Grand Traverse County
The Laundry Project provides assistance to those families and individuals who have limited funds to have their laundry cleaned. Participating laundromats provides funds during specific days and times to those families in need. The program lasts during the school year and is stopped during the summer. Please inform them that you want to participate in the Laundry Project and complete the sign-in sheet. Please remember to respect social distancing as only so many people are allowed in the laundromats at one time.
The Traverse City Laundry Project is now open for Eastfield Laundry at 8th Street on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. Traverse City Laundry in Garfield Plaza will be the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 8:30 am to 11:30 am.
TCAPS Offering Virtual Counseling Services to Students, Families
Traverse City Area Public Schools is offering virtual counseling services to students or families while schools are closed due to the coronavirus.
TCAPS says they will provide virtual counseling services to students or families requiring assistance.
Parents will need to fill out a form. Certified staff will then reach out within 24 hours via phone call of a Google Hangout.
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The Laundry Project in Grand Traverse County is suspended for the next two weeks (this applies to both locations, regularly scheduled times 3/19 & 3/26). A sign explaining these changes will be posted at each location. While we understand that there is still a need for this service, we must respect the State and Federal guidelines to keep all staff, volunteers, and participants safe. We will re-evaluate prior to the April 2nd date in hopes that this valuable program can resume as regularly scheduled prior to students’ return to school. Thank you for your understanding. For further information please email email@example.com
TRAVERSE CITY — Several area pantries plan to remain open during the Michigan school closures.
The Salvation Army provides its community meals as takeout and lunches can be picked up at the emergency disaster truck at 1239 Barlow St. between noon and 1 p.m.
Most organizations are restricting in-person visits and encourage calling ahead.
Meals are available at the following times and locations:
- ACTS in Williamsburg — 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
- Christ Church — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5:30 p.m. Saturday
- Church of the Nazarene — 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays
- Elk Rapids Community Cupboard at First Presbyterian Church. Contact Pam Coleman, 847-445-8239.
- Father Fred Foundation — 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays
- Faith Reformed Church — 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday (teens), 5:30 p.m. Thursday
- Grace Episcopal — noon to 2 p.m. Monday and Friday, 1 p.m. Sunday
- Immaculate Conception — 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Kandu Island — 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
- Salvation Army — 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Monday and Friday; Sal’s Kitchen Meals at noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Prepared food baskets will be distributed — guests will not be able to make individual selections. Community Shelf: Fresh food distribution will be available from 11:50 a.m.-1 p.m. with food being distributed by a team member. Social Services appointments will be scheduled with case management team as normal.
- St. Patrick Church — 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Thursday
- Traverse City High School (Step Up) — 231-933-5860
- Trinity Lutheran Church — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday
Food Bank Council
TRAVERSE CITY — Food Bank Council of Michigan offers to feed children during the statewide school closure, in effect through April 5. Nearly 900,000 students will miss breakfast and lunch during the next three weeks. Food Bank Council, through the Michigan Department of Education, applied for waivers to activate the Summer Feeding program, which would cover the costs of feeding children.
The USDA granted the request, waiving the requirement that kids must eat in a group at schools.
Regional bank locations include Goodwill of Northern Michigan’s Food Rescue program in Traverse City. Call 517-485-1202 to donate or volunteer for distribution.
TRAVERSE CITY — Books-A-Million recently started a free curbside pick-up option. Customers can buy items online, call the store when they arrive and receive their purchases at their vehicle. The local store is currently open. Call 231-935-0194 for more details.
Brilliant Books in Traverse City and Cottage Books in Glen Arbor also offer curbside pickup
Meals for students
TRAVERSE CITY — Many area schools announced that they will give meals to students missing breakfast and/or lunch during the state-mandated closures. Students can get free breakfast and lunch at most schools.
- TCAPS — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 18-20, 23-26 at Blair Elementary, Long Lake Elementary, Traverse Heights Elementary and East Middle School. Weekend meals may be available upon request. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kingsley Area Schools — 4:30-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Hannah St. Mary’s or 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Kingsley Methodist Church. 231-263-5261.
- GTACS — March 23 at Immaculate Conception
Leslie Meyers, Antrim County Emergency Services Coordinator, (o) 231-533-6569, (c) 231-632-6080
Health Department of Northwest Michigan, 231-347-5628 (main office) or 800-386-5959 (public health information line)
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services statewide hotline for health-related questions, 888-535-6136
McLaren Northern Michigan hotline, 231-487-5550
Kyle Marshall, corporate chef for Magnum Hospitality, (231) 838-1975
TBA Credit Union Service Center, 231-946-7090
McLaren Northern Michigan offers a telehealth service for $29, 800-248-6777
Northern Michigan Community Action Agency Meals on Wheels information: Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties: Lisa Robitshek, Jennifer Watkins or David Hagen, 231-947-3780; Wexford and Missaukee counties: Chuck Dolley, 231-775-9781; Manistee County: Bonnie Kruse, 231-723-6461
Michigan musician Joshua Davis offers online songwriting, guitar, banjo, ukulele and mandolin lessons for all ages. People can message him through Instagram.
Michigan unemployment benefits and Work Share program, Michigan.gov/UIA or 1-866-500-0017
Michigan Economic Development Corporation, 888-522-0103
Old Mission Bakery, 813 S. Garfield, offers free bread daily to anyone in need, 231-421-7018
Online fitness classes through MOSSA, including Strength Train Together, Cardio Step Together and Active Together. Workouts are free for up to 60 days. https://bit.ly/2WpRnU6
Bayview Inn collects donations of feminine hygiene products for girls who cannot access them while schools are closed.
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians services: Tribal Manager Sonya Zotigh, Sonya.Zotigh@gtbindians.com or GTB Health Director Soumit Pendharkar, 231-631-2978.
The National Rifle Association offers its Experienced Hunter Education Course for free. Course includes a review of firearm safety and safe hunting practices, 800-672-3888
Social and emotional health numbers:
- 24-hour mental health crisis line: 1-833-295-0616 (Northern Lakes Community Mental Health-FAST)
- Crisis counselor text line (24/7, national service): text HOME to 741741
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
- OK2SAY: https://www.michigan.gov/ok2say/
- For medical or safety emergencies, call 9-1-1.
People eligible for Students in Transition Empowerment Program (STEP) with unmet needs, contact Abby Jordan at 231-933-5901.
Michigan’s Child Nutrition programs: Office of Health and Nutrition Services’ Director Diane Golzynski, 517-241-5374 or email@example.com