Engage with Wayne Metro
The second step forward on the Wayne Metro Empowerment Pathway, ENGAGE, represents our commitment to meeting our clients where they are. Through supportive programing aimed at addressing barriers to gainful employment and reliable transportation staff work in partnership with clients. By decreasing some of the high cost burden for low income households through home Weatherizations services and infant care supplies we are providing wraparound services and maximizing impact to strengthen Wayne County’s most at risk populations.
Community Baby Shower | Food Access | Health Care Access | Healthy Baby Resources | Home Energy Supports | Homeless Prevention | Nutrition Education | Rehousing | Transportation & Passenger Safety | Online Learning
Community Baby Shower
Each year Wayne Metro hosts two Community Baby Showers. One in the Spring and one in the Fall. Check back later for shower dates as well as registration information.
Note: Currently Registration is closed.
- Be low-income
- Reside in Wayne County
- Currently be pregnant or have a child under 3 months of age as the date of the baby shower
The Community Baby Shower provides several educational presentations. Topics discussed have included:
- Parenting Styles and Roles
- Healthy Relationships
- Family Literacy
- Safety in the Home
- Safe Sleep for Babies
- Infant Brain Development
Gifts and Prizes
The Community Baby Shower is an opportunity for expectant parents to receive much needed items and resources to help welcome their new baby. Wayne Metro works with many generous community partners and donors to collect new baby items that expectant parents attending the Shower are eligible to receive gifts during the event.
Q. Do I have to be married to attend?
A. No. Both single and married mothers and fathers are welcome to attend.
Q. If the father is unable to attend, can I bring a grandparent-to-be, aunt, uncle, etc?
A. No. The shower is specially designed for mothers and fathers. Pregnant mothers 18 years and under will be allowed to bring either the father of the baby OR 1 grandparent-to-be (not both). The mother’s identification will be required.
Q. My baby is older than 3 months, can I still attend?
A. No. The Community Baby Shower is designed for parents that are expecting or whose children are 3 months old or younger.
Q. Is there a fee for participating?
A. No. There is no charge to attend this event. All workshops, prizes, informational materials, and presentations are free.
Q. If I sign up and can’t make it, will you set aside information and prizes for me?
A. You must be present to receive any prizes and information.
Q. Is childcare available during the event?
A. No. Childcare is not available during the event and children will not be admitted into the event. Mothers may bring newborns (under 3 months) in a stroller or carrier.
Expectant and new mothers and fathers that are interested in attending the event should call Wayne Metro’s Call Center at (734) 284-6999 or (313) 388-9799. Spaces for this event are limited, so interested parents are encouraged to call early.
For a copy of the baby shower flyer, click here.
The Community Baby Shower provides an opportunity for vendors who provide resources to families with babies and young children to host a table at the event for a small fee. Check back at a later date for up to date information on vendor tables.
Wayne Metro supports these programs that provide children with nutritious meals. These programs are offered at various locations throughout Wayne County.
Summer Food Service Program
Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency is a Sponsor in the State of Michigan’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). This federally funded program is available to schools, churches, day-care centers, and community centers. The program provides free healthy meals to children during the summer months. The SFSP defines children as 18 years of age or under, and persons over 18 (up to age 26) who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled.
We are always looking for new sites and sponsors for this program. If you have or know of a site that could sponsor and support the Summer Food Service Program, please contact the Wayne Metro Call center at the number below.
Child and Adult Food Care Program
Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency is a Sponsor in the State of Michigan’s federally funded Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP). The program is available to schools, churches, day-care centers, and community centers within Wayne County. This program provides free healthy meals to children. The CACFP defines children as 18 years of age or younger, and persons over 18 (up to age 26) who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled. This program also provides free meals to children in our After School Programming. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Michigan Benefits Access
Michigan Benefits Access encompasses the MI Bridges program. MI Bridges is a computer web portal that allows you to access Department of Human Services (DHS) programs and to apply for several other state assistance programs including the State Emergency Relief (SER) program, the Food Assistance Program (FAP), as well as special childcare programs, and healthcare coverage options. The online portal also allows you to check on the status of your benefits, view any upcoming appointments you have scheduled, and view all program messages. Wayne Metro is a partner with Michigan Benefits Access. We can provide you with guidance in registering with MI Bridges.
