Quick Resource Reference Sheet

Resource Center Quick Reference Sheet 1401 S. Grand Traverse, Flint, MI 48503 (810) 767-0500

All area codes are (810) unless otherwise noted.




Disability Network – Monday through Friday 9am-5pm 742-1800

Human Relations Commission – M-F, 8-5, 766-7430

Valley Area Agency on Aging M-F, 8-5, 239-7671

Citizens for Better Care M-F, 9-5:30, 800-284-0046, 808 N. Michigan Ave. Saginaw, MI 48602


Clothing and Baby Furniture

Carriage Town Ministries – M-F, 9-5, 233-8787

Heartbeat (baby clothing+furniture), M-F 10-3, 232-3131

Bristol Rd. Church of Christ, Tues 10:30-12:30 ONLY serves 48507, 238-9004

Inner City Christian Outreach Center, T-F, 10-1, 767-4064

Love, I.N.C. (Phone Intake and Referral) M-F 8:30-12:30, 235-4990

Salvation Army Social Service, M-F, 8:30-12, 1-4:30, 232-2196



Catholic Charities – M-Thursday 8:30-8pm, F 8-4:30, 232-9950

Family Service Agency, M-Tuesday 9am-9pm, W-F 9-5, 767-4014

Genesee County Community Mental Health 24/7 Crisis Line 257-3740


Domestic Violence

YWCA of Greater Flint – Counseling, PPO help, SafeHouse – 238-7621

Genesee County CMH (if mentally ill) – 257-3742



Michigan Works! Career Alliance M-F 8:30-5, 233-5974

Job Corps (ages 16-24) Admin: M-F 8:30-4:30 232-9102


Financial Aid

Department of Human Services (DHS) By District

  • General Information and to report Child or Vulnerable Adult Abuse  M-F 8-5, 760-2200
  • District 2 – McCree Building 630 S. Saginaw 760-7310
  • District 3- Children’s Services ONLY 125 E. Union St. Flint (i.e. foster care, guardian, help for child), 760-2888
  • District 5- North – 125 E. Union – 760-2773
  • District 6 – Piercson Rd. 2320 W. Pierson Rd, 760-4900

Catholic Outreach – M/W/F 9-12 and 1-4:30, 234-4693

GCCARD (Neighborhood Services) – M-F, 8-5, 768-4675

Salvation Army Social Service, M-F, 8:30-12, 1-4:30, 232-2196

Veterans Administration (War Era Vets only) – 213-6992


Food Lines

GCCARD (Food Distribution Friday 9am, bring a bag) 789-3746

Crossover Downtown (4 times a year, free food, call for dates, bring a bag) 234-2479


Food: Pantries and Intake Centers

Catholic Outreach – M/W/F 9-12 and 1-4:30, 234-4693

Eastside Mission – Tues-Thurs, 10-1, 767-5312

GCCARD (Neighborhood Services) – M-F, 8-5, 768-4675

Promise Tabernacle M-F, 10-until all served, 787-7957

Bristol Rd. Church of Christ, Tues 10:30-12:30 ONLY zipcode 48507, 238-9004

Greater Flint Christian Outreach Center (Tues+Fri 10-12) 767-4064

Love, I.N.C. (Phone Intake and Referral) M-F 8:30-12:30, 235-4990

Outreach EAST (M-15 corridor only, Genesee Davison, Millington, Goodrich, Mt. Morris), M/T/Th 8:30-11:15, 12:30-3:00, W/F 8:30-11:15, 653-7711

St. Mary Catholic Outreach, T, 1-2:30, 232-4012


Food: Sandwich Program

Bread of Life, 2608 Maplewood, M-F, 9am-2pm, 785-6911

Holy Angels, 1001 Chippewa, M-F, 11:00-11:50, 785-6911


WIC (Women, Infants, Children)

Genesee County Health Department McCree North, M-F 8-11 & 1-4, 600-2400

Genesee County Health Department Burton, M-F 8-12, 1-5, 742-2255

Genesee County Health Department North Pointe, M-F, 8-4, 785-5399, 760-9337


Food: Prepared Meals

Carriage Town Ministries (must attend service at 6pm, dinner 6:30), 233-8787

North End Soup Kitchen, M-Sat, 11:30-12:30, Sun 1:30-2:30, 785-6911

Eastside Food Center, Sat 11:30-1:00, 238-2231

Eastside Mission:  Hot Meal T-Th, 11:30-12:30, 767-5312

1st Presbyterian, Sun 8am, 234-8673

Salvation Army Beecher Corps Kids Cafe M-F, 4-6 dinner for school children, 789-4003

