NOTE! JUST ADDED 6/24/2013
Did you know The Friend of the Court in ALL of the Counties in the State of Michigan have
forgiveness and matching programs for state-owed child support arrearages? If the custodial
parent of the child(ren) received public assistance, child support arrearages are typically owed
to the State. The forgiveness program will waive all of the State-owed arrearages and the matching program will reduce the state-owed arrearage by the same amount of the payment made to the
custodial parent. (Any arrearages owed to the custodial parent are the property of that parent
and only that parent can agree to waive arrearages, accept a lower amount or enforce payment).
The forms can be found on any of The Friend of the Court websites and do not require a fee or a hearing; just simply fill them out and send them to The Friend of the Court in the County in which you owe the child support arrearages for processing. State-owed child support arrearages can
be forgiven for a number of reasons such as prior incarceration, medical debt, currently residing
with the children or custodial parent, disability and a variety of other reasons. Please take advantage of these programs while they are available. If you have a legal matter, please feel free to contact Legal Aid & Defender Association at 1-877-964-4700 to open a file.
Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 15th, 2013, The Michigan State Housing Development Authority will
spend up to $30,000 each to pay a homeowner's delinquent taxes, interest, fees and condominium association dues! Under the program, homeowners seeking relief have to apply online at www.stepforwardmichigan.org. If approved, the money will be sent to the county treasurer's
office, which will pay off the delinquent taxes. To qualify, homeowners have to use their homes
as their primary residences, demonstrate significant hardship that has caused them to fall behind
on their property taxes and have less than six months of family cash reserves. A county treasurer's office retains the right to disapprove assistance, even after MiSHD approves it. At $206 million statewide, the program could help at least 6,800 people at the maximum amount of $30,000 each!
Does The I.R.S. Owe You Money?
Website: www.irs.gov (click on the "Where's My Refund?" link)
The I.R.S. has $1.4 million that it is trying to give to Michigan residents! The checks average $812.46
and couldn't be delivered by the Post Office and were returned to the I.R.S. Have you moved since
filing? You will need your Social Security number, filing status and your expected refund amount.
Search for Unclaimed Child Support Funds
Child Support customers are required to provide their current address and any change of address
to their Friend of the Court. Some customers do not keep their address updated and when funds
are received on the case, the State cannot forward those funds. Other customers receive checks
that they have not cashed for some reason. The State holds these unclaimed funds for one year.
The law requires that after one year the Office of Child Support must escheat (transfer) the money
to the Department of Treasury's unclaimed property division. To reduce the unclaimed money that
must be sent to Treasury, the Office of Child Support is offering customers the opportunity to search for unclaimed support larger than $1 by providing your name and last four digits of your social security number below.
Do You Have Unclaimed Property?
Phone: 517-636-5329 Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The state of Michigan is holding millions of dollars in unclaimed property accounts; dormant bank accounts, uncashed checks, stock certificates, insurance policies and valuables left behind in safe deposit boxes. The State will return these assets to their original owners or legal heirs when rightfully claimed. There is also a link, "Missing Money" for those who have lived in other states!
Have You Had An FHA-Insured Mortgage?
If you have ever had an FHA insured mortgage, you may be eligible for a refund!
Are You Forgetting About A Pension?
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Phone: 1-800-400-7242 NEW Web Address!
Are you one of the estimated 36,000 Americans who have money owed them from pension programs? Nearly $197 million in unclaimed pension benefits are waiting for their rightful owners. Just search
by your name, state or company on the above federal agency site that insures more than 29,000
pension plans in the event the employer files for bankruptcy or decides to terminate the plan.
Top Class Actions Website
You could be a plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of you and other consumers.
Hundreds of these lawsuits are won every year, which means you could be due for a refund.
To see if you are eligible for any claims visit the website above!
