and is a community resource for Dearborn, Dearborn Heights and Downriver — places to go, things to see and more.

Throughout this site, we've included information about service and nonprofit organizations; fraternal groups; health agencies; senior citizen clubs; houses of worship; schools; recreational activities; municipal, county, state and federal offices; and more.



AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program; 15100 North Line Road, Room 157, Southgate 48195; 1-734-281-2470; Joan Hulet, project director.
The organization offers employment and training services for those age 40 and older.

ACCESS; 2651 Saulino Court, Dearborn 48120; 1-313-842-7010; Hassan Jaber, executive director.
The Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services started in 1971 in a storefront in Dearborn's South End to aid the Arab-American community. Now known as ACCESS, it has seven locations and 90 programs that serve people regardless of ethnicity. It offers community health, employment and training, youth and social service programs. ACCESS also has a national outreach program and founded the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn.

Adult Well-Being Services; 1423 Field Ave., Detroit 48214; 1-313-924-7860; Karen Schrock, president/CEO.
Through services, family support and advocacy, AWBS promotes well-being and independence of adults in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties as they age.

American Indian Services Inc.; 1110 Southfield Road, Lincoln Park 48146; 1-313-388-4100; Fay Givens, director.
The agency provides youth programs, case management, therapy, free legal services and a monthly food program to any American Indian in Wayne County.

American Red Cross-Southeastern Michigan Chapter; 100 Mack, Detroit 48201; 1-313-833-4440.

Arab-American Civil Rights League; 4917 Schaefer Road, Suite 209, Dearborn 48126; 1-313-633-0231; Rana Abbas, executive director.
The nonprofit group's motto is "Preserving and protecting civil rights. For all." All services for the nonprofit group, including legal advice, are free. All complaints must be accompanied by a written statement of facts.

Arc Downriver; 4212 13th St., Wyandotte 48192; 1-734-283-0710; Kevin McGuckin, executive director.
Arc Downriver advocates for people who are developmentally challenged and have cognitive impairments, and their families, by promoting choices, creating opportunities and providing support needed to fully participate in the community.

Children with Hairloss; 12776 S. Dixie Highway, South Rockwood 48179; 1-734-379-4400; Regina Villemure, director.
The organization was created as a resource for all children who have medically related hair loss. Its mission is to empower these children to become whole again by making hair available to those who might be financially challenged.

ChristNet Rotating Homeless Shelter; West Mound United Methodist Church, 22395 Eureka Road, Taylor 48180; 1-734-671-1300; Debra Petri, executive director.
Intake is at 6:30 p.m. daily from October to June at the church.

Community Care Services; 26184 W. Outer Drive, Lincoln Park 48146; 1-313-389-7500; Susan Kozak, executive director.
Community Care Services, a nonprofit agency, provides outpatient mental health and substance abuse services to more than 3,000 individuals and families each year. It has outpatient sites in Lincoln Park, Taylor and Belleville.

Community Living Services; 35425 Michigan Ave., Wayne 48184; 1-866-381-7600; James Dehem, president/CEO.
Community Living Services is a private, nonprofit organization promoting inclusion, full citizenship and a self-determined life for people with developmental disabilities. It is funded by the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency and provides support and services to more than 3,000 adults and children in Wayne and Oakland counties. One of its services is the Parkside Pioneers Senior Activity Center, 24730 Eureka Road, Taylor. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and its telephone number is 1-734-947-9219.

Downriver Community Conference; 15100 North Line Road, Southgate 48195; 1-734-362-7070; James Perry, executive director.
Services include employment/training, economic development and low-income home weatherization. There is a Michigan Works! office. The DCC also is a venue for member communities to coordinate issues, including Downriver Mutual Aid for emergency services. Member communities are Allen Park, Brownstown Township, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, Huron Township, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge, Riverview, Rockwood, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor, Trenton, Woodhaven and Wyandotte.

Family First Home Health Care of Downriver; One Heritage Drive, Suite 440, Southgate 48195; 1-313-922-8885.
Support Groups forming related to benefits for the aging, dementia, fall risks, recent age related diagnosis, care of our elderly, chronic diseases and coping. Please join us for this ongoing journey together with care, compassion and professional help.

First Step; 1-888-453-5900; Judy Ellis, executive director.
First Step provides comprehensive services and support, at no charge, for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Services include shelter, a 24-hour help line, legal information, assault response to area hospitals, counseling, support groups, children's programs and more. There are offices in Plymouth, Wayne and Redford Township.

H.Y.P.E. Athletics Community; 23302 W. Warren Ave., Dearborn Heights 48127; 1-313-357-5458; Ali Sayed, CEO.
H.Y.P.E. stands for Helping Youth Progress & Excel. It offers fitness facilities and classes; a computer lab; a library/resource room; tutoring; mentoring; career development; substance abuse prevention programs; and more.

