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Char-Em United Way

Community Partners


Human Services Coordinating Body of Charlevoix and Emmet Counties
The Human Services Coordinating Body of Emmet and Charlevoix Counties is the state-endorsed Community Collaborative body for this two county area. The mission of the HSCB is to facilitate inter agency cooperation, coordination and collaboration for the improvement of human services.

Gail Kloss, Co-Chairperson                                   
Women's Resource Center of NM                                                      
Ph: 231-347-0067                                                 


Great Start Collaborative
The Great Start Collaborative of Charlevoix, Emmet, and N. Antrim Counties will promote and develop a comprehensive system of support, education, and wellness for 0-5 age children and their families. Inclusive in the system are the unique concerns of our community, specific data and outcomes that will drive activities and resources of the collaborative effort. The results of these efforts are strength in human and economic assets for our community now and in the future. Click here for the Great Start Resource Guide.

Maureen Hollocker, Director
Char-Em ISD
08568 Mercer Blvd.
Charlevoix, Michigan 49720
Ph: 231-582-8070
Fax: 231-582-8082




Emergency Food and Shelter Program
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program began in 1983 with a $50 million federal appropriation. The program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter.


Char-Em United Way is the local administrator of the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program, in 2015 the program brought $46,090 of federal funds into our community, down from past years when the counties recieved over $71,000. In 2015, funds were distributed to: The Manna Food Project (and shared with the pantries working in each of our communities), The Salvation Army, Women's Resource Center, St. Vincent de Paul, and St. Francis Church.

Lorraine Manary, Executive Director
Char-Em United Way
2350 Mitchell Park Dr.
PO Box 1701
Petoskey, Michigan 49770
Ph: 231-487-1006





Strive2Thrive - a framework for success.

Strive2Thrive is a workgroup of the Char-Em Human Services Coordinating Body. Initial work on this initiative has been spearheaded by Char-Em United Way and the Manna Food Project.  It is the mission of the Strive2Thrive workgroup to provide a framework for success based on research such as the Brookings Institute Opportunity Report, and The Social Genome Project: Mapping Pathways to the Middle Class, as well as, How Much Could We Improve Children’s Life Chances by Intervening Early and Often?  The framework will address key areas of need in our community at proven tipping points in a persons life.

(sub goals of the Social Genome Project)

Char-Em United Way is providing leadership & coordination to this groups activities in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.


Homeless Continuum of Care 

The Homeless Continuum of Care (CofC) is a workgroup of the Char-Em Human Services Coordinating Body. The focus of this workgroup is to solve homelessness in our communities by working directly with individuals and families facing eviction, homelessness, and the myriad of issues related to this situation.

The group dated the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties in 2012. Download a copy.

For more information contact.

 John McClintock, Co-Chair                 Jamie Winters, Co-Chair

NMCAA                                           Women's Resource Center
2240 Mitchell Park Drive, Unit A.             423 Porter St.
Petoskey, MI 49770                          Petoskey, MI 49770
Ph: 231-347-9070                            Ph: 231-347-0067
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