The Beautiful & Bald Movement
Dome Decorating Kits are free packages sent out through The Beautiful and Bald Movement
to women and children across the country and around the world, who live with hair loss due
to chemo, alopecia, Trichotillomania or any autoimmune disease. These packages are put
together to bring a smile, build self esteem and comfort to women and children who live with
stares because of their hair loss. Bald is Beautiful! To request a Dome Decorating Package
for yourself or a loved one, please fill out the form on the Request A Dome Decorating Package
Fertile Hope’s Sharing Hope Program
From LIVESTRONG is not free, but it does offer financial assistance for newly diagnosed young
women facing infertility due to cancer treatment so they can freeze their eggs or embryos. There
are income caps for eligibility. Access links to more information about the US Adoption Tax Credit
to programs that provide grants and financial assistance for adoption.
A leading voice for African American breast cancer survivors, this program provides FREE services
to women facing financial challenges during treatment, radiation and chemotherapy, including medical related lodging, co-pays, office visits and prosthesis. They also provide FREE mammogram's.
Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation
2801 Morlock Street
McKeesport, PA 15132
Offers limited FREE financial assistance to women under 30 living with breast cancer for medical-
related expenses only.
CancerCare Get You There
Phone: 800-813-HOPE (4673)
This program provides individual grants to metastatic breast cancer patients to cover transportation costs such as gasoline, parking, tolls, taxi, bus or train fare to and from their treatment. Patients must meet certain eligibility criteria to get this FREE service.
Cancer Fund of America Inc.
Cancer Fund of America is a non-profit organization set up to help cancer patients, hospices,
and other non-profit healthcare providers by way of sending products free of charge directly
3040 Bloomfield Shore Dr.
West Bloomfield MI 48323
The mission of this foundation is to guide grieving families who have experienced the tragic
loss of a child with compassionate care throughout their healing process. Focused on providing resources for emotional counseling, fulfilling basic day-to-day needs while continuing to educate
the public about the importance of yearly influenza vaccinations.
The Dream Foundation is the first nonprofit organization to grant wishes to terminally ill adults
over the age of 18. The foundation operates on a small-cash budget and relies on non-monetary donations such as airline tickets, hotel rooms and meals. The organization grants wishes to those
who are expected to have less than a year to live. Common dreams include reunions with old friends, family trips with children and items for comfort. The wish may be for financial assistance
Offers grants for qualified people fighting colorectal cancer. The money can be used for transportation
to and from medical appointments, child care and groceries.
Colon Cancer Alliance
Offers resources to help you find ways to pay for basic needs during colon cancer treatment;
can help low-income families and can help you find free ostomy supplies, education and community resources.
The American Cancer Society
Has classes and professionals who can help you with nutrition, finances, self-care during chemotherapy and learning more about colon cancer. ACS also sponsors the Hope Lodge, a resource for discounted lodging during treatment.
Shades of Pink Foundation
PO Box 2538
Birmingham, MI 48012
Phone: 248-318-6603 Karen Bourlier, President
This foundation provides temporary financial assistance to women experiencing financial distress
as a result of breast cancer. Whether it's helping with a mortgage payment, the grocery bills or transportation, Shades of Pink Foundation is committed to easing the financial burden of a breast
cancer diagnosis for women from hospitals in Metro-Detroit. Serves: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Wasthtenaw counties.
Karmanos Cancer Center
4100 John R
Detroit MI 48201
Phone: 1-800-KARMANOS (527-6266)
The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center has received a $25,000 grant through the Farrah Fawcett Foundation to establish the Farrah Fawcett Fund for Patient Assistance at Karmanos. The fund will
be administered by Karmanos’ Social Work Department and will provide assistance to patients being treated at the center. The fund will help patients defray the costs of medication, gas, rent/mortgage expenses, household utility costs and other basic daily needs. This is for Karmanos patients!
The Thin Blue Line of Michigan
P.O. Box 415
Howell MI 48844
An organization that assists police officers and firefighters in times of crisis.
