Special Olympics Area 13

Special Olympics helps people of all ages with intellectual disabilities improve their fitness, learn sports skills, and experience the joy of competition and winning through regular training and year-round events.

With 23 sports to choose from, athletes can train for many different skills and sports. Enrolling in Special Olympics means joining a family of over one million athletes in the United States and more than 170 other countries. Athletes will enjoy the best physical training and competition available to such special individuals.

Special Olympics provide opportunities to meet new people, make friends, travel, and enjoy various social events with other athletes and volunteers. It enables families to train together, have common goals, and become an integral part of the sports world in Special Olympics. Through Special Olympics Michigan, athletes gain self-esteem, discipline, and courage, which carry over to all other aspects of their lives, including school, home, and the workplace.


To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must have an intellectual disability, a cognitive delay, or a developmental disability; that is, functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills. Participation in Special Olympics can begin at age 8, and there is no maximum age limit; children ages 2-7 can take part in the Young Athletes Program. People without intellectual disabilities can take part in Unified Sports (teams that include people with and without intellectual disabilities).

Reach-Runaway Program

Life on the street can be tough, cold, and damp.

Reach-Runaway Program can offer you a way out!

We’ll give you clean clothes, warm meals, and a place to stay.

Counseling is available to help you reach your goals so that you can realize your dreams and ambitions.

Trust us today to help you in your hour of need!

Helpful youth social services that will help you get back on your feet:

  • Meal services
  • Clothing services
  • Youth counseling
  • Crisis intervention services
  • Housing – Sleeping quarters

We are licensed by the state of Michigan for your protection.

24-hour crisis intervention is available for your convenience and peace of mind.

Call Reach-Runaway Program today at 810-233-8700 to ask us about the fresh clothing and home-cooked meals that we provide.

N.E.W. Life Center

In the Flint vicinity, many mothers and grandmothers who raise children suffer financial hardships due to national and local economic issues, and personal circumstances. Founded in 2002, the St. Luke N.E.W. (North End Women’s) Life Center was created by co-founders Sister Carol Weber and Sister Judy Blake and inspired by the real life events of a Flint mother who gave birth in an abandoned home.

Sister Carol Weber and Sister Judy Blake are co-founders for this ministry

The Center also offers job training for women caregivers through N.E.W. Life Enterprises, Inc. N.E.W. Life Enterprises has combined two older businesses (Scrubs 4 You and MI Gowns 2 Kover) to provide quality patient hospital gowns, scrubs for medical personnel, and embroidery. Teaching women sewing skills empowers them to provide for their children, which in turn provides positive ripples through our community, both economically and socially. Product purchases enable reinvestment to reach more local caregivers in need of help.

Our scrubs, gowns, and other merchandise are custom crafted, unique, comfortable, and durable, and they are made with exceptional quality by women in Flint.

We also know caring for our community includes green efforts to reduce our footprint by reducing our waste. Material scraps are used to make smaller items such as tote bags and cell phone covers. We even use smaller material scraps and extra thread to make doggie beds which are donated to the Genesee Animal Shelter.

N.E.W. Life Enterprises is partially funded by a grant from the Congregation of St. Joseph Generous Promises Grant Fund. Please help us help others by making a purchase, offering a donation, or volunteering.

Genesee County Free Medical Clinic

Genesee County Free Medical Clinic

The mission of the Free Clinic is to provide quality health care (not including emergency care and obstetrics) to the uninsured without regard to race, creed and ethnicity, in a safe environment and respectful manner. (click here for a brochure).

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Income less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (225% FPL for limited services)
  • 18-65 years of age
  • Current Genesee County resident
  • Must have a social security number
  • Must not have any form of health insurance

The Free Clinic provides intake, triage, and physician consultations, referrals to specialists and tests, and health education.  There is also an on-site pharmacy. There is NO CHARGE for services or prescribed medications as well as for specialty care and tests by referral.


PLEASE NOTE: Patients are seen by appointment only.

For more information call (810) 235-4211.


Food Bank of Eastern Michigan

  • 17.1% of People in eastern Michigan are Living in Food Insecure Households
  • 251,670 People in eastern Michigan are Food Insecure
  • Michigan Still Struggles to Recover and Neighbors Need Our Help
  • Families are Struggling with Hunger in Every County of the Nation

Mapping the Gap Food Insecurity

Nationally, Feeding America continues work on Mapping the Meal Gap in our Nation. This year’s update to previously released numbers remains groundbreaking in that it analyzes each county’s food insecure child population. The research, supported by ConAgra Foods Foundation, Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Nielsen, provides real numbers to quantify a sobering reality: child food insecurity exists in every county in every state across America.
The estimates of child food insecurity also include household income which is critical information for developing strategies to alleviate child hunger as households living above 185% of the federal poverty line typically are not eligible for federal child nutrition programs like reduced-price school meals. Quite simply, federal child nutrition programs are not currently reaching all food insecure children leaving potential for long-term consequences. Nutrition programs provide a lifeline to struggling families protecting families against hunger when combined with other resources like food banks.

The Warming Center

warmingcenterThe Warming Center, located on 5th Avenue in Flint (St. Michael’s School bldg.) will be open Dec. 2nd through April 1st.The Center will serve 3 meals a day and offer a warm place 24/7. It is anticipated they will be serving meals to 150 people a day and providing 40-50 people a place to stay at night.