Addressing the food insecurity, hygiene, and the educational needs of children experiencing poverty & homelessness in targeted communities across Michigan.

MI Bridges Access

Michigan Benefits Access (MBA) is an unprecedented public/private partnership that aims to connect a greater number of families in Michigan to a range of benefits to help promote household economic stability. This is achieved by way of MI Bridges, the on-line system. One of the benefits of MI Bridges is that individuals can apply and check their benefits on-line at any time at their convenience.

The Urban Benedictine Community is partnered with the Michigan Department of Human Services (MDHHS) to serve as a MI Bridges Navigation Partner for the MI Bridges system managed by DHS.

Most Urban Benedictine programs are located in multiple location in the south end of Warren, by appointment, to assist individuals who would rather come into our office to apply or check benefits instead of visiting the DHS office.

As a MI Bridges Navigation Partner, the Urban Benedictines provide one-on-one assistance to individuals completing applications in MI Bridges for one or more of the following Programs:

  • Child Development Care (CDC)
  • Family Independence Program (FIP)
  • Food Assistance Program (FAP)
  • Medical Assistance (MA)
  • State Emergency Relief (SER)
  • Utility (Gas, Electric, Water) Shut-Offs

Please call (586) 533-5033 and leave a message to make an appointment for assistance with MI Bridges.

Family Literacy Building

The Urban Benedictines are excited to offer exclusive access to Open eBooks, a brand new iOS and Android app that will give kids (ages 0-18) and their families in south Warren access to thousands of popular and award-winning children's eBooks for free.

The free app allows kids of all ages and their caregivers to instantly download up to 10 eBooks at a time to their mobile digital devices. Each eBook will be available for 56 days before it must be renewed. Students and their families can choose eBooks based on the topics that get them excited about reading and learning, and search for eBooks by title or author.

To receive a free registration code and PIN number, please text @ebookpgm to 81010 on your smartphone, or click here to make your request. (If you experiences issues with texting to 81010, please try texting @ebookpgm to (586) 697-4120.)

Meals Over School Breaks

Our meals over breaks initiative is an effort to fight childhood hunger in our community by filling the weekend food gap for children in need.  The program is meant to help reduce the negative impacts of hunger so children are ready to learn in school and succeed in life.

We will be providing bag meals for the winter and spring breaks in the Van Dyke Public Schools.

Operation: Kid Equip School Supply Program for Metro Detroit Educators

This is UBC's secular program* that provides public schools and educators with supplemental supplies to give to students who need them in the classroom, or to complete homework assignments.

Participation in the school supply collective is limited to public and charter school teachers in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties.

Eligibility is also determined by building poverty level and size. Educators must work in a building with 70% or more of the students eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program, and have more than 100 total students enrolled in the building.

Click here to register as an educator

Operation: Kid Equip Homeless Student Services

Our homeless student services program provides hygiene, school supplies and books for students who are homeless or unaccompanied across Michigan.

In many cases, we provide emergency supply kits for those students who are newly experiencing homelessness.

We work with more than 30 community distribution partners across Michigan and are not accepting applications for additional redistribution partners.

*certain UBC programs are considered secular because of the environments where the work is conducted. In those situation, we strive to avoid confusion that participants must pray, pay or play in order to receive products or services. All programs and services maintained by our Operation: Kid Equip program are considered secular.

Click here to schedule an appointment to discuss your needs, eligibility and registration for our programs. 

In accordance with federal law, U.S.Department of Agriculture policy and our contracts with various pantry providers, the Urban Benedictine Community is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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