Detroit Firemen's Fund Association
1301Third Street, Ste. 329
Detroit, MI 48226
The Detroit Firemen's Benevolent Fund is a 148 year old organization dedicated to serving catastrophically injured Detroit Firefighters, families of fallen firefighters, and our community.
In addition to assisting families who are struggling with the death or life-altering injury of a
firefighter, we help fund community events, block clean-ups, board-ups of vacant houses
and college scholarships to promote higher education.
Elder Law of Michigan
3815 West St. Joseph Suite C200
Lansing MI 48917
Phone: 517-485-9164 OR 866-400-9164
Concerned about your pension with an automotive company/supplier filing for bankruptcy?
Funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging, helps retirees in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. The Mid-America Pension Rights Project searches for retirement benefits, advises individuals about their pension rights and actively works to resolve pension and other retirement
benefit disputes. Surviving spouses and dependents are also welcome to use their services.
There are no age or income requirements for service.
Rosemary A. Hockney Memorial Foundation / Angels of Hope
A Family Cancer Foundation
47496 Greenbriar Lane
Macomb MI 48044
Open to those in Michigan only.....offers a variety of services including financial!
Cancer Support Community
2010 Hogback Road, Suite 3
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Offers a variety of services to cancer patients.
The United Cancer Association
A nonprofit organization that assists low-income cancer patients with assistance
with housing, food, prescriptions and medical bills. Patients must live in Michigan,
have proof of residency, provide tax returns from the past 3 years and a doctor's
letter confirming diagnosis.
The Pink Daisy Project
The Pink Daisy Project isn’t raising money for research or awareness. Our goals are simple:
to help young women cope with the hardships of breast cancer treatment by providing care
and comfort. For our girls, it's too late for a cure. They need help TODAY.
Groceries and meals
Assistance with prescription costs
Other assistance as needed
Casting for Recovery
P.O. Box 1123
3738 Main Street
Manchester VT 05254
Phone: 802-362-9181 OR 888-553-3500
Founded on the principal that the natural world is a healing force and that cancer survivors
deserve one weekend---free of charge--to experience something new and challenging, while
enjoying beautiful surroundings within an intimate, safe & nurturing structure.
International Association of Hebrew Free Loans
6505 Wilshire Blvd. #715
Los Angeles CA 90048
6735 Telegraph Road #300
Bloomfield Hills MI 248-723-8184
Interest-free loans to Jewish people to help with emergencies, education and business needs.
The Clearity Foundation
7514 Girard Avenue Suite 218
La Jolla CA 92037-5147
This foundation will steer ovarian cancer patients to the right clinical trials through tumor
blueprints and help sponsor or pay treatment costs if not covered by insurance.
Friends for Life Cancer Support Network
4007 Kresge Way
Louisville KY 40207
Phone: 502-893-0643 OR 866-374-3634
Network of cancer survivors who provide companionship; one-on-one support to others diagnosed
with cancer and to loved ones matched with trained volunteers. Not a financial resource.
The Give a Gift Foundation
28351 Gratiot Suite 3
Roseville MI 48066
The primary purpose of The Give a Gift Foundation is to receive and administer funds for families
who have members with cancer and cancer-related illnesses. The Foundation helps people of all
ages, genders, races and religions with ALL types of cancer in S.E. Michigan. They will also provide recipient families with support to enhance their emotional, social and spiritual health.
The Good Shepherd Coalition
33222 Groesbeck Hwy.
Fraser MI 48026
The Good Shepherd Coalition is a group of churches that have formed partnerships with community-based organizations and agencies to assist people when the social services agencies are unable
to provide help, so that the people may achieve great self-sufficiency through Christian love and compassion, demonstrated through our faith in action with the provision of food, shelter, clothing, medical and other basic needs in order to bring transformation of lives through the power of God.