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Kids Cafe M-Th, 3:15-4:30, dinner for school children, 238-4236


Health Needs

American Red Cross (limited) 232-1401 extension 700

Genesee County Free Clinic – call for an appt. 9-10:30am Tuesday Mornings, 235-4211

Genesee County Health Department, 600-2400

  • Burton Health Center, M, W-F, 8-11, 1-4, T, 1-4, 742-2255
  • McCree North Health Center, 600-2400
  • McCree South Health Center, 257-3616

Hamilton Health Network – Dental M-F 8:30-5:30 Emergencies seen same day, show up at 6:30, 785-0863

Hamilton Health Network – Medical M-F 8:30-5:30 Emergencies Seen same day, show up at 6:30, 789-9141

Lions Club Vision Program (limited) 230-0020

Mi Child Health Insurance Program (888)988-6300

Muslim Free Outreach Clinic (810) 762-1012

Flint VA Outpatient Clinic (veterans only) (734) 213-6992



Home repair

Flint NIPP – 766-7212

GCCARD – Weatherization, Home Repair 232-2185


Home Repair Loans

Mission of Peace (a CDC) 232-0104



GCCARD 232-2185

Genesee County Community Mental Health – 257-3742


Housing Locator (Limited)

Affordable Living Services 238-2970


Landlord/Tenant Rights

Human Relations Commission 766-7430

Urban League 789-7611


Ramps/Home Modifications

Disability Network (city of Flint only) 742-1800

UAW Labor Rep. at United Way 762-5831


Rent/Mortgage Help

Catholic Outreach  – 234-4693

GCCARD – 768-4675

Outreach East (M-15 Corridor, Genesee, Davison, Millington, Goodrich, part of Mt. Morris) 653-7711

Salvation Army Social Services – 232=2196

Urban League (Mortgage only) 789-7611


Legal Services

Lawyer Referral Service 232-6000

Legal Services of Eastern Michigan 234-2621

YWCA of Greater Flint (PPO Assistance with Domestic Violence/Stalking) 238-7233



Health Access 232-4200

Catholic Outreach 234-4693

American Red Cross 232-1401

Prescriptions for Seniors (VAAA) 239-7671

Salvation Army Social Services 232-2196

Tell doctors to go to this website: http://www.needymeds.com for free meds



Carriage Town Ministries (men only) 233-8787

Carriage Town Family Center (Women and Children) 238-6847

My Brother’s Keeper of Genesee County 210-2400

REACH (age 10-17 only) 233-8700

Shelter of Flint (Women and Children) 239-5433

Transitional Living Program (age 17-20) 233-8700


Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault

YWCA of Greater Flint – counseling, ppos, group therapy, safehouse shelter – 238-7621

Genesee County Community Mental Health (mental health issues + sexual abuse/assault) 257-3752

Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault – CMH 257-3752 AND call DHS 760-2200


Substance Abuse

IARC – Intake, Assessment, Referral – 235-9555



Jewish Community Services

  • Highway to Health (out of town, Saginaw, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing) – 767-5922
  • Local to Genesee County – 767-5922

Mass Transportation Authority – 767-0100

Your Ride (door to door) 767-0780



Department of Human Services (DHS) By District

  • General Information and to report Child or Vulnerable Adult Abuse  M-F 8-5, 760-2200
  • District 2 – McCree Building 630 S. Saginaw 760-7310
  • District 3- Children’s Services ONLY 125 E. Union St. Flint (i.e. foster care, guardian, help for child), 760-2888
  • District 5- North – 125 E. Union – 760-2773
  • District 6 – Piercson Rd. 2320 W. Pierson Rd, 760-4900

Catholic Outreach (water only) – 234-4693

GCCARD 768-4675

Salvation Army (Kearsley Street) 232-2196

Listening, a Poem by Ralph Roghton, MD

When I ask you to listen to me
And you start giving advice,
You have not done what I asked.
When I ask you to listen to me and
you begin to tell me why I shouldn’t feel that way,
you are trampling on my feelings.
When I ask you to listen to me
and you feel you have To do something to solve my problems
you have Failed me, strange as that may seem.
Listen, All I asked was that you listen – Not talk or do, Just hear me.

