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Family Support Services

Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you…

Isaiah 41:10

Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM) offers a variety of services to help you and your family:

Mom and baby

Project Hope

Focusing on Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, Project Hope offers prenatal and parenting education to mothers so they can deliver healthy babies and be successful parents. To help serve our clients, donations of diapers and other infant care supplies are always needed to fill our “Baby Closets” at our offices in Royal Oak, Clinton Township, Auburn Hills and Detroit.

Go to our Project Hope page to learn more.

Ethnic Mom and teens

Journey to Housing

Serving Families in western Wayne County, Journey to Housing is a partnership between CCSEM and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Detroit. In our last fiscal year ending in July 2016, the partnership assisted 10 families in finding permanent housing and in learning skills for self-sufficiency. Through this partnership, CCSEM provides casework services to clients including:

• Realistic Budgeting
• Landlord Relationships
• Increased Employability
• Debt Reduction
• Self-Sufficiency Skills

To learn more, contact Charlotte Webster, Family Support Services Program Manager, at 248-548-4044 Ext. 3811 or websterc@ccsem.org.

Dad and baby on steps

Supervised Parenting Time

This program will enable birth parent-child visitation at the agency’s six locations in Oakland County. Char Webster and CCSEM’s Family Support Services team recently landed this three-year, $300,000 contract from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to employ two part-time CCSEM staff members to provide supervised parenting time services. Also under this program contract, CCSEM will assess parenting skills and provide parenting guidance to participants. Since 2014, CCSEM has been serving parents and children in Monroe County through similar contract which includes a formal parenting education component. These visitation services – and the funding behind them – enable CCSEM to help maintain the presence of birth parents in their children’s lives during difficult periods when courts are involved. The purpose of the program is to provide a safe environment for parents and children to visit, continuing and hopefully enhancing their bond while the children are in foster care. CCSEM will provide court testimony on visitation time assessments, which may reduce the time a child is in foster care. The contract runs from April 1, 2017 to September 30, 2019, upon which the state can extend the contract in one-year increments for up to two years.

To learn more about these programs, contact Charlotte Webster, Family Support Services Program Manager, at 248-548-4044 Ext. 3811 or websterc@ccsem.org.