United Health Care Grants
United Healthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF) provides grants to families to help pay for child
health care services such as therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy sessions, prescriptions, and medical equipment such as wheelchairs, orthotics and eyeglasses. Parents and legal guardians
may apply for grants of up to $5,000 each for child medical services and equipment by completing
an application at the UHCCF website. If a grant is approved for the child, the grant will help pay for approved medical services & items after child's commercial health benefit plan submits payment for services provided, if any. The grant funds are not paid to the parents or guardian directly--invoices/
bills are submitted to UHCCF for approved medical services/items after the commercial health benefit plan submits payment (if any) to the health care provider. To be eligible for a grant, children must be
16 years of age or younger.
Michigan Dept. of Community Health Family Support Subsidy Program
Families with children with severe disabilities have many expenses other families do not. Uses for
the subsidy program might be the purchase of special equipment, special diets, large paper diapers, unique transportation costs, in-home specialized care, respite care, family counseling, support groups, general household expenses, family recreation and home remodeling to provide for the special needs of the child. This list is not all-inclusive. A unique feature of the subsidy is that the family decides its use to suit their needs. Payments are just over $200 per month. They are the same for all families and are issued near the end of each month. Families may be eligible for this program if they have a child under age 18 who has been recommended by a local or intermediate school district's multidisciplinary evaluation team with an eligibility category of cognitive impairment, severe multiple impairment (SXI) or autism spectrum disorder.
The Michigan Assistive Technology Loan Fund
Phone: 517-203-1200 OR 800-828-2714
Provides low-cost, fixed rate loans to qualified applicants to finance the purchase of assistive technology devices and services. Up to $30,000 can be borrowed for wheelchairs, scooters,
hearing aids, vision aids, vehicle and home modifications, and much more.
A Michigan-based website where individuals can buy, sell or giveaway assistive technology items.
These items are listed by category and within the categories, the individual listings will give you
the name of the item, pictures, cost (if applicable) and the location of the item.
Catholic Social Services
305 Michigan Avenue 10th Floor
Detroit MI 48226
Emergency financial help for different needs such as medications, utilities, clothing, etc.
2Hands is a free resource where people who have a need can easily post their request to be seen
by those with giving hearts who may have a hand to give. Once you have registered and posted
in your state, 2Hands will act as the portal for people who want to help you. If someone reads your posting and feels they can assist, they fill out the Request for Information form and 2Hands then
sends them your email address only, so a safe dialogue can begin before a decision is made to
continue forward with assistance. 2Hands exists with one purpose....to bring one hand together
Financial resources for those employed within the music and/or entertainment business.
Wide assortment of emergency funds listed. Look under Financial Info.
The Autism Can End Grant Fund
P.O. Box 182278
Shelby Township MI 48318
Provides non-income based grants for children and adults with autism, twice a year for families
located within the State of Michigan. The grants are paid directly to the licensed company,
doctor/pharmacy/facility service provider that the applicant designates. Proof of a diagnoses
of Autism, Asperger's or PDD-NOS is required at the time of application and must be within
the last three years. Must not have received a grant within the last 12 months.
Limbs for Life Foundation
9604 N. May Avenue
Oklahoma City OK 73120
Phone: 405-843-5174 OR 888-235-5462
Global non-profit dedicated to providing fully-functional prosthetic care for individuals
who cannot afford it. Must be a legal resident of the U.S. and have no felonies.
The Jake and Johnny Club
30665 Northwestern Hwy. #100
Farmington Hills MI 48334
The funds raised by the Jake and Johnny club are targeted to both research and supporting
all the people who are impacted by childhood leukemia and juvenile diabetes.
Chronic Disease Fund
6900 N. Dallas Parkway Suite 200
Plano TX 75024
Phone: 972-608-7141 OR 877-9687233
An independent, non-profit charitable organization that helps underinsured patients
with chronic disease, cancers or life-altering conditions obtain the expensive medications
they need. Assists patients throughout the U.S. who meet income qualification guidelines
and have private insurance or a Medicare Part D plan but cannot afford the co-payments
for their speciality therapeutics. They also pay for the patient's out-of-pocket costs directly
to the provider, eliminating the cash flow problems that can prevent them from getting their
medications. Chronic Disease Fund currently supports patients with more than a dozen different diseases, including many types of cancer (breast, colorectal, lung cancer, and multiple myeloma), multiple sclerosis, asthma and macular degeneration to name a few. Financial support is dependent
on each years donations.
