Higher Ground

The Higher Ground program provides assistance to youth ages 12 to 17 and their families. These services include crisis intervention, non-residential/prevention counseling, case management, and if necessary, temporary housing shelter for youth currently residing in Ingham, Eaton, or Clinton counties.

Professional staff are on site and available to provide crisis counseling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may speak with a crisis counselor by calling 877-833-3689 or 517-882-7217.

Our process typically proceeds as follows:

  1. A call is made to the crisis line at 877-833-3689.
  2. An initial assessment of need is conducted.
  3. If shelter is required and admission criteria are met, staff will help make the necessary arrangements. Youth ages 12 to 17 can receive emergency shelter for a maximum of 21 days in the Higher Ground Program. If eligible, youth ages 16 to 21 can receive up to 18 months of shelter in the Crossroads program.
  4. The youth and family work with a counselor to determine goals.

Services can continue on a non-residential basis beyond the 21-day shelter limit.

During your stay you will have access to:

  • Individual counseling for such concerns as nutrition, personal safety and medication
  • Life skills development including communication and employment
  • LGBTQ support
  • Personal budgeting and planning
  • Referrals based on need

PARENTAL PERMISSION is required to enter shelter.

TRAINED PROFESSIONALS staff The Kevin J Moody Youth Home 24-hours per day. They are knowledgeable and supportive of the issues young people experience. We provide 3 meals each day, linens, hygiene supplies, and all other basic care needs. In return we ask that you work closely with staff to create and collaboratively achieve a successful transition plan.

2017 Beneficiaries



families and youth were served



of youth found safe and stable housing



of youth improved or maintained their school status



of youth improved family relationships



of youth learned where to access health care



of youth who received home-based prevention services were able to remain safely with their family upon program exit