For more information, please contact the Wayne Metro Call Center at 313-388-9799.
Health Care Access
The Wayne Metro Connect Call Center is happy to provide healthcare-related referrals to clients in need. For more information, call the Call Center at 313-388-9799 or 734-284-6999.
Healthy Baby Resources
Wayne Metro’s Healthy Baby Resources provide Wayne County’s new and expectant with resources, education, supplies, and services to support happy, healthy families and children.
We offer safety seats for infants, toddlers, and individuals with special needs free of charge and by appointment only. And all seats must be installed by a certified installation specialist.
In addition, through grants and donations Wayne Metro maintains a Community Diaper Bank offering free diapers and diaper changing supplies to families enrolled on our programs.
Wayne Metro also hosts two annual Community Baby Showers that help 300 expecting prepare to welcome a new member into their family. From safe sleep and smart baby workshops, participants are given information and tips on how to be caring, informed, attentive parents. Health and safety focused gifts such as car safety seats, safe sleep approved pack and plays, and diapers are distributed. Tables are made available to area healthcare, social service, and education organizations throughout the event.
Home Energy Supports
Wayne Metro’s Weatherization Assistance Program is a free program that is funded through the Department of Energy. This program provides energy assistance to income-eligible homeowners and renters in Wayne County.
The Weatherization Assistance Program can reduce your household energy consumption through cost-effective, energy-efficiency measures including:
- Installing in-wall and attic insulation
- Installing a proper attic ventilation system
- Applying foundation insulation
- Eliminating open air gaps throughout the home including applying weather-stripping around doors and window frames
- Replacing ineffective clothes dryer vent ducts
- Examining heating and cooling systems to determine if any changes or up-grades would be beneficial
- When you request assistance through this program you will receive a home energy audit which will measure your home’s energy use and help to identify the most cost-effective ways to reduce your energy costs.
Weatherization is not a considered to be an actual home repair or a source of emergency assistance, and you may be eligible to participate in other assistance programs as well.
Wayne Metro is the Weatherization Assistance provider for the city of Detroit and many Out-Wayne County communities.
Please be aware. Under this program, service priority is being given to city of Detroit residents who have previously applied to the Detroit Department of Human Services Weatherization Program prior to April 1, 2012. Wayne Metro is currently in the process of reviewing these applications and contacting clients. If you are a resident of Detroit, you should contact the Wayne Metro Call Center at (313) 388-9799 for more information or to determine if you qualify for the Weatherization Assistance Program.
Residents of Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Highland Park, Dearborn, the Grosse Pointes, Plymouth, Plymouth Twp., Northville, Northville Twp., Livonia, Westland, Garden City, Inkster, Wayne, Romulus, Belleville, Taylor, Dearborn Heights, Canton, Redford, Van Buren, Sumpter Twp., or Huron Twp., please contact the Wayne Metro Call Center for more information or to determine if you qualify for the Weatherization Assistance Program.
Out-Wayne County Homeless Services Coalition
Serving the Out-Wayne County communities (outside of the city of Detroit), the Out-Wayne County Homeless Services Coalition is a partnership between multiple service agencies, organizations, and governmental departments that works to identify and eliminate the social and economic conditions and situations that lead to homelessness, as well as any gaps that may exist in homeless services. Wayne Metro is the lead organization in the Coalition. After forming the Coalition, member agencies also established a Continuum of Care (COC) service delivery system to address the specific needs of the Out-Wayne County homeless populations while fostering more effective communication and addressing any deficiencies in services and programs provided by the member organizations.
