Families in Transition

Resources for local districts working with homeless students and unaccompanied youth.

    Definition of Homeless according to McKinney-Vento Legislation:

    The law says that a child or youth without a fixed, regular and adequate residence is homeless. It does not matter how long the child or youth has been without a home. It also does not matter if the child or youth is living with a parent or is separated from parents. Under the Act, students are homeless if they are:

    • Living with a friend, relative or someone else because they lost their home or can't afford a home
    • Staying in a hotel or motel
    • Living in an emergency or transitional shelter or a domestic violence shelter
    • Staying in substandard housing
    • Living in a car, park, public place, abandoned building or bus or train station
    • Awaiting foster care placement
    • Living in a campground or an inadequate trailer home
    • Abandoned in a hospital; or living in a runaway or homeless youth shelter

    The following are designated liaisons from the districts covered by our McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant: 

    District ContactsTitleDistrictPhone
    Lisa BuckinghamSchool CounselorBig Rapids 231-796-7651
    Sarah HarlessPrincipal (K-12)Bear Lake231-864-3133
    Ann BushMiddle School CounselorCadillac231-876-5711
    Henry VanGemertDean of StudentsCasman Academy231-723-4981
    Dawn HawleyAdministratorChippewa Hills 989-967-8150
    Debbie BennettExecutive SecretaryCrossroads Charter Academy231-796-9041
    Sue LenahanCounselorEvart 231-734-5595
    Tina FairbanksTitle I TeacherKaleva Norman Dickson231-447-5355 x219
    Holly HelselSchool Success WorkerLake City231-839-7162
    Matt KiefferPrincipal Manistee 231-723-3271
    Kay SalyerDirector of General EducationManistee ISD231-398-2982
    Beth WallinHS CounselorManton231-824-6411 x2
    Lisa HolmesHS CounselorMarion231-743-2836
    Becky HoweSchool Success WorkerMcBain231-825-8041
    Megan HobletHS Guidance CounselorMesick231-885-1201
    Karen RoyDirector of General EducationMOISD231-592-9618
    Tom RojeskiCommunity Homeless LiaisonMOISD231-592-9219
    Karen WingSchool Social WorkerMorley-Stanwood 231-856-4550
    Gina Hagen
    School CounselorOnekema 231-889-5521
    Barbara Sicoli
    HS/MS Guidance CounselorPine River231-768-4481
    Kris GriffinDean of Students, Athletic DirectorReed City231-832-2224
    Shelly MarcussePrevention Consult/Truancy OfficerWMISD231-876-2306