Below you will find our Partner Agencies. Partner agencies are organizations that have been awarded money through an allocation application process and approved by panels consisting of local volunteer peers. The money awarded goes to fund the programs they provide which are listed below.  



  • TEEN IMPACT program provides teens, 14 to 17 years old, with the balance of structured and unstructured learning environments that motivate, build hope and develop skills needed to bring excellence and direction to their education, work, home and personal lives. This is accomplished through a learning and recreation experience, and mentoring with special emphasis on leadership, life skills, and interpersonal relationships.
  • TEEN CENTER - provides safe, healthy, afterschool activities for students grades 6-12.


  • STUDENT AND FAMILY TRANSPORTATION SERVICES provides passes through the Wex Express to provided students transportation to and from school as well as parents the transportation to and from school for meetings when transportation barriers prevent them the ability to be there. 


  • FAMILY SERVICES provides professional family counseling, alcohol and substance abuse programs, and maternal support for young mothers.


  • MENTORING CHILDREN AND YOUTH: The objective is to increase the rate of school success and high school graduation amongst Lake City's at-risk children.
  • BACK PACK PROGRAM: Food Packs. To increase the likelihood of children's success at school by ensuring they have enough to eat on weekends.​​​​​​​
  • MENTORING ADULTS: The objective is the strengthen the Wexford/Missaukee communities by providing trained mentors for adults who desire to transition from poverty into self-sustained living, particularly as it relates to housing. 


  • FOOD PANTRY AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE provides the community of Missaukee county with food such as those needed to prepare full meals with fresh food. Assistance is also given in the form of gas vouchers, heating fuel utilities, emergency shut-offs, rent and temporary shelter. 


  • BARTER LABOR offers and avenue for individuals to earn funds towards outstanding bills and debt, gain work experience, and find community in a safe and rewarding atmosphere.


  • HOME BUILD strives to provide safe and affordable housing for residents within our community. They serve families who fit into HUD income guidelines and continue to mentor and work with them to be successful homeowners. They are a hand up, not a handout, and their goal is to provide attainable housing for residents to own.

IMAGINATION LIBRARY The Wexford-Missaukee Imagination Library serves the area covered by the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District. The program provides a book, free of  charge, in the mail each month to all children in the ISD service area, ages birth to five years, whose parent chooses to sign up.


  • SENIOR CITIZEN SERVICES provides services for the aged population by providing hot meals Monday through Friday at their congregate site and 5-7 frozen "meals on wheels" or home delivered meals to homebound seniors. Their center also provides an important gathering place for companionship. Physical and mental health is provided through exercise programs along with various types of games and activities to improve cognitive function.

NEW HOPE SHELTER provides shelter for men, women and children for nearly 29 years. They have recently build a new facility which has opened up and continues to provide safe and warm shelter with hot showers and food for those in need.


  • PARENTING SERVICES provides parenting and family management classes and support groups to families looking to improve their parenting skills. The main goal of the center is to preserve the integrity of the family unit and prevent domestic violence, and child abuse and neglect.  They also work to promote community awareness about domestic violence and resources available to meet family needs.
  • FUNDING for shelter operations


  • EMERGENCY HOUSING provides the following types of support to individuals and families in our community. Emergency motel stays when crisis hits, eviction prevention, and safe housing move in assistance.
  • UTILITY ASSISTANCE ensures that those individuals who may not qualify for state funded assistance programs, or who have maxed out their benefits are still able to receive assistance when a crisis arrives.
  • TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE provides gas cards to families experiencing mobility obstacles for work, medical appointments, and food sourcing.
  • LAUNDRY SERVICES makes resources available to individuals and families who are experiencing difficulty accessing laundry services by providing laundry vouchers for local laundry mats and/or laundry soap.

STAIRCASE RUNAWAY & YOUTH SERVICES provides free, confidential information, counseling and emergency foster care to teens, their parents and families, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Additionally, we have our UNITED WAY COMMUNITY RESPONSE GRANTS which address community emergencies and new programs. Information and application are available from United Way of Wexford-Missaukee Counties (231) 775-3753 or on-line at opportunities.