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My Town: GVSU and DHS awarded research grant for family support program
My Town: GVSU and DHS awarded research grant for family support program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Michigan Department of Human Services is teaming up with Grand Valley State University to measure the success of a family support program in more than 150 Michigan schools.

A three-year, $1.05 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will go toward measuring the impact of the Pathways to Potential program in Michigan.  The program places DHS case workers in schools to make it easier for children and their families to address barriers to their safety, health, education, attendance and self-sufficiency.

“We know that many children struggle in school because of outside of school challenges affecting both students and their families,” Gov. Snyder said. “The goal of Pathways to Potential is to reduce or eliminate those challenges by conveniently connecting families to the services they need to help everyone become more successful.”

Pathways to Potential is now operating in 169 Michigan schools in 13 counties, including Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Newaygo.

DHS is partnering with the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Community Research Institute for the study, which will include surveying parents, teachers and students. The Johnson Center previously evaluated the Kent School Services Network which served as a model for Pathways to Potential.