Choosing between making a critical car repair, paying a childcare bill or buying groceries are everyday realities for some.

But no one should have to struggle alone.

If you or someone you know is struggling, please call 2-1-1 or visit their website for help.

of Midland County residents fall below the ALICE threshold.
individuals received vital information and referrals through 211.
individuals/families received vital basic needs assistance last year.


Carrie had never found herself in this situation before – betrayed by her husband and left to pick up the pieces of their newly broken life.

Prior to the tragic day when everything changed, life was great.

Carrie and her husband had been together for over fifteen years and worked hard to provide the life they wanted for their family. Their kids loved school and were involved in sports, they were enjoying their new house on the lake and they felt established and at home in their community.

When her husband didn’t come home from work one night, Carrie knew something was very wrong.

Throughout the next several weeks, Carrie learned about his severe addiction to gambling, discovered thousands of dollars of debt taken out in her name, lost their beautiful home to foreclosure and lost their vehicles to repossession. All while grieving the end of their marriage and helping her kids cope with so much change.

After the initial shock of their life being turned upside down settled, Carrie knew she needed help rebuilding their life.

She had never needed this type of help and didn’t know where to turn, and although it was challenging at first, Carrie persevered.

With her kid’s stability and well-being at the core of her mission, she set out to find a new house they could make their home.

Through her role at the local community center, she learned about a new program offered through
2-1-1 of Northeast Michigan
that provided the resources they needed to get back on their feet. Through this program, they were able to get housing support quickly and moved into their new place just before Christmas.

From there, Carrie and her kids settled into their new normal and rebuilt their life from the ground up. With the support of their community, they got through the most challenging time of their life.