When you do something for me
That I can and need to do for myself,
you contribute to my fear and inadequacy.

But when you accept as a simple fact that I do feel what I feel,
no matter how irrational, then I can quit trying to convince you
and can get about the business of understanding what’s behind this irrational feeling.

And when that’s clear, the answers are obvious and I don’t need advice. Irrational feelings make sense, when we understand what’s behind them. Perhaps that’s why prayer works, sometimes, for some people– because God is mute and He/She doesn’t give advice or try to fix things.

So please listen and just hear me. And if you want to talk,

Wait a minute for your turn, and I’ll listen to you. –
-Ralph Roughton, M.D.

why we are needed

Once upon a time in America, the Woman Suffrage Amendment passed. The Civil Rights Act passed. And the Voting Rights Act passed. The end?


It’s true that women are no longer constitutionally inferior. And people of color are no longer property. But we’re far from living happily ever after.

In spite of widespread reform legislation over the last century, justice is yet to be served. Equality laws may be on the books. But the laws of the land are still distorted when it comes to women and minorities.

Want proof? Then look at education. While women are more likely to earn a high school diploma than men, their education often goes no farther. Only 25% of women 25 or older hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, as opposed to 28.5% of men.

This disparity continues into the workplace. Women and men in the same position make incredibly different salaries. A woman earns 76¢ for every dollar her male counterpart makes. Only 5.5% of women make salaries above $75,000, as compared to 15.8% of men. The difference is even more appalling when it comes to women with only a high school diploma. On average, they earn $18,042. In contrast, even those males who never finished high school make $20,944.

In all, the average woman is shortchanged $420,000 in salary over her working life when compared to the average male. And that doesn’t include benefits like pensions.

So what are we supposed to tell our daughters?

Should we tell them that the workplace is unfair, but that they have advantages elsewhere? We can’t. Consider that one in four women will be involved in domestic violence. Or that one in five emergency room visits by women are caused by battering.

And when should we tell them that they face a one-in-three chance of living in poverty as a female? Or that they’re ten times more likely to have an eating disorder? Or that the odds of them becoming a CEO of a Fortune 1000 company are practically incalculable?

Now consider people of color – regardless of gender.

How are parents supposed to explain to their children why they’re being followed by security in a shopping center simply because of their skin color? Or why some people cross the street to avoid them? Or that only one in every three will meet basic requirements on national scholastic tests?

These are the realities of children of color. And it doesn’t get any better as they get older.

African Americans, for instance, make 66¢ for every dollar made by a white person. And 19% of them live without health care.

Hispanics are half as likely to make salaries over $35,000 than their white equivalents. They’re also three times more likely to live in poverty.

Then there’s profiling. African Americans are much more likely to be pulled over by police than whites. Once stopped, African American and Hispanic drivers are more than twice as likely to have their vehicles searched.

And let’s not forget about prison. People of color make up 64% of the penal population. They make up less than 25% of the general American population. Do the math.

In fact, do the math on any of these statistics. In some cases, it’s frustrating. In others, it’s downright frightening. Either way, it’s wrong. From birth, women and people of color still face obstacles in 2005 that were intended to die with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Obviously, we can’t legislate our way to equality. So what is the answer? Who can promote an agenda of not only tolerance and acceptance, but of advancement and equality? It all comes down to one person.


eliminating racism

1800’s The first Negro YWCA Branch was organized in Dayton, Ohio, in 1889; although Negro branches were separate from white branches, by 1898 the YWCA had seven Negro Student Associations affiliated with it. The YWCA also extended its mission to American Indian young women, founding an Association at Chilocco, Oklahoma, in 1890, work which continued for many years as part of the Student Department of the National Board.

1900-1920’s In 1913 Eva Bowles became the first African American staff member to work as a professionally trained leader to work with Local Associations. In 1915, the YWCA held its first interracial conference in Louisville, KY. In the 1920s the Student YWCA organized its first councils on an interracial basis, adopting the principle of iinclusion for all of the membership in regional councils. In 1924, the National Student Assembly took a program stand on race relationships, “pledging ourselves to seek anew the mind of Jesus in regard to our race relationships and to know students of other races, that we may rid ourselves of prejudices and may promote justice and understanding.”

1930’s In the thirties, the YWCA set its face against lynching and mob violence and supported the struggle for civil rights for African Americans in the United States. The first interracial seminar in the South took place at Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina in 1938. Students called for an investigation into segregation in YWCA associations and community life.