Women Celebrating Life
23829 Van Horn Road
Flat Rock MI 48134
Gives money (usually in $250 increments) to area breast cancer patients with no strings attached. Patients are not required to fill out forms or disclose income or expenses. The nonprofit group
also sponsors a support group for women with breast cancer and helps to make sure mammograms
are available to women without insurance. Requests for the group's assistance come from many sources, including individuals, medical professionals, agencies and hair salons.
"I Promise" Program
This fund is to assist Downriver residents facing cancer. Eligible candidates can receive
help for prostheses, wigs, swimsuits and other items.
Josephine Ford Cancer Center-Dowriver
19675 Allen Road
Brownstown MI 48183
Has a free wig bank with wigs, hats, turbans and more for cancer patients and also offers free
yoga classes for cancer patients and survivors from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (only 1 yoga class per week is free).
St. John Hospital
Van Elslander Cancer Center
3000 Gratiot Ave.
Detroit MI 48207
Has a foundation to help patients with expenses associated with being ill and not working.
Children With Hair Loss
12776 South Dixie Highway
South Rockwood MI 48179
Phone: 734-379-7048 OR 734-379-4400
Provides children & adolescents up to age 21 with hair replacements, hair prosthesis, hats, a halo
of hair to be worn under the hat, cleaning products and styling for free. This is the ONLY organization that provides these services up to age 21 ABSOLUTELY FREE to the child/adolescent with no financial outlay from the parents and the parents do NOT have to hold fundraisers in order for their child to receive these services. There is no financial qualification, only that the child has a hair loss need.
Other organizations (such as "Wigs for Kids" and "Locks of Love") require financial records from
the parents and that the parents pay a portion or all of the cost for these services!
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation
Candlelighters of Michigan
Shelby Twp., MI 48316
Phone: none listed
Offers a great many services including emotional support & support groups, education, advocacy
and financial support such as food & gas cards, hospital parking passes, hospital meal tickets, emergency funds for rent/mortgage/utilities, grocery certificates, coupons and phone cards.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
3911 Beaubien Blvd.
Detroit MI 48201
1600 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor MI 48104
Families who have a child from birth to 18 (some chapters this extends to age 21) being treated
at Detroit Metro area hospitals can stay at these homes located near the hospitals for no more
than $25 a night or if low-income FREE, while the child is being treated. Length of stay is based
on room demand and determined on a local basis and can extend for several months up to a year
or more. Call the local chapters above to arrange for the stay.
Susan G. Komen for The Cure
American Breast Cancer Foundation
Breast Cancer Network of Strength
KS Inflammatory Breast Cancer Foundation
800 S. Barranca Ave. #220
Covina, CA 91723
My Hope Chest Foundation
P.O. Box 3081
Seminole, FL 33776
"Door to Door" Program / CancerCare
A program for patients with Multiple Myeloma will provide individual grants of up to $600 annually
to help cover transportation costs such as gasoline, parking and tolls, and taxi, bus or train fare
to and from their medical care. CancerCare is a national non-profit organization based in New York
City that provides free support services to people affected by cancer.
ONE SIMPLE WISH
1977 N. Olden Ave. #292
Trenton NJ 08618
One Simple Wish has been making small miracles happen for foster children and vulnerable families since December 2008. We offer everyone a glimpse into the life of a child in the foster care system or
a family in need. Our goal is to connect people, one to one, to create rewarding, meaningful relationships between the giver and recipient. Here on our website you can browse through hundreds of wishes posted on behalf of some of the most deserving, yet invisible children and families in the United States. Wish granting is simple and affordable, with most wishes ranging between $5 and $100. We allow everyone the chance to make a direct impact on the lives of those in need...anytime, from anywhere.