Connecting families to community resources and supporting parent-teacher collaboration.
a Parent Liaison Can Help
Have a question about the school or your child’s academics?
Wondering about activities or resources that are available?
Need help finding childcare?
Need to connect with Department for Health and Human Services for a Bridge card, insurance, or other supports?
We help ensure stability and support for students and families without a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
Need help connecting with a counselor, psychologist, or other mental health professional?
Beth is starting her second year as a Parent Liaison for Jenison Public Schools. Prior to this, Beth spent 10 years as a speech pathologist in Grand Rapids and 12 years as an SLP with Jenison’s ASD program. Beth graduated from Western Michigan University with a major in Speech Pathology and minors in Spanish and Elementary Education. She received her M.A. in Speech Pathology from Eastern Michigan University. In her spare time, Beth loves spending time with her family, boating, and reading. Beth provides support to Bauerwood, Bursley, Rosewood, JIA, and the High School.
Mary is starting her fourth year as a Parent Liaison for Jenison Public Schools. Prior to being a Parent Liaison, Mary spent 25 years teaching third grade. Mary graduated from Hope College with a degree in elementary and special education. Her Master’s Degree is from Cleveland State University where she focused on Early Childhood Special Education. Mary loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, and playing pickleball.
Mary provides support to El Puente, Pinewood, Sandy Hill, the Junior High and the ECC. .
Opportunities for Families
- Check out the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Under the Arctic. The exhibit features interactive components including a 30-foot-long Alaskan permafrost tunnel replica, fossil research stations and interactive games. Click here for more information.
- MDHHS urges families to seek assistance if they need help with paying utilities this winter. Please see this link for additional information.
- Arbor Circle is offering a variety of classes starting in January including Strong Connections for teens and Prevention Programs for parents and families. All groups meet via Zoom.
- West MI Works has a variety of workshops available to help individuals on the path to employment. Their January calendar can be found here.
- January Mobile Food Pantry Schedule
- Protect Young Eyes is an excellent resource to help families, schools, and churches create safer digital environments. Their upcoming FREE webinar schedule is linked here
- GVSU K-12 Connect – Supporting Future Success: Whether a student is seeking additional homework assistance or is in need of college preparation guidance, K-12 Connect bridges the gap between university support and student need to ensure everyone can succeed throughout school and beyond. Founded on the basis of providing additional resources to students and families during the recent, unprecedented transition to online learning, K-12 Connect has quickly expanded its free programs to further provide educational and mentoring services on a year-round basis. See below for more information on the current programs K-12 Connect offers. https://www.gvsu.edu/k12connect/
- Community Action House offers Financial Wellness WORKSHOPS that provide courses, services, and counseling at no cost to community members for home buying education, financial capability, and foreclosure intervention.
- Looking for outdoor fun for your family? There is a new interactive nonmotorized trail map which features 4,600 miles of trails.
- The Georgetown Library has resources and programs for children of all ages.
- Resilience offers resources for helping to end domestic violence. Many services are being offered virtually. Check out the website to get connected or call the 24 Hour Help Line at 1-800-848-5991 for free and confidential support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
- The Fresh Guide to EBT answers all of your questions related to food stamps in Michigan. And best of all, the Fresh EBT app for Iphone and Android helps you keep track of all of your EBT information right on your phone!
- Snow pants, sizes 5-14 preferably black
- Auto Repairs
- Hair cuts
- $10-$20 gas cards
Do you have have items or services to add to the list?