The mission of the Out-Wayne County Homeless Services Coalition is to ultimately eliminate homelessness in the Out-Wayne County area. To help accomplish this goal, the Coalition developed its 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. The Plan identifies economic and social issues at the local and state level that contribute to homelessness and substandard housing, while providing guidance to the Coalition to assure effectiveness and efficiency in assisting the homeless. The Coalition strives to increase the capacity of all participating organizations to help homeless, imminently homeless, and marginally-housed persons locate, secure, and sustain permanent housing.
Click here to visit the Out-Wayne County Homeless Services Coalition Website.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families
Supportive Services for Veteran Families is a collaborative program between Wayne Metro, the Monroe County Opportunity Program (MCOP), and the Michigan Ability Partners (MAP). This program provides valuable case management and housing stability services to United States veterans and their families that are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless.
If you are a veteran and participate in this program, you will be provided with referrals to additional services and resources provided by Wayne Metro and other agencies that you and your family can access to secure stable housing and to address any other concerns or needs. You and your family will receive practical help and guidance to become self-sufficient and wholly independent.
To learn more about the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, please select the appropriate email address or phone number:
- If you are a resident of Monroe County, please visit www.monroecountyop.org or call 734-241-2775.
- If you are a resident of the City of Detroit, please visit www.swsol.org/counseling or contact Southwest Counseling Solutions at 313- 963-6601.
- If you are a resident of Out-Wayne County (outside the cities of Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck), please contact the Wayne Metro Call Center at 734-284-6999.
Homeless Youth Education Project
Through Wayne Metro’s Homeless Youth Education Project, homeless children and youth of Wayne County receive support, resources, and high-quality educational experiences that are designed to equal or surpass regular school programs. If you enroll your child in the program, you can be sure that they will not fall behind in their education and development due to homelessness. Also, you too can take advantage of some great programs and services that can truly help you and your family advance and reclaim independence and self-sufficiency.
For education professionals, the Homeless Youth Education Project provides specialized training and technical assistance. If you are a teacher, school administrator, or homeless liaison, the Project offers services on topics such as:
- Identifying homeless and marginally-housed children
- Developing budget guidelines and appropriate usage of funds
- Coordinating client transportation
- Providing links to other resources to fight homelessness, and additional social service agencies
For more information about any of Wayne Metro’s Homeless Prevention programs, please call the Wayne Metro Connect Call Center at 313-988-9799.
Nutrition Education programming helps individuals and families make healthier food choices and choose physically active lifestyles by acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior changes necessary to improve their health. Wayne Metro partners with community partners and health organizations such as National Kidney Foundation, Michigan State University Extension, The Walmart Foundation, Share Our Strength, The Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan, Henry Ford Health Systems, and Blue Cross Blue Shield to help ensure that clients in a wide range of our program offerings have access to nutrition education best suited to their needs.
Read about our Homeless Prevention.
Transportation and Passenger Safety
Wayne Metro partners with Vehicles for Change Detroit to help low-income people in need throughout the City of Detroit purchase a reliable vehicle for their family. A nonprofit organization, VFC receives 99 percent of its car donations from the public and much of its funding from partner organizations like Wayne Metro.
VFC repairs cars that meet our quality standards and awards them for as little as $750 to eligible families who are referred by social service agencies. Vehicles for Change guarantees low-interest car loans, under $1,000, helping recipients build credit while achieving pride of ownership. Additionally, the vehicles are repaired as needed before being sold and carry a six-month/6,000-mile warranty. The Detroit program is the first national expansion of Vehicles for Change and started last year.
Since its inception, over 15 vehicles have been distributed to people in need. For more information on Vehicles for Change Detroit, click here.
Wayne Metro’s Wayne Metro Genius Online Learning System features a variety of courses that support all of our Empowerment Pathway Programming. For a course list or to sign into your account, click here.