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The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is proud to serve the people of Michigan, especially those who have been affected by kidney disease. While we're living in these extraordinary times, we know that caring for the whole person is especially important. Click the green tabs to find information on both Basic Needs resources and Health & Wellness resources offered throughout the state. 

Tips for Navigating Resources:

  • Connect with a trusted source for information and guidance.
  • Use the internet to research resources and explore options.
  • Determine if a federal, state, or county resource that addresses your need is available..
  • Understand that certain intake and application processes may be required to receive assistance.
  • Contact the company or vendor directly to determine if payment plans or internal supports are offered.
  • Resources and services may require that you meet specific criteria in order to receive their assistance.
  • Resources may be limited at this time so be open to flexible problem solving and developing alternate plans.
  • Please be patient as agencies try to meet your needs during this unprecedented time.

For additional services offered to people affected by kidney disease, visit the Patient Services page or email [email protected].

For help navigating some of the basic needs resources offered throughout the state, dial 211 or text your zip code to 898211.

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, along with several partner organizations, offer a number of health & wellness related resources. For questions on the NKFM resources below, email [email protected].  We also offer online and phone support for people living with kidney disease or a chronic illness.


Physical Activity

Find links to at-home workouts, online instruction, and in-person classes offered by the NKFM once they've been re-started.

Nutrition

Making healthy food choices can be easy when you have the right tools. Find tip sheets, recipes, and more.

Diabetes

One in ten people in Michigan have diabetes and it is the leading cause of kidney disease. The NKFM offers many diabetes prevention and management programs.

Kidney Disease

More than one million people in Michigan have chronic kidney disease and many don't know it. Find causes, symptoms, and resources.

Patient Services

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan offers a wide variety of programs and services that help people with kidney disease learn about their disease, support family members, and receive services when necessary. Our core programs and services include Peer Mentoring, Kidney PATH, Kids Camp, an 800 number for resources and support, an emergency fund, medical ID tags, a CKD intern program, and the Swartz/Ferriter Scholarship.

Partner organizations throughout Michigan offer assistance to Michigan residents with basic needs.


General Resources

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)
Find a location: https://www.michigan.gov/ . Click on Help and Contacts.

Complete an application for State Emergency Relief (SER)
https://newmibridges.michigan.gov/s/isd-landing-page?language=en_US

Michigan Helping Hand https://www.michigan.gov/helpinghand
This site helps Michigan residents facing economic hardship find the services they need. Click on one of the five tabs below for links to information about jobs and training, unemployment benefits, health care, family support and housing. 

Michigan United Way 211 https://www.mi211.org/ or dial 211
This a general information line and a good way to find assistance from nonprofit and government organizations.

Salvation Army https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/
The Salvation Army represents most communities across Michigan and offer a variety of programs and services including food, rent and utilities assistance. Click on the link about and enter your zip code to locate the site that serves you.

St. Vincent de Paul https://svdpusa.org/
Provides emergency assistance including food, clothing, utilities and rent assistance.

Pantry Food Locator  http://pantrynet.org/ and https://www.foodpantries.org/

Homeless Shelter Directory (FOOD and SHELTER Listings) https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/
 

Food

Are you pregnant or have children up to 5 years old?
Contact your WIC (Women, Infants and Children) office at:
https://www.wicoffice.net/search-nearest-wic-office or call the national office at 1-800-342-3556 or the Michigan office at 1-800-942-1636.

Adults and Children – TEFAP (Emergency Food Assistance Program)
1-800-481-4989 or https://www.fns.usda.gov/
 

Seniors

Meals on Wheels Program – use the internet to search a program near you or contact your local Area Agency on Aging.

Area Agency on Aging: The AAA's advocates on behalf of older and disabled persons, identifies needs of the elderly and disabled, and creates plans for meeting those needs through a system of in-home and community services to enable people to maintain their independence and dignity, and administers federal, state, local, and private funds to support those services. Visit: https://4ami.org
 

Housing

Contact your County’s local COC/HARA:
COC – Continuum of Care is a coalition of area agencies working together with homeless residents of the county to help them access needed services.

HARA – A Housing Assessment and Resources Agency (HARA) provides centralized intake and housing assessment.

View the contact list at https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mshda/MSHDA_HARAs_Contact_List_678040...
 

Veterans

Contact your Veterans Service Office https://www.michiganveterans.com/ or 1.800.642.4837 to determine if you are eligible for a variety of resources and services.
 

Legal

Legal Aid and Defender Association – Free legal advice and representation (except for traffic violations or misdemeanors) for eligible clients (low or moderate income, U.S. citizen or legal resident). Available toll-free number 1.877.964.4700 or website http://ladadetroit.org/

Michigan Crime Victims Services – Provides reimbursement expenses to innocent crime victims who suffer personal injury. Can provide innocent victims and families with up to $25,000 in financial assistance for expenses accrued as a result of a violent crime. https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71548_54783_54853---,00.html

Michigan Legal Services – Free legal services for low-income, homeless, undocumented persons and prisoners. http://www.milegalservices.org/

Michigan Legal Help – Provides help to people who have to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. The website provides articles to learn about specific areas of the law and toolkits to help anyone represent themselves in court. https://michiganlegalhelp.org/

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Services, Inc. (MPAS) – Provides advocacy and protection of the legal rights of people with disabilities in Michigan concerning education, employment, housing, transportation, etc. https://www.mpas.org/
 

Utilities

Michigan Public Service Commission https://www.michigan.gov/mpsc/0,9535,7-395-93308---,00.html
The mission of the Michigan Public Service Commission is to protect the public by ensuring safe, reliable, and accessible energy and telecommunications services at reasonable rates for Michigan's residents. Consumers can get support and resources concerning their utilities.

Are you having trouble paying your utility bill?
Contact your utility to discuss payment and resource options. The links below list the electric and natural gas companies providing service in Michigan.

Electric utilities
https://www.michigan.gov/mpsc/0,9535,7-395-93308_93325_93423_93500_94218...

Natural gas utilities
https://www.michigan.gov/mpsc/0,9535,7-395-93308_93325_93422_93762_94260...

Michigan Community Action Agencies
Each county is represented by a Community Action Agency that typically provides utility and weatherization services. May offer a number of other programs and resources. To find your local CAA, click on https://mcac.memberclicks.net/