Programs and Services
Faith in Action provides the following services:
- Clothing and Household Goods: Donated from local sources and shared with area families, the clothing room is available to anyone free of charge. Whether you’re starting up a new household or simply stretching limited resources, you may shop at the FIA Clothing Room every two weeks up to 12 times each year, 3 grocery bags of items/visit. An average of 10-15 family groups shop the Clothing Room each day.
- Benefits Access: FIA and outside help will help you file an application for SNAP, Medicaid, and other publicly funded programs, or help you set up an online MIBridges account, or check the status of your application.
- MI! Works Job Access Point: Volunteer experts in resume construction and job skills assessment help people in their search for employment, available by appointment.
- Emergency food pantry: Based on household income, food to last 3-5 days will be provided for people who need it, along with household and other supplies not purchasable with food stamps.FIA is happy to accept frozen and perishable items as space permits. FIA can provide this level of support with the help of Food Gatherers, the premier organization that conducts food rescue in Washtenaw County. We routinely provide food for 100 households each month.
- Advocacy: Professional social work staff can advocate and help people connect with resources needed to stabilize their family situations. FIA provides information and appropriate referrals to clients for services provided by other agencies, and to congregations seeking help with requests that are coming into their church offices.
- Financial help with heat, electric, water, and rent: Income qualified families are eligible to receive help when they have received a shut-off notice or notice to quit/eviction. Staff will negotiate with utility companies and landlords to make sure there is clear understanding of expectations.
- Free Medical Equipment Closet: Donated durable medical equipment is made available to anyone who needs it on an as-needed basis.
- Furniture: Items needed and items that are up for donation are listed in a notebook at FIA.
- Preschool Scholarship Program: FIA has limited funds available to help at risk children access early childhood education in an area preschool programs. FIA helps an average of 6-10 children access this essential education each year.
- Back to School Sponsorship Program: Individuals and groups “adopt” a school child (privacy protected) and supply them with a new backpack, school supplies, and a new outfit to help them make a good start to the new school year. In 2014, 136 school children received backpacks.
- Christmas Family Sponsorship: Individuals and groups “adopt” a low income family (privacy protected) and shop for Christmas items. Items are wrapped and delivered to FIA for distribution.
- Thanksgiving Food Baskets: A full holiday meal is supplied to needy families.
- Christmas Day Meal: A community meal is coordinated with local volunteers so no one eats alone on Christmas.
- Counseling: Counseling is available through local providers with FIA subsidy.
- Homelessness Prevention: FIA staff help people negotiate the wider service community to find housing, with shower and laundry facilities, as well as emergency food supplies, available on site.