1940’s During World War II, discrimination against Japanese Americans led to thousands being forced from their homes into relocation camps in desolate areas by order of the United States government. Japanese Americans were deprived of their rights as citizens; the YWCA extended its services to the Relocation Centers, and many Associations, including many in the Midwest, opened their facilities to Japanese Americans as they prepared for resettlement.

In 1946 the YWCA reached a watershed in adopting the Interracial Charter at the 17th National Convention. It accepted recommendations that “the implications of the YWCA Purpose be recognized as involving the inclusion of Negro women and girls in the mainstream of Association life, and that such inclusion be adopted as a conscious goal.” In an unequivocal statement of its position on civil rights, the Charter states: “Wherever there is injustice on the basis of race, whether in the community, the nation, or the world, our protest must be clear and our labor for its removal vigorous and steady. And what we urge on others we are constrained to practice ourselves.” Three years later, YWCAs in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Princeton, New Jersey, elected a Black president.

1950’s Between 1950 and 1970, the YWCA remained on the cutting edge in support of the Civil Rights Movement, which culminated in the adoption of the One Imperative. Through the ups and downs of the era, the student YWCAs remained in the vanguard with regard to issues of race and gender. The emphasis immediately post-war was on the spiritual welfare of women and girls, and the provision of social services to them. In May, 1954, the US Supreme Court rules segregationist doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ unconstitutional. This fueled the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama. The YWCA acted to disseminate material on the Supreme Court decision with a booklet, ‘Our Schools, and Our Democracy.’

1960’s In the United States the 1960’s was the decade of the Civil Rights Movement in which African American people made unprecedented strides in affecting social, economic and racial change, and self-empowerment. However, in the YWCA of the U.S.A., the struggle to combat racism had begun early in its history, in the days of “service laced with social action” in the American South. This decade, however, ended with the epoch-making decision in 1970 to adopt the One Imperative, a statement which was rooted in the Christian purpose of the National Association, seeking “to respond to the barrier-breaking love of God in this day’, drawing together women and girls of diverse experiences and faiths, that their lives may be open to new understanding, and deeper relationships and that together they may join in the struggle for peace and justice, freedom and dignity for all people.”

During Dorothy Heights’ tenure, the YWCA, combined with other organizations such as the United Council of Negro Women, Church Women United, the International Council of Jewish Women, and the Catholic Women, to break the law in the South to challenge racial segregation. The YWCA invited activists such as Stokely Carmichael, Whitney Young, and Roy Wilkins to talk to members, and the Office of Racial Justice initiated Dialogue and Action Groups in 1968 in Community and Student YWCAs throughout the country.

1970’s At the YWCA’s April 1970 Convention, it adopted the One Imperative: “To thrust our collective power towards the elimination of racism wherever it exists and by any means necessary.”

Journey of Faith, The History of the World YWCA 1945-1994, by Carolyn Seymour-Jones, Allison & Busby, 1994

our history

Woman Using Machining WheelThroughout our history, the YWCA has been in the forefront of most major movements in the United States as a pioneer in race relations, labor union representation, and the empowerment of women.

The first Association in the U.S., Ladies Christian Association was formed in New York City

The first boarding house for female students, teachers and factory workers opened in New York, NY

“YWCA” was first used in Boston, MA

The YWCA opens the first employment bureau in New York City

The YWCA opens a low cost summer “resort” for employed women in Philadelphia, PA

The first African American YWCA branch opened in Dayton, OH

The first YWCA for Native American women opened in at Haworth Institute, Chilocco, OK

The United States of America, England, Sweden and Norway together created the World YWCA, which today is working in over 125 countries

The YWCA was the first organization to introduce the positive health concept and sex education in all health programming

YWCA of the USA incorporated in New York City

The YWCA was the first industrial federation of clubs to train girls in self- government

The YWCA held the first interracial conference in Louisville, KY

The YWCA was the first organization to send professional workers overseas to provide administrative leadership and support to U.S. Armed Forces

Based on its work with women in industrial plants, the YWCA Convention voted to work for “an eight-hour/day law, prohibition of night work, and the right of labor to organize”

Grace Dodge Hotel completed a Washington, DC residence initially designed to house women war workers

The YWCA encouraged members to speak out against lynching and mob violence, and for interracial cooperation and efforts to protect African American’s basic civil rights

