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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Women, Womens Service Clubs

Mission: Inspired by its heritage since 1906, matrix human services advocates for and services the most vulnerable in the metropolitan detroit community and empowers individuals and families to enhance the quality of their lives and achieve self sufficiency.

Programs: Head start programsmatrix head startmatrix head start provides bilingual preschool classes at twelve sites in southwest detroit. This program is designed to give underprivileged children a "head start" through early education and nutritional assistance. The entire family also receives medical, dental, and mental health assistance, career development, handicap services, parent and volunteer involvement, and information and referral to other available social services.

childhood programsoff the streets ("ots")ots is a fully licensed voluntary emergency shelter and a crisis intervention program for runaway and homeless youths ages twelve to seventeen. Counseling is provided to youths and their families with the goal being the reunion and maintenance of the family unit whenever possible. Connecting familiesconnecting families provides educational and family support services for low-income families with children in grades 4-7. Youth assistance program ("yap")yap provides prevention and early intervention services to youth age seven to seventeen to enhance their quality of life, build confidence/self-esteem, improve their academic performance and otherwise provide life experiences that will prevent involvement with the juvenile justice system. Readers are leadersreaders are leaders educates expectant moms and parents of children aged birth to three on the importance of developmental learning, literacy and language in their child's life. The program provides skills to ensure their children grow up ready to read and succeed in school. Born to succeedborn to succeed is a program designed to work with parents of urban and low-income children from birth to 3 years old, in order to improve school readiness. The program focuses primarily on developing the social, cognitive, language, and literacy skills of children as well as their overall health and well-being. United way kresge food grantfunds are used to help matrix human services provide food to those in need in the osborne community. The funds were used for both food and a refrigerator.

adult programs matrix partnerships for housingmatrix partnerships for housing assists homeless women with children to find and maintain affordable housing. Reuther older adult and wellness services ("reuther")reuther operates multi-purpose centers for senior citizens in the metropolitan detroit area. In addition to providing social activities, education, counseling, information and referral, and nutritious lunches through the senior centers, reuther also provides extensive outreach services, including the delivery of basic needs and gifts for the homebound, transportation services, and a telephone reassurance program. The program also provides homemaker services to low-income seniors. Connect your community/community telecom networkconnect your community offers training for clients to develop information technology skills, preparing them to compete and succeed in today's fast paced, technology driven work environment. This program was discontinued in january 2013. Ways to workways to work is a national effort to provide opportunities for reliable transportation to those who qualify for low-interest car loans. Participants must be working for at least six months, be responsible for a dependent child, and have little opportunity for a traditional car loan due to a poor or challenging credit history. Participants are screened, coached in budgeting and financial skills, and connected to resources that may assist with their life situation. Matrix quality carethe ryan white hiv/aids program provides comprehensive services to assist individuals living with hiv/aids. Offering service coverage that extends across southeast michigan, the ryan white program's safety net ensures patients are linked and maintained in medical care through medical and community service referrals, mental health therapy, in-home health care, and case management. Matrix quality care also provides light housekeeping, chore services, personal care and transportation to the metro detroit community for a fee. Detroit safe community collaborativedetroit safe community collaborative program offers supportive services to returning citizens in the osborn community, including assistance with housing, family reunification, employment, training, workshops, mentoring and case management. Women arisewomen arise provides women involved in the criminal justice system with the education, training, counseling, social interaction, and environment necessary to become productive members of society. The program aims to reduce recidivism through supportive services that include higher education, targeted job training, enhanced community support and stronger family relationships.

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