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COVID-19 Relief and Resources

This information will be regularly updated when changes occur. In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, and recommendations from health authorities, adjustments may be made before they can be accurrately reflected below.

This page features a list of local resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic. The list is being generated by community members and verified to the best of our ability before posting below. We hope you utilize this page to share updates, get help, and stay healthy.

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COVID-19 Response Hotline

COVID-19 Information Sources

CDC Regional & Local Resources List

Michigan Department of Health Website

  • The Michigan Department of Health Website related to coronavirus includes all State-issued updates and Governor mandates/statements, along with current numbers of Covid-19 cases in counties across the State. It is also a valuable repository of assistance offerings and information.

Central Michigan District Health Department

  • Central Michigan District Health Department staff remain committed to this response. In order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, effective Monday, March 23, 2020, we will be closing our doors to the public and will continue to provide as many services as possible by appointment only. Click here for more information.

Businesses

Management

Financial Assistance

Childcare

  • Essential Workers Child Care Assistance
    • If you are a member of the essential workforce defined by Governor Whitmer (health care, first responders, sanitation workers, postal workers, public health employees, court personnel, critical infrastructure providers, etc.) and are in need of tuition-based child care, please visit this website and your information will be routed to someone in your community who can help you find care.
  • MI Bridges
    • MI Bridges can help you get the resources you need. When you register with MI Bridges, you can connect to resources specific to your location, needs, and circumstances.
  • 211 helps with housing needs, accessing free child care, and food. During the Coronavirus call 211 for any type of assistance.
  • Central Michigan District Health Department As the days go by, and our children are at home, parents and caregivers may notice different behaviors and feelings. Helping Children Cope with Emergencies is one of the many great resources to read. It talks about how to help children cope and also provides some common reactions of children, by age.
  • Communicating with Children Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has put together a kit intended for families, parents, and guardians of children. The documents included in this kit are intended for caregivers and families to help alleviate some of the anxiety and stress parents/guardians are feeling as they strive to comfort frightened children as well as oversee their education at home.
  • Youth in independent living situations, now more than ever, need to have steady flow of payments. With the COVID-19 crisis, there may be some delays or inability to reach the primary foster care worker or supervisor when payment problems arise. To mitigate that risk, Children’s Services Agency created an email box MDHHS-fostercarepayments@michigan.gov to receive, assess, and quickly resolve those issues. Analysts in the Children’s Services Agency – Federal Compliance Division (FCD) will be monitoring and responding to messages from placement providers (licensed resource and relative providers, residentials) and independent living youth having problems with receipt of expected payments.
  • Drive-Thru Diapers Life Choices of Central Michigan is offering drive-thru diapers June 17, July 15, and August 19. For details call (989) 773-6008.
  • Educational Resources for Children and Families

Counseling/Mental Health

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
  • Mental Health America has compiled a list of resources and information to aid individuals and communities during this time. You can also contact them at 1-800-273-8255.
  • Crisis Text Line is available to help comfort anyone who may be suffering with a mental illness. This line also is helping people who may be anxious about the Coronavirus. Text BELONG to 741741.
  • Community Mental Health of Central Michigan provides mental health assistance throughout the mid-Michigan region and also offers screenings to see if anyone may have the Coronavirus. CMHCM is offering a variety of services to our communities via telephone and teletherapy options during this challenging time. In addition to our existing services we are now offering short-term brief therapy at no cost to members of our communities. CMHCM serves Midland, Gladwin, Isabella, Clare, Mecosta, and Osceola Counties. Community members will have access to up to four sessions of free therapy to address mental health needs related to these difficult times. Please contact your local CMHCM office to inquire about this service.
    • The following Crisis Intervention Services remain available:
      • CMHCM-24-7 Crisis Mobile Intervention Team Services (CMIT). If you or someone you know is having acrisis, the CMHCM CMIT staff can assess, safety plan and connect you with services. CMIT is available24-7 and can be reached by calling (local CMHCM phone number).recovery who are available to connect one on one with you.
      • A statewide peer-operated warm line is available at 1-888-733-7753, which is operated by individuals in
      • COVID-19 Helpline is available at 1-800-535-6136 or by text at 66746.
      • National Disaster Distress helpline 1-800-958-5950.
      • Crisis text line is available 24-7 by texting home to 741741.
      • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available 24-7 at 1-800-273-8255.
  • Center for Community Counseling and Development Mid students can schedule a telemental health appointment by calling (989) 774-3532 or emailing cccd@cmich.edu.
  • Chipp-A-Waters, Island, and Horizon Parks These parks are open to the public and can be a great way for people to get some fresh air and help with anxiety and depression during this time. Get details at (989) 779-5331.
  • Ten Percent Happier-Free Corona Virus Sanity Guide In times like these, we need practical, actionable ways of coping with stress, fear, and anxiety. The meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks on this page will help you build resilience and find some calm amidst the chaos. We’ll be streaming live at tenpercent.com/live at 3pm Eastern Time every weekday. Can't make it then? We'll post the episode so you can watch it later. You can also access past episodes in the Ten Percent Happier app for free.
  • Center of Hope Counseling Center of Hope Counseling is providing telehealth for their services to help prevent the spread of the virus. New clients are welcome, but note that sessions will be over the phone. (989) 954-4673
  • Drug Enforcement Agency offers a list of smartphone apps to assist in addiction counseling. Individuals can use these tools to maintain their recovery. The DEA can also be contacted at (989) 754-2330.
  • Online Recovery Meetings These online meetings are open to any student in or seeking recovery from alcohol or other substances, students who are sober-curious, and students who have been affected by others' alcohol or substance use. Meetings take place 1pm - 2pm Tuesdays and Thursdays at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/559227325.
  • MDHHS Peer-Run Warmline Warmline, (888)-773-7753, is available 10am- 2am serving individuals dealing with anxiety and depression that feel isolated at this time and have dealt with mental health issues for a long period of time. Individuals that are experiencing suicidal thoughts should call (800)-985-5990, which is available 24/7.
  • Active Minds - Free Slack Access This app can be downloaded for free on any type of phone. Active minds offers discussions on many different kinds of topics. This app also offers ways to use self-care and mental health. There are multiple phone numbers to contact in case of mental health crisis.
  • Headspace This app is for anyone who wants to experience mindfulness. Anyone dealing with stress and anxiety can benfit from Headspace.

