The Ingham County Bar Foundation recently presented checks to four groups that serve the mid-Michigan community. This money will help those organizations provide legal and counseling services to underprivileged and under-served communities, among other things.
Four organizations were given grants of $2,000 each –
- Legal Services of South Central Michigan, a group that provides free legal advice and representation in civil cases for low-income persons and senior citizens. LSSCM helps about 10,000 people each year.
- Sobriety Court, a program that seeks to reduce recidivism among people caught drunk driving through an interdisciplinary approach that includes intensive supervision, treatment, and an emphasis on personal accountability.
- Small Talk Children's Assessment Center, which offers free therapy and help for children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse during the investigative process. Small Talk takes a child's statement for an investigation in a comfortable, child-friendly atmosphere and offers trauma-focused counseling after, at no cost to the family.
- Resolution Services Center, a group that helps people and organizations resolve conflict through mediation, transformative conferencing, and facilitation. The non-profit also helps with conflict resolution at many local elementary, middle, and high schools.
Earlier this year, ICBF also presented a $5,000 grant to Friends of the Ingham County Veterans Treatment Court. Members raise money through fundraising and donations. Since 2004, ICBF has raised approximately $100,000 and has donated that money through grants to 23 organizations in the community.
Top Left: Elizabeth Rios, the Managing Attorney for Legal Services of South Central Michigan stands with Peter Sheldon, director of the Ingham County Bar Fondation, after accepting a $2,000 grant on behalf of her organization.
Top Middle:The Honorable Louise Alderson, Judge of the 54A District Court, Sheldon, and Mona Davis—both representing the Ingham County Sobriety Court Foundation stand together at the presentation ceremony.
Top Right: Alex Brace, the CEO of Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center and Sheldon.
Bottom: Resolution Services Center Executive Director Greta McHaney-Trice, Sheldon, Lansing School District student Tymisha James, and Lansing School District mom Deloris Campbell smile after representing the center at the ceremony.