WELCOME TO SOUTH SIDE COMMUNITY COALITION
COMMUNITY CENTER IN LANSING
South Side Community Coalition History
Opening its door for the first time on October 11, 2003, the South Side Community Center was started by a group of citizens seeking to meet the needs of their neighbors. As the only community center in South Lansing, we offer a unique set of services and are known for our caring one on one service.
Since opening in October 2003. South Side Community Coalition has served hundreds of Southside youth, families and seniors. We started a group of interested Southside residents who wanted to offer services and programs to Southsiders. In the beginning we set up a summer school program for high school students who needed help getting credits to graduate.
Then we decided that we wanted to have something for all residents thoughout the year. So, in October 2003 we opened our center.
Now we have programs and services that meet a variety of needs. They include: After School programs and tutoring; Senior Luncheons; Food commodity distribution; Nutrition and health care forums; Summer breakfast and lunch programs; Summer youth programs and a garden club.
Programs and Services
We provide educational programs, job training, health programs and recreational opportunities for youth, families, and seniors. We promote self-esteem and academic success, and foster the development of positive life skills through one-on-one mentoring, vocational advancement, education and recreation. At the center, Lansing residents can find information, enjoy fun, safe and interesting programs and have an opportunity to become involved in their neighborhoods.
4-H Garden Programs
Your Generosity Makes It All Possible
And we have been selected as the site for the new Beacon Two soccer field. This is currently under construction and should be ready before Christmas.
Here are some of our numbers for the past year:
· 150 teens participated in our teen Life Skills program.
· More than 13,500 pounds of food were distributed to low income families.
· We hosted a FREE Community Health Fair.
· An average of 30 children attended our daily after school/tutoring program.
· 50 children participated in our summer camp and 4-H program. And over 45 children participated in each of five special trips including ITEC week and a trip to Google headquarters in Ann Arbor.
· We registered over 35 people with Medicaid or the Ingham Health Plan.
· Our computer lab is open to the community. Those needing to complete homework assignments, conduct employment searches, and/or need to sign up for benefits under the Affordable Care Act have utilized this service.
· 45 seniors participated in our array of senior programs (Bingo, monthly luncheon, summer trip, and senior popcorn/movie night).
With all the excitement and activity, we are still operating under the same core grants that support our staff, overhead and core programs. But we are in need of supplementing our basic grants with donations and foundation grants in order to provide the rich array of services that we have developed over the years. And we need support to grow in the exciting new directions that these new opportunities provide.
If you have supported our center and programs before, we are most grateful to you. You can feel confident that your contribution has enriched the lives of the people who we serve.
If you have not supported us in the past, we hope that this letter is deserving of your interest and support.
We are a small and low cost neighborhood center, but we have a big impact on the lives of the people we serve. Your contribution will go a long way to helping us help them.
If you are part of a group and you wish us to make a presentation to you, we would be happy and grateful to do so. If you wish to visit us, please call our Director Pete Cunningham at 394-7400 or Yolanda Sherrer, our Program Coordinator, at 394-3138. We would be happy to set up a time to have you come and see what we are all about. Or feel free to contact any of our Board members for more information about our history and our current programs.
And if you are a family with a child, teen or senior citizen who might be interested in our programs, please give us a call. You are more than welcome to become part of the family of the Southside Community Coalition.
At South Side Community Coalition, there is truly is something for everyone. Whatever your interests are, we cater to all ages in order to promote an educated, cultured and enriching community in Lansing. Whether you are looking for enriching activities or want to take part in any of our social events — we provide an array of services that are sure to keep you busy all year long.
We offer the Ingham Health Plan (IHP) by appointment and MI Bridges (Medicaid)
We offer clothing closet and food distribution.
We offer Student internships (Service Learning, MSW internship placement), tutoring and mentoring.
Committed to Serving the Community
El-Ra Adain Raduey
Admin. Assistant (Empowering Youth Today)
Empowering Youth Today Instructor
Youth & Senior Coordinator/ Outreach Coordinator
Mon: 8am - 5:30pm
Tue: 8am - 5:30pm
Wed: 8am - 5:30pm
Thu: 8am - 5:30pm
Fri: 8am - 5:30pm
Monday-Friday: 8am - 4pm
Committed to Serving the Community
The South Side Community Coalition staff plays a big part in community life here in Lansing. Our team of professionals is eager and ready to help our center become a thriving place that you and your family can enjoy daily. The South Side Community Coalition family is made up of a diverse bunch of people who came together serve the community. Get in touch today and speak with any one of our staff members.
Cathy Scott-Lynch - Chair
Ann Blair- Vice Chair
David Wiener - Treasurer
Stuart Chavis - Secretary
We’d be pleased to meet you on your next visit to South Side Community Coalition. If there’s anything we can do for you, please give us a call.
Letter from the Board of SSCC
A Tribute for Pete Cunningham
Pete Cunningham, our director from the day we opened our doors back in 2004, is ending his employment with the Southside Community Coalition.
There are no words for us—the Board and staff and community—to express our love and appreciation for Pete. But we can’t let this special time in our lives and Pete’s life go without at least trying.
Pete became involved with the Coalition back in 2002 when we had a summer program for high school students who were at risk of dropping out of school. He worked with the staff at Hill High School—where the program was located—to make sure that the students had the encouragement and support necessary to stay in school.
After two years of the summer program, the Board decide to open a neighborhood center that would serve children, as well as teens, and families and seniors. Pete was selected as the director. We have been here ever since.
Pete has played an important role in the development of the programming at the center since 2004—that’s 15 years. He has been an advisor to the staff and a liaison between the staff and the Board as we have grown our Center and made the many decisions necessary to become a benefit to our community.
As Pete likes to say, “We’ve come a long way, baby.” We are now at the center of the growth and development of our neighborhood, including the new City park with a soccer field, a playground and--soon to be installed—a walking trail.
Pete has helped support the staff in our growth and been courageous in taking new steps into the future. He has been a kind and gentle representative of our Center to all those who come to us. He has been a model of graciousness and caring and has helped lead our center to its present status.
In recognition of his role in creating and building our center, we are dedicating our computer lab and learning center in his honor. It will forever be named the “Pete Cunningham Computer Lab and Learning Center.” This way all who enter our center will never forget our first and only director who helped make the Southside Community Coalition what it is today.
We wish Pete good health and happiness as he enters this new phase of his life and let it be known that he will always be welcome at the center.
The Board of the Southside Community Coalition
August 16, 2019
September – 2019
Senior Bingo-September 25, 2019 (12:30- 1:30pm)
Senior Luncheon- September 26, 2019 (12:30-1:00pm)
Food Distribution—September 9, 2019 (1:00pm)
September 23, 2019- (Noon)
October – 2019
Senior Bingo-October 9, 2019 (12:30pm-1:30pm)
October 23, 2019 (12:30pm-1:30pm)
Senior Luncheon-October 24, 2019 (12:30pm-2:00pm)
Food Distribution—October 7, 2019 (1:00pm)
October 21, 2019- (Noon)
Youth Halloween Party – October 31, 2019 (4:00-6:00pm)
Senior Bingo-November 13, 2019 (12:30-1:30pm)
November 20, 2019 (12:30-1:30pm)
Senior Luncheon- November 21, 2019 (12:30-2:00pm)
Food Distribution—November 4, 2019 (Noon)
November 18, 2019- (Noon)