Community Resources

Suicide Prevention

Youth in Crisis provides supportive intervention for Montcalm County adolescents ages 10 to 17. Services include individual, group, and family counseling at the Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health, school or at home; crisis intervention, referrals, and emergency shelter placement. 1-800-377-0974 or 989-831-7520.

Dial 2-1-1 for assistance in finding community resources through Western Michigan United Way. Information is available on obtaining food, shelter, utilities, transportation, health care, rent/mortgage assistance, substance abuse services, and many more.

Reflections is a program at the Mecosta County Youth Attention Center. Reflections provides intensive out-reach counseling, temporary shelter, after-care services to help reunite youth and family. 1-231-592-0129 or Toll Free RAPLINE 1-800-292-4517

Isabella County youth can find help through Listening Ear Crisis Center. 989-772-2918 or at Their Runaway Youth Services program provides support, emergency shelter, and free counseling for youth ages 10-17 and their families. The only requirement is that you must be willing to participate and be open to change.

Family & Children’s Service of Midland (989-631-5390) offers many parenting classes and support groups for adults, children, and teens- including Divorce adjustment groups, STEP, Parenting Challenging Children, and Parenting Grandchildren.

Hospice offers support to those dealing with impending death or grieving a past loss. An Adult Grief Support Group meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 401 S. Main St. in Mt. Pleasant from 6:30-8:00. All are welcome. Groups for children & teens are offered periodically. or 989-773-6137 (Hospice chapters are also located in Alma & Big Rapids.)

Preparing for college

College Applications

5 Summer To-Do's for College Bound Students:

1. Continue your College/Career Search: Remember that the goal is to find the college/trade school that FITS YOU BEST(academically, socially, geographically, financially, etc..). Here are some places to search:

Visit a college campus! This is truly the best way to see if a college is right for you

Use or to find a career that might suit you. Make sure you learn what kind of training is needed to pursue that career.

College websites. Each college has one! Do not hesitate to call a college if you are having trouble finding the answer to your question on their site.

Visit A great website for general college information and it has a really cool college search tool.

2. Start Scholarship Searching: you may not be eligible for many at this moment, but keep a folder with information on scholarships(and where to find them) that you can apply for in the fall and winter. The more you apply for, the more you can earn and every little bit helps. Here are some places to start:

Create profiles on,,, and Remember that you should NEVER pay anything to find or apply for a scholarship.

Check out the scholarships offered by the colleges you are interested in. you can find this information on their website under the financial aid section. Often, schools offer automatic scholarships for students who have earned a particular GPA and/or ACT/SAT score.

Keep in mind that Montabella's website has its own scholarship section. When school starts in the fall, any scholarship opportunities that cross my desk will be updated here. Check back often.

3. Get a Job, Job Shadow, Attend a Camp, or Volunteer: Anything to boost your resume and give you some experience in an area that you are interested in is a good idea. It will also give you some ammo for your essays. To schedule a job shadow, call a business/organization you would be interested in learning more about and ask if they would be willing to let a student spend a couple of hours observing their office. the worst they can do is say no, and I think you will be surprised by how many are willing to help. Getting a job is also a good way to start saving some money for college. Consider opening a savings account at the bank so you will be sure to save instead of spend.

4. Practice Application and Scholarship Essays: You will need these in the fall, so why not get some good ideas written down now? Remember that you can often reuse essays(with little to no tweaking) to make applying easier. If application questions from previous years are posted on your college website, practice those - they are generally similar from year to year. If you cannot find any practice questions here are some common college essay themes:

What are your educational/career and personal goals for the future?

How have you successfully overcome the challenges/obstacles in your life?

What traits do you possess that make you a good candidate for college acceptance?

What experience do you have dealing with diversity?

Why do you want to go to this particular college/university? Why would you be a good fit there?

Tells us about yourself. Remember that colleges/scholarship committees will have a copy of your grades/resume. Tell them something they do not already know.

5. Secure Letters of Recommendation: This will not be a requirement on all college or scholarship applications. However, even if it is not required, it never hurts to boost an application with a letter of recommendation. Remember that your applications are read by actual people, so anything you can do to make a good first impression will help. You should notify the person you would like to write your letter AT LEAST two weeks in advance. Getting copies of your letters over the summer will save you time later.