Food & Meals

  • Free Drive Thru Mobile Food Distribution Free Drive Thru Mobile Food Distribution, Saturday, August 1, 2020 at the Clare County Fairgrounds at 418 Fairlane St. in Harrison: Dry foods and canned goods, frozen items, and produce will be given away. Individuals and families in need of food and who reside in Clare County can participate. Vehicle line up/registration begins at 9am. Distribution is 10:30am -Noon (or until food is distributed). Restrooms will NOT be available. Please bring a government issued ID or piece of mail to meet residency requirements. One household per vehicle is encouraged. If you do not have access to a vehicle or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and arrange for someone to bring your ID and a note allowing them to pick up food for you.
  • The Michigan Department of Education is providing an online map, showing locations of free meals for children ages 0-18. These meals are available to all children at no cost. Up to two meals per day may be served to all children ages 0-18. This includes students with disabilities ages 18-26 with an active individual education program (IEP). This program assists Michigan’s school districts and community partners to ensure that kids receive nutritious meals during the school closure announced by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on March 12, 2020.
  • MI Bridges
    • MI Bridges can help you get the resources you need. When you register with MI Bridges, you can connect to resources specific to your location, needs, and circumstances.
  • 211 helps with housing needs, accessing free child care, and food. During the Coronavirus call 211 for any type of assistance.
  • Mid's Campus Cupboard Food Pantry is still operating for students who are in need of food assistance. Visit midmich.edu/campus-cupboard for order and pick-up details.
  • Clare County Transit Grocery Pick-Up
    • CCTC is offering free grocery pick-up and porch delivery for senior passengers and those with risk factors associated with COVID-19. Currently Steve's Country Market in Harrison and Carrow's Supermarket in Farwell are participating. Other stores are working on a system and CCTC is able to work with any stores that may want to start this service for their shoppers. To use this service call your store of choice, give them your shopping list, arrange payment over the phone, and leave your address. When your order is complete your store calls CCTC for transportation of your groceries. If you would like to call CCTC's dispatch to notify us as well you are welcome to do so at (989) 539-1473. Watch the CCTC Facebook Page for updates.
  • Sacred Heart Mission in Gladwin
    • Sacred Heart Mission is assisting residents of Gladwin County with food and utilities. Currently (March 23-April 3) the hours will be Monday-Friday 10am-2:30 pm. To receive food come to the gray gray door by the ramp, knock on the door, and have a picture ID ready.
      • For electric, heat, and clothing assistance call ahead at (989) 426-4661.
  • Isabella County Soup Kitchen
    • During the COVID-19 temporary closures within Isabella County, the ICSK is offering take out meals for residents in need. For information call (989) 772-7392 or visit the website.
  • Greater Lansing Food Bank Assistance Line
    • The Greater Lansing Food Bank Assistance Line can provide assistance applying for food benefits or help locate other food resources. Call (517) 899-9457 or (517) 898-3165.
  • The Community Compassion Network (CCN) covers food needs not covered by State food assistance. Drive-thru services begin April 1 from 2pm-6pm. The care store specifically has hygiene products and emergency kits such as shampoo and toothpaste. This also includes 2 rolls of toilet paper. The CCN's food pantry offers free boxes of food according to the size of the family. CCN repeats the process on April 8 and 11, 9am-Noon. The infant pantry is providing emergency diapers and formula through request. Email ptsherlock@aol.com.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Assistance programs are available for children that receive free or reduced school lunches. Those interested in registering for SNAP benefits can apply through the MIBRIGDES portal.

