Access to essential basic services such as nutritious food, healthcare and prescription medicines, clothing and safe shelter is not always readily available to the most vulnerable populations in our neighborhoods, especially children and seniors. Currently, we partner with 12 local programs to provide basic needs to struggling families…those we refer to as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). If someone doesn’t have their basic needs met, they cannot begin to be financial stable or focus on education. Below are the programs that received investment of United Way dollars for the fiscal year 2021-2022.

Our purpose is to continue expanding access to primary care for the underinsured and the uninsured, a need that has only grown during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic.


The Family Mental Health Counseling Program has operated for 50 years, offering therapy and counseling services to help children, adolescents, adults, and families with mental and emotional needs. This service is especially helpful to foster children who have experienced loss, trauma, and a series of difficult transitions in their lives. Foster parents also benefit from services to assist them with support, coaching, and assistance with foster children in their home who have experienced emotional disruption and trauma.


Gateway Youth Services provides services to run away, homeless, and at-risk youth. GYS operates a 24-hour crisis hotline, street outreach, emergency shelter, transitional living, rapid rehousing, and supportive housing services to run away, homeless and at-risk youth ages 12-24 in the Tri-County area.


EVE's shelter, the only dedicated Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault shelter in Ingham County, it is an emergency shelter for women and children fleeing domestic and sexual violence. The shelter is a safe place for women and children to come to when they are fleeing danger.

The PPO Office, through agreement with the court, also assists the general Lansing-area community with getting PPO forms and learning what next steps are needed to serve, enforce, change, or remove a PPO.


Habitat for Humanity Capital Region's Accessibility Ramp Program builds ramps for individuals with disabilities, Veterans, seniors, and others with mobility limitations who live in Eaton and Ingham counties.

Assist homeless families, recently rehoused formerly-homeless families, and families facing homelessness with obtaining or retaining safe, decent, and affordable permanent housing.

Helping Hands of Eaton County will distribute personal care items to low-income individuals who live in Eaton County.

This program helps individuals in the Tri-County area increase their health, safety, and stability through the provision of free civil legal services.

Through our Outreach program, we help sign people up for health coverage, obtain an EBT card, utility assistance, free food, personal needs items, use of our office telephones, fax, and computers. We also coordinate the Weekend Survival Kit Program that provides supplemental food kits for low-income children attending 9 Lansing Schools. We also operate the Mobile Farmers Market (MFM) that takes and sells fresh produce and more (at cost) into our low-income housing complexes for people who have a difficult time accessing a full service grocery store.

The THRIVE program works to ensure refugees/newcomers have access to vital assistance to healthy food. As an outcome, we plan to decrease the number of people going without healthy food and meet emergent need during a crisis.

Project 25’s purpose is to increase the health and quality of life for families with seriously ill children, expecting mothers, and parents with an infant in the Neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU). The Davies Project believes that by making healthcare accessible, children are healthier, families are higher functioning, and their quality of life is improved.