Julie's List; Julie Kennedy-Carpenter.
The website provides contact information for southeastern Michigan agencies that can provide various types of assistance. Among the listings are federal, private, cultural and religious agencies. All listings are for free or low-cost services. Email:

Lakeshore Legal Aid; 1-888-783-8190.
Lakeshore is a not-for-profit law firm providing a wide range of free civil legal assistance and ombudsman services to low-income people and seniors in 47 Michigan counties. To speak with an attorney call toll-free (888) 783-8190 Monday-Thursday 9 AM to 7 PM and Friday 9 AM to 3 PM.

Marriage Resource Center; 16776 Southfield Freeway, Detroit 48235; 1-313-278-4400; Julie Bock, executive director.
Couples, singles and family workshops are offered.

Oakwood Taylor Teen Health Center; 19275 North Line Road, Southgate 48195; 1-734-287-2076.
The center provides general medical care, family planning, prevention and health education programs and counseling for ages 10 to 21 and special education students up to age 26. Parental consent is required for medical services for those younger than 18.

Penrickton Center for Blind Children; 26530 Eureka Road, Taylor 48180; 1-734-946-7500; Kurt Sebaly, executive director.
Penrickton Center, established in 1952, is a private, nonprofit five-day residential and day care agency serving blind, multidisabled children ages 1 to 12.

SMART bus service; 535 Griswold, Suite 600, Detroit 48226; 1-866-962-5515; John Hertel, general manager.
The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation offers bus service in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties. Among the communities it serves are Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge, Riverview, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor, Trenton and Wyandotte. SMART has fixed-route, connector and community transit services.

Southeast Michigan Community Alliance; 25363 Eureka Road, Taylor 48180; 1-734-229-3500; Gregory Pitoniak, CEO.
SEMCA is a Michigan Works! agency. It assists individuals with job searches and skills training, and helps businesses connect with skilled workers and access regulatory and technicial assistance. SEMCA also administers federal and state substance-abuse treatment and prevention programs.

Team Mental Health Services; 22720 W. Michigan Ave., Dearborn 48124; 1-313-274-3700; Antonio Pollicella, CEO.
Outpatient and mental health services are offered. There also are locations in Southgate and Detroit.

The Guidance Center; 13101 Allen Road, Southgate 48195; 1-734-785-7700; Kari Walker, president/CEO.
The Guidance Center is a behavioral health and human services agency that has been in the Downriver community since 1958. It provides a broad range of services that help children, adults and families unlock potential and build better lives. Four key focus areas are: Early Childhood; Children & Youth; Adult Services; and Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities. The agency's mission is to enhance the development and well-being of children, adults and families in need throughout the communities it serves so that people thrive at home, school, work and community life.

The Guidance Center Community Garden; Walter White Community Resource Center, 550 Eaton, River Rouge 48218; 1-734-785-7705, ext. 7123; Rich Casteels, director.
It's part of the Green Recovery Project, a three-year initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The garden provides social, recreational, vocational and educational opportunities for people with mental illnesses and other disabilities. Year-round activities include plant exchanges, harvest celebrations and craft shows, and there are weekly workshops on topics like food preservation, organic crafts and garden photography.

The Guidance Center: Kids-TALK Children's Advocacy Center; 40 E. Ferry St., Detroit 48202; 1-313-833-2970.
Also Southgate main campus at 734-785-7700. The Kids-TALK CAC provides timely forensic interviews, advocacy services, medical evaluations and therapeutic support of children, ages 3-17, who are the suspected victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, and instances of violent crime. The program offers child victims access to these important services in a safe, comfortable environment that is staffed by professionals experienced with child abuse and trauma.

The Information Center; 20400 Superior Road, Taylor 48180; 1-734-282-7171; Edward D'Angelo, President and CEO.
The Information Center is an accredited nonprofit information and referral agency that connects people with services that can help them. For over 40 years, The Information Center has served Downriver and surrounding communities. Since 1975, The Information Center has provided a community Helpline with free comprehensive information and referral services for the public; assistance to the unemployed; services for seniors and the disabled and personalized assistance understanding eligibility for public benefits and other human services.

The Information Center; 1-800-285-WORK.
The Information Center is a part of Southeast Michigan Community Alliance's (SEMCA) Michigan Works!, a One-Call/One-Stop system that connects individuals and businesses with the services they need. We provide the initial assessment, help you find resources that may be preventing you from employment, and direct you to the appropriate service and training agency to meet your needs. From there, you will find help getting your job or career search started. One-Call does it all! Call (800) 285-WORK. Call today. Supported by The State of Michigan and the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance.

