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.
Cathy Scott-Lynch, MSN
Ann Blair, B.S.
Courtney Cole, M.A.
David Wiener, PH. D
Cordell Henderson, B.S.
Cleveland Henderson, B.S.
Murdock Jemerson, B.S.
Laurin' Thomas, J.D.
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 Copying, Computer lab, Phone, Fax and food distribution.
We offer Student internships (Service Learning, MSW internship placement), tutoring and mentoring.
Committed to Serving the Community
Stuart Chavis, J.D.
Youth and Senior Programmer Coordinator & Invest Health Staff
Lead Teacher-Empowering Youth Today Program
El Ra Radney, Ph. D.
After school Specialist
Mon: 8am - 5:30pm
Tue: 8am - 5:30pm
Wed: 8am - 5:30pm
Thu: 8am - 5:30pm
Fri: 8am - 5:30pm
Monday-Friday: 8am - 4pm
Letter from the Board of SSCC
Greetings from the Interim Directors desk,
It is an exciting time at the Southside Community Coalition (SSCC), and we are looking forward to continuing serving the citizens of the southside of Lansing. Firstly, we should recognize the longtime tenure of former SSCC Director Darius “Pete” Cunningham. Without Pete’s stewardship, the center would not be the thriving neighborhood artery that we know today.
My name is Stuart Chavis, and I have shifted from a two year stint on the board of directors of SSCC to the Interim Director’s desk. I retired a couple years ago after a full career at the United States Courts, serving as a U.S. Probation, Parole, and Pretrial Services Officer, and previously in other state and local court services positions. I earned a Juris Doctorate Degree from Howard University, Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor’s of Political Science Degree from Tuskegee University. I am a native of Detroit, but transplanted to Lansing about 28 years ago. I am married and have two young adult children. I maintain an interest in a strong, safe and vibrant local community, and have participated in community service activities my entire life.
We at SSCC continue our dedicated service through our efforts with food distribution, student after school programs, tutoring, mentorship, and education in everything from healthy habits to overall life skills. Indeed, our programming also serves local senior citizens with bingo games, luncheons, and other social and educational activities. We are also looking forward to our new AmeriCorps/Vista staff member who is anticipated to join us in later December 2019. The AmeriCorps staff member will be dedicated to management of the agricultural hoop house, student education on agriculture, healthy eating and related education. Her duties will also supplement the activities of our overall youth programming. We are certain her dynamic personality skills from her previous work experiences and college activities will be an asset to the center.
The Board of Directors has tasked me with directing the staff as they execute the daily activities and programming at the center, and sheperding the various business matters that are integral to the center’s viability. We have a great mix of new and seasoned staff members who each bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and abilities to the Southside Community Coalition. We thank the entire community for its continuing support and hope to maintain the SSCC in a manner that makes all of Lansing proud.