkness to Light and advocacy training semi-annually. Volunteers, board members, contracted therapists and yoga instructors are required to participate in background checks and training to protect the children and families seeking healing within this community.
The role of the Ingham County Women's Commission is to advise the Ingham County Board of Commissioners with regard to the impact of the Board's actions and policies relative to women, and to research and recommend better ways of meeting the needs of women through County resources. The Women's Commission works with the Equal Opportunity Committee in recommending methods of overcoming discrimination against women in County employment, civil and political recognition of women's accomplishments and contributions to Ingham County.
The Lansing Area AIDS Network is dedicated to the delivery of services and programs designed to meet the needs of those living with HIV and AIDS and to help prevent the further spread of the virus. They strive to respond effectively, knowledgeably and compassionately to the challenges brought about by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Their values include a client-centered focus encompassing education/prevention advocacy and care, the integrity of their services and use of their resources, acknowledging everyone's right to have their basic needs met, the importance of volunteerism, the belief that everyone has the responsibility to respond to the pandemic, facing the unknown with hope, and an affirmation of diversity in their Board, staff, volunteers, clients and community.
The 15-member board, appointed in three-year terms by the Governor, works to improve the quality of life for Michigan women, including providing support for female veterans, fighting human trafficking, assisting women business owners, and encouraging young women to become strong leaders. The Michigan Women's Commission helps to improve the quality of life for Michigan women by studying the status of women; directing attention to critical problems confronting women; recommending methods of overcoming discrimination against women; helping women develop their skills and continue their education; reviewing and providing advice concerning women in areas such as employment, health, education and business; and recognizing women's accomplishments and contributions to the state.
The Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame displays cultural and historical exhibits on the accomplishments of Michigan women and maintains a library of materials on this subject. Their mission is to inspire and engage adults and children by celebrating Michigan women's history, promoting educational opportunities, and honoring the accomplishments of Michigan women. The Center is also home to the Belen Gallery in which the work of Michigan women artists is shown. In addition to overseeing the museum, the Michigan Women's Studies Association periodically sponsors an academic conference to bring more visibility to women's roles in history and current issues in women's studies.
MSU Safe Place is the only relationship violence shelter on a college campus in the nation. The primary purpose of MSU Safe Place is to ensure the personal safety, welfare and dignity of those who experience relationship violence within the MSU community. Goals include: (a) Providing temporary and safe shelter, advocacy, support and referrals for MSU students, staff, faculty or their partners, as well as members of the Greater Lansing community, who experience domestic violence, including minor children of those who are abused; (b) Increasing community awareness about relationship violence in the hopes of improving prevention efforts and community responsiveness to this issue; (c) Offering a learning environment for members of the community, through volunteer and internship opportunities.
Through community engagement and mobilization, NorthWest Initiative advances the development of healthy, vibrant communities by building capacity to identify needs and formulate strategies to create change. NorthWest Initiative was founded in 2000 to improve the overall health of residents of the north and west sides of Lansing. Our dedicated staff members provide a range of services, information and referrals to individuals with a wide range of needs including access to health care, produce, transportation, and housing. NWI Outreach provides health and wellness services for the community, and leads community improvement and advocacy initiatives on issues of concern to residents. Program partners include residents, neighborhood organizations, local nonprofit organizations, human service agencies, Experience Works Program, and departments of Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, and Spring Arbor University.
The mission of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan is to protect and enhance the ability of affiliates to deliver reproductive healthcare services by affecting policy makers through electoral and non-electoral activities. PPAM works with its national and local Planned Parenthood sister organizations to fulfill our shared trifold mission of Health Care, Education, and Advocacy. PPAM is the statewide voice of Michigan Planned Parenthood affiliates and patients. Based on our mission, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan believes... in fighting for justice, tolerance, diversity and against injustice and intolerance; quality family planning health services should be universally accessible and affordable; family planning decisions should be voluntary and confidential and include a full range of reproductive options for everyone; each individual, regardless of age, has a right to complete and accurate information about sexuality and reproductive rights; the citizenry should be educated and informed about reproductive health issues in order to advocate for them and related issues; in advocating for policies that support strong families so that every child will be a wanted child; in prevention first, intervention second, and purposeful intention always; there are no easy ways to reduce unintended pregnancy, the need for abortion, and premature parenthood but that the best way is through comprehensive education and quality medical services; the citizenry should have information about positions of elected officials and candidates. With a proud tradition of legislative advocacy and on-the-ground organizing, the PPAM team members leading these efforts are located in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit. We are committed to ensuring that women and families in our state have access to the quality, affordable healthcare they need and deserve.
The mission of SIREN/Eaton Shelter is to promote the elimination of domestic violence and homelessness by providing temporary housing, support, advocacy, education, and information to the community. SIREN/Eaton Shelter is committed to holding batterers responsible for their actions. SIREN is also committed to seeking opportunities to raise public awareness about homelessness and domestic violence in the community and providing clients with information about resources in the community in order to facilitate their making an informed choice about their options. SIREN/Eaton Shelter provides the following services: Confidential 24-hour domestic violence crisis line; Emergency shelter and transitional housing; Supportive Counseling for residents and non-residents; Weekly support/education group for adults and children who have experienced family violence (residents and non-residents may attend this group); Information and referral to needed resources. SIREN also offers the following services to both domestic violence survivors and homeless families: Emergency shelter and transitional housing; Case management and referral to needed resources; Life skills instruction; Food, clothing, furniture, and household item bank.
The Association's mission is to create and sustain a strong, healthy, vibrant South Lansing community, where citizens feel connected to each other, demonstrate ownership in their community, share knowledge and resources, and work together toward positive change. South Lansing CDA's priorities are guided by the voices of the community. They provide programs, resources, and advocacy to achieve goals identified by stakeholders. To date, these include: Strengthening place attachment and pride in South Lansing; Empowering residents to improve their neighborhoods; Sharing the economic and environmental benefits of buying local; Improving access to healthy foods and nutrition information; Protecting and enhancing urban green spaces; Promoting active living by design; Increasing awareness of broad-spectrum community resources; Facilitating community dialog on issues of mutual interest; Encouraging stakeholder participation in community problem solving; Collaborating on citywide community development initiatives; Advocating for policies that stimulate community and economic growth.
The Women's Center of Greater Lansing is a private nonprofit organization that provides support services to women in the Lansing area, having served over 5,000 women since 2005. The Women's Center is dedicated to helping women realize their potential, support each other, achieve economic self-sufficiency, and develop emotional and physical well-being, regardless of income level. The Women's Center works closely with MSU, LCC, Eve Shelter and Safe Place, the two local domestic violence shelters, and with a women's homeless shelter. The center offers career counseling and resume preparation, individual counseling, and a wide variety of support groups and workshops. The center is committed to providing valuable, innovative resources and services in an atmosphere that fosters mutual support, insight and growth for women of all backgrounds and ages as they strive to realize their own unique potential.
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