The Senior Alliance, Area Agency on Aging 1-C; 3850 Second St., Suite 100, Wayne 48184; 1-800-815-1112; Bob Brown, executive director.
The Senior Alliance coordinates a comprehensive network of services in 34 Wayne County communities, including Dearborn, Dearborn Heights and all of Downriver.

United Way for Southeastern Michigan 2-1-1 service; 660 Woodward Ave., Suite 300, Detroit 48226; 211 or 1-313-226-9200; Michael Brennan, president/CEO.
United Way 2-1-1 is a multilingual, comprehensive information and referral service available 24 hours a day for residents of Wayne, Monroe, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Lapeer counties. Its database contains more than 20,000 programs and services such as after-school programs, senior care services, medical and prescription assistance, credit counseling and mortgage foreclosure assistance, and housing and utility resources. People also can call 2-1-1 to be connected to volunteer opportunities.

Vista Maria; 20651 W. Warren Ave., Dearborn Heights 48127; 1-313-271-3050; Angela Aufdemberge, president/CEO.
Vista Maria offers intensive residential programs for abused, neglected and traumatized girls ages 11 to 17, and there are two charter schools on campus. It also offers community-based services for girls and boys ages 6 to 17 who are in the state's foster care system.

Wayne County Veterans' Services; 28 W. Adams, Suite 1710, Detroit 48226; 1-313-224-5040; Joseph Howard.
The Wayne County Veterans' Services office is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays. It provides emergency assistance to honorably discharged indigent wartime veterans, and the indigent spouses, minor children and parents of the indigent or deceased veteran. The purpose of the financial hardship program is to support and provide temporary assistance so that the immediate needs are met. The county also provides funeral assistance to veterans who served at least 90 days of wartime service honorably or the spouse or widow(er) of a qualifying veteran who at time of death the personal estate does not exceed $40,000. Required documents are DD-214 (military discharge) or service letter; valid state of Michigan photo ID; verification of income and expenses; utility shutoff notice; foreclosure notice; eviction notice (court-ordered judgement); tax notice of property being taken for delinquent taxes (foreclosure); marriage license; birth certificate; or proof of legal guardianship for minor children. For deceased veterans, also bring a death certificate and an itemized funeral bill, if applying for burial reimbursement. Additionally, veterans service officers will assist qualifying veterans filing for federal Veterans Affairs disability claims or pensions.

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency; 2121 Biddle Ave., Suite 102, Wyandotte 48192; 1-734-284-6999; Louis Piszker, CEO.
Programs and services include employment and training; outreach and emergency services; homelessness prevention; a senior caregiver program; youth and family services, including Head Start; and community development, including low-income weatherization and housing rehabilitation. There also are offices in Taylor, Romulus, Dearborn, Plymouth and Garden City.

Wyandotte Clinic for the Working Uninsured; 3333 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte 48192; 1-734-365-3560; Nancy Zack, clinic administrator.
Patients must make an appointment, be at least 18 years old and have proof of current employment with no medical insurance benefits. Services include primary care office visits, including diabetes and hypertension management; women's health checkups, pap smears and breast exams; podiatric services; nutrition counseling; work physicals; and referrals. The clinic is a partnership with Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.

Zaman International; 5203 Schafer, Dearborn 48126; 1-313-551-3994; Najah Bazzy, president.
The organization offers programs that help people locally and globally. Its mission statement is: "To facilitate change and advance the lives of marginalized women and children, by enabling them to meet essential needs common to all humankind."


The Guidance Center Community Resource Centers; 13101 Allen Road, Southgate 48195; 1-734-785-7700, ext. 7053.
The centers serve families through a resource library, parent/child play groups, parent interest groups, infant massage classes, workshops and a lending library with books and "literacy bags," toys, games and videos, after-school programming, summer camps and parenting workshops. There are sites in Flat Rock, Lincoln Park, River Rouge, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor and Van Buren Township.
Early Childhood Support Services: The program supports families with children up to age 5 through a variety of services, including Parents as Teachers, Early On, Early Learning Communities and Let's Talk.
Developmental Disabilities Program: The Guidance Center offers services to adults and children with developmental disabilities that are designed to provide comprehensive treatment based on the individual's specific needs. The DD staff is committed to offer strength-based interventions and approaches that empower the individual as well as the family.
P.L.A.Y. Project: Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters provides intensive in-home training and support for families of children with autism.
Juvenile Justice Program: Provides home-based rehabilitative delinquency services to children and their families. Children's cases must have been handled by Wayne County Circuit Court and they must be a ward of the Wayne County Department of Children & Family Services.
School-Based Services/Prevention & Diversion Program: Provides support, guidance and positive opportunities to help those ages 7 to 17 develop skills and make safe, healthy choices.