Sistrum's core values are built from an understanding that building and sustaining our communities are what help all grow and thrive. After all, it is with a chorus of many voices that we make our music. In the same spirit, Sistrum is proud to support these community partners in our work to build community, promote social justice, and empower women.
EVE's Mission is to support domestic and sexual abuse survivors on their journey of healing and empower our community through education and awareness. In 2020, EVE provided nearly 8,000 nights of safe shelter to survivors fleeing abusive relationships. EVE also offers support through a 24/7 crisis support line, safety planning, counseling, medical and legal advocacy, and community education.
Ele's Place is a healing center for grieving children, teens, young adults, and their families in the greater Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Flint, and Lansing areas. Peer-to-peer bereavement support groups help hundreds learn to cope and begin to heal after the death of a parent, sibling, or someone close to them, and provide a warm and welcoming place to meet new friends.
Habitat for Humanity understands affordable housing plays a critical role in a strong and stable community. The organization helps build strength, stability, and self-reliance through the shelter as they partner with families to build safe and affordable homes, conduct assessments and repairs to support the aging in place of older individuals, and engage residents and community leaders on neighborhood revitalization efforts.
The Greater Lansing Food Bank feeds people, making certain that everyone in our community has access to nutritious food. In 2020, GLFB was able to provide over 8 million meals to community members in 7 Mid-Michigan counties. Their work is possible through contributions from retailers, the USDA, food producers, and food and monetary donations from the community.
The Women's Center of Greater Lansing helps women achieve financial stability and independence through personalized services, including resume and cover letter creation, interview preparation, budgeting sessions, application assistance, and counseling. This work supports the lives and livelihoods of our community members, particularly those who are targeted by discrimination and systemic disadvantages. WCGL wants women who enter their center to develop intellectual, social, economic, and emotional strength and believes women, girls, and people of color are equal, powerful, and unstoppable.
For the past 40 years, ALS of Michigan has worked diligently to fulfill its mission of helping people with ALS, their families, and caregivers live life as fully as possible. More commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neuromuscular disease that causes degeneration of the motor neurons, cells in the brain, and spinal cord that control one's muscles. Currently, there is no known cause or cure. Walk 'n Roll is ALS of Michigan's largest fundraising event, held annually, in locations across the state.
The mission of Susan G. Komen(r) is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Since 1982, this organization has invested over $1 billion in breast cancer research, provided financial assistance and support to more than 220,000 individuals, and mobilzed over 100,000 individuals to advocate for patients' rights.
Gateway Youth Services helps youth ages 12 through 20 who lack safe, stable, and age-appropriately supervised housing. This includes youth who have expressed thoughts or have a history of running away, are experiencing family conflict or abuse, have been "kicked out," have parents experiencing homelessness and more. In addition to emergency shelter services, Gateway provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, street outreach programs, prevention services, and programs directed specifically toward LGBTQ youth.
The Firecracker Foundation has a trusted history of providing healing services to children living in Ingham, Clinton, and Eaton counties of mid-Michigan and between the ages of 3-17 who are survivors of sexual violence. The foundation community includes dedicated staff, licensed therapists, yoga instructors, well-trained advocates, and volunteers. Programs include mental health therapy, trauma-sensitive yoga, advocacy, and Sisters in Strength, a healing-centered social justice education program for self-identified Black Girls, 15-18 years old.
The mission of Helping Women Period is to provid no cost menstrual products to those experiencing homeless or low-income disparity. HWP prioritizes the needs of people experiencing relationship violence or who have been denied access to resources due to systemic racism and institutional biases. As of mid-2021, Helping Women Period has distributed nearly 72,000 tampons and 163,000 pads around the greater Lansing area.
The Mikey 23 Foundation was founded in memory of Michael McKissic II, a 23 year old victim of gun violence. He worked for the family construction business, McKissic Construction, and like his father and grandfather before him, Mikey had a passion for the work. The mission of the Mikey 23 Foundation is to improve the lives of young people through innovative education and training in the area of skilled trades.
Founded in 2017, Salus Center serves Lansing’s LGBTQIA+ communities as a gathering space and information hub. Salus Center advocates for the rights of community members by honoring and affirming the interconnectedness of oppression, and empowers community members to build on the legacy of LGBTQIA+ activism and manifest a life that is authentic, safe, and full.