Housing

  • MI Bridges
    • MI Bridges can help you get the resources you need. When you register with MI Bridges, you can connect to resources specific to your location, needs, and circumstances.
  • Listening Ear
    • Listening Ear Crisis Center, is a private nonprofit, United Way human service agency based in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan providing services across mid and northern Michigan. The mission of Listening Ear Crisis Center, guided by the communities served is to offer hope and opportunity by listening to, supporting, and advocating for people who need quality services and safe, affordable housing. Call (989) 772-2918 or visit the Listening Ear website.
  • EightCAP
    • EightCAP is assisting with bills that need to be paid. This includes emergency financial assistance, utility bills, referrals such as loans, and general assistance, such as Medicaid. Call (989) 772-0110 or visit the EightCAP website.

Internet/Phone/Utilities

  • 211 helps with housing needs, accessing free child care, and food. During the Coronavirus call 211 for any type of assistance.
  • Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect low-income families to the internet at home. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply online or call (877) 533-4251 by April 30, 2020.
  • EightCAP
    • EightCAP is assisting with bills that need to be paid. This includes emergency financial assistance, utility bills, referrals such as loans, and general assistance, such as Medicaid. Call (616) 754-9315 or visit the EightCAP website.
  • Sacred Heart Mission in Gladwin
    • Sacred Heart Mission is assisting residents of Gladwin County with food and utilities. Currently (March 23-April 3) the hours will be Monday-Friday 10am-2:30 pm. For electric, heat, and clothing assistance call ahead at (989) 426-4661.
  • Consumers Energy is protecting customers and employees during the coronavirus pandemic in the following ways. If you anticipate challenges with your energy bills, reach out to Consumers Energy to see if they are able to offer any assistance.
    • Consumers Energy and DTE Energy are both suspending shutoffs for non-pay for low-income and senior customers beginning March 16, 2020 through April 5, 2020. These time frames could be adjusted depending on the spread and severity of the virus. If you have questions or need assistance, Consumers Energy can be reached at 1-800-477-5050 and DTE Energy can be reached at 1-800-477-4747.
      • Senior citizens and qualified low-income customers already enrolled in our Winter Protection Program have had their end dates extended through May 3, without any additional actions required on their part. This will ensure that our most vulnerable customers have the services they need during this state of emergency. All shut-off notices will be withheld to prevent any additional stress for these customers.
      • Modified current medical hold policy to cover those infected or quarantined by either the COVID-19 or Influenza virus. Impacted customers will be eligible for a 30-day medical hold.
      • Customers that are facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible for existing payment programs. Additionally, Consumers Energy will refer the customer to energy assistance through 211 or partner agencies, waive down payments for enrollment into SP, waive reconnection fees, and waive the deposit.
  • Sprint is offering unlimited data, 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month, waiving all activation and upgrade fees, free next day shipping, and waiving per-minute calling rates from The United States to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3. Visit sprint.com or call 1-888-211-4727 for details.
  • Safe-Link If you receive food stamps, Medicaid, SSI, or have low income you may be eligible for a program that offers cell phones. Applications available at EightCAP, Inc. offices. Safe-Link provides a free phone with 250 minutes a month. Call 800-898-4888 for information.

Pets/Pet Food

  • Claws & Paws Rescue, located in West Branch, has a pet food pantry and connects pet owners with resources.
  • Many local animal shelter offices are closed, but they are checking messages. Contact your local animal shelter if you are in need of assistance with resources or animals that appear in need.

Specific Community/Regional Resource Lists

Travel

Unemployment/Income

  • Unemployment Insurance Agency and Michigan Works! Agencies offer user-friendly online resources for unemployment assistance. Eligible employees should apply for unemployment benefits at Michigan.gov/UIA or by calling 1-866-500-0017. A fact sheet on how to apply for benefits can also be found here. Review a step-by-step How to File document here. Michigan Works! resources can be found at MichiganWorks.org or by calling 1-800-285-WORKS.
  • MI Bridges
    • MI Bridges can help you get the resources you need. When you register with MI Bridges, you can connect to resources specific to your location, needs, and circumstances.
  • Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
  • Support for Restaurant and Tipped Workers
    • One Fair Wage is providing free, cash assistance to restaurant workers, delivery drivers, and other tipped workers and service workers who are seeing their income decline during this disaster or aren’t able to work because of quarantines or other health concerns. Visit the website for details.
  • Fifth Third Bank is offering assistance with loans, and any financial questions during this time. Visit online or call (800) 972-3030.


 
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