The YWCA extends its services to Japanese American women and girls incarcerated in World War II Relocation Centers

The National Board appears at the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate hearings in support of permanent Fair Employment Practices Committee legislation

Interracial Charter adopted by the 17th National Convention

The National Convention pledges that the YWCA will work for integration and full participation of minority groups in all phases of American life

National Convention commits local Associations and the National Board to review progress towards inclusiveness and decides on “concrete steps” to be taken

The Atlanta, Georgia YWCA cafeteria opened to African Americans, becoming the city’s first integrated public dining facility

The National Board of the YWCA created the Office of Racial Justice to lead the civil rights efforts

The YWCA National Convention, held in Houston, adopted the One Imperative. “To trust our collective power towards the elimination of racism, wherever it exists, by any means necessary”

The YWCA started the ENCORE program for women who have undergone breast cancer surgery

YWCA establishes Fund For The Future

The YWCA National Board urges Congress to support legislation that opposes the South African policy of apartheid

The YWCA National Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism began in response to the beating of Rodney King, an African American, the acquittal of four white Los Angeles police officers accused of the crime, and the subsequent riots and unrest across the country

The YWCA Week Without Violence was created as a nationwide effort to unite people against violence in communities. The annual observance is held the third week of October

Steps to Absolute Change was adopted. The YWCA shifted from a top down to a bottom up grassroots organization. Local associations joined regions and elected their regional representatives to the National Coordinating Board

Igniting the Collective Power of the YWCA to Eliminate Racism, the YWCA USA’s Summit on Eliminating Racism, was held in Birmingham, AL

The YWCA celebrates its Sesquicentennial Anniversary with the launch of the “Own It” campaign. Focused on igniting a new generation of 22 million young women aged 18 to 34 to get involved with important issues facing women and the country today

Ethics and Confidentiality

The success of the advocate/victim relationship is based upon the development of the victims’ trust that they may confide sensitive and intimate information fully and freely to their counselors. Confidentiality is essential for effective advocacy because without an assurance of confidentiality, victims may avoid help altogether or may withhold certain personal feelings and thoughts because they fear disclosure.


We have ethical obligations to:

  • · Survivors with whom we work (and their children)
  • · Our coworkers
  • · Our agency and its reputation
  • · Professional affiliations (NASW, etc.)


Ethical Guidelines for working with survivors

  • · Respect and maintain confidentiality
  • · Offer support, information, safety options, and advocacy.
  • · Identify and reinforce strengths and respect current survival methods.
  • · Do not offer personal opinion.
  • · If you cannot help, find another resource that can.
  • · Accept and reinforce right to make own decision.
  • · Don’t discriminate. For any reason.


Relationships that must never happen between an advocate and client:

  • · Good friend/confidante
  • · Romantic/sexual/intimate
  • · Financial (lending or borrowing money)
  • · Business (hiring or being hired by; purchasing from)


Why Confidentiality between Survivor and Our Programs is Important

  • · Privacy allows survivors to confide sensitive and intimate information that is necessary to the counseling or advocacy relationship.
  • · Without the assurance of confidentiality, many survivors would not seek our services.
  • · There is an expectation from the survivor and the community that our services are confidential.


The harm of disclosure to those seeking counseling or shelter is palpable: many counselors agree that when told that the private information revealed during counseling sessions may be used in court, there is a drastic change in the dynamics of the counseling relationship. For survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence, confidentiality may be more than just an issue of privacy; it may be one of life and death.


The YWCA’s Confidentiality Policy is located in the first section of the manual.

Several Michigan laws protect survivor confidentiality in certain circumstances: domestic violence/sexual assault counselor, social worker, licensed professional counselor, medical personnel, and psychologists.

Exceptions to General Confidentiality:  suspected child abuse, duty to warn.

AIN’T I A WOMAN? by Sojourner Truth


by Sojourner Truth

Delivered 1851 at the Women’s Convention in Akron, Ohio

Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that ‘twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what’s all this here talking about?

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?

Then they talk about this thing in the head; what’s this they call it? [member of audience whispers, “intellect”] That’s it, honey. What’s that got to do with women’s rights or negroes’ rights? If my cup won’t hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?

Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, ’cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain’t got nothing more to say.


about the ywca of greater flint

For over 100 years, the YWCA of Greater Flint has provided comprehensive programs, outspoken leadership, and professional expertise on the pressing issues of our times. Created by women for women, the YWCA has a proud and pioneering history. The YWCA of Greater Flint is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

The YWCA is committed to creating a more just society by providing services targeted to those who have been historically left out of the loop of power and advantage – women, children, and people of color. Today, the YWCA is hard at work reaching out to families who are seeking solutions to abusive situations through the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services program and partnering with those individuals and organizations who are committed to dismantling systems of racism and sexism in Genesee County.

All services provided to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are offered free of charge and are confidential.

domestic violence and sexual assault services

At the core of the YWCA of Greater Flint’s programming lies the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS) program. Designed to provide survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault with the support needed to achieve safety and self-sufficiency, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services seeks to empower survivors to achieve self-directed goals. The YWCA provides a vast amount of services to assist those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.

crisis line and emergency response

The DVSAS program operates a 24-hour crisis line. The Crisis Line provides trained staff and volunteers who are able to answer questions, provide information and referrals, assist survivors in accessing other YWCA services, and begin the intake process for SafeHouse emergency shelter for those requiring safe shelter.

Emergency Response services are available for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, with specially trained staff and volunteers available to meet with survivors at local hospitals and police stations. Advocates are available on-call 24 hours a day to provide emotional support to survivors during medical examinations, explain evidence collection and criminal justice processes, and provide referrals as needed.

safehouse emergency shelter

The YWCA SafeHouse provides safe, temporary shelter and supportive services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their minor children. SafeHouse is located in a secure site, with easy access to public transportation and community resources.

In addition to emergency housing, clothing, and food, services available while at SafeHouse includes: legal advocacy, on-site child care, emergency response and crisis intervention, crisis counseling and support groups, referrals to community resources, personal advocacy, children’s counseling and activities.

crisis counseling and support groups

Crisis counseling and support groups are designed to provide survivors with the tools to empower themselves to increase their safety and lead lives free from violence.

Crisis counseling for individuals, with counselors trained to provide crisis intervention and supportive services is available. Counselors may assist with safety planning, provide assistance in accessing community resources, engage in the development of survival strategies, and offer other support based on the needs of the survivor. Counseling services are also available for non-offending family and friends of survivors, in an effort to assist these individuals.

Many survivors have found that they were helped the most by learning that they are not alone in their experiences. The YWCA offers on-going support groups for survivors of domestic violence an sexual assault, where they can address their feelings and learn from and with others who have gone through similar situations.

legal advocacy

Survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault may become involved in the criminal justice system, or with the family law court in divorce or custody matters, child protection proceedings, or personal protection order cases. The legal system can be difficult to understand and can feel threatening and unfriendly at times. The DVSAS program offers Legal Advocacy to help survivors navigate the legal system. While the YWCA Legal Advocates are not attorneys and cannot represent survivors in court or provide legal advice, they are available to provide the following services:

  • Information about the criminal justice system
  • Assistance with applying for Crime Victims Compensation
  • Assistance with preparing, filing, serving, and maintaining personal protection orders
  • Do-it-yourself divorce workshops for survivors
  • Referrals to attorneys for direct legal representation
  • Advocacy and communication on behalf of survivors
  • Accompaniment and support at court
  • Emergency 911 cell phones
  • Connection with interpreter services

fee-based services for perpetrators of violence

domestic violence intervention program

When someone engages in a pattern of force, threats, and other abusive tactics against a current or former intimate partner in order to control them, they are a perpetrator of domestic violence, sometimes referred to as an abuser or batterer. The Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) is designed to help batterers learn alternative methods of communication in relationships. Participants are most often court-ordered to attend, although some enroll and participate voluntarily. The DVIP is a 26-week course, with separate sessions available for men and women.

anger control education

Anger Control Education (ACE) is a 15-session program designed for people who have used violence or are at risk of using violence in incidences against non-intimate acquaintances or strangers (bar fights, road rage, etc). This program provides participants with the opportunity to learn how to identify when they are becoming angry, and to develop skills to resolve anger and conflict nonviolently.


Participants in DVIP or ACE pay a fee at the time of the intake assessment and at each weekly session. There is a sliding scale for those who demonstrate a substantial financial need. For more information about these fee-based programs for perpetrators of violence, call 810-238-7621 ext. 309.

YWCA of Greater Flint

310 E. Third Street

Flint, MI 48502

(810) 238-7621

(810) 238-SAFE