Photo of sunflower in Riddle school garden courtesy of Katie Olender
NorthWest Initiative was founded in 2000 to improve the overall health of residents of the north
and west sides of Lansing. Our dedicated staff members provide a range of services,
information and referrals to individuals with a wide range of needs including access to health
care, produce, transportation, and housing.
NWI Outreach provides health and wellness services for the community.
We serve Cherry Hill, Downtown, Renaissance, Westside, Genesee, Old Oakland, Old Forest
and Walnut neighborhoods. NWI outreach also leads community improvement and advocacy
initiatives on issues of concern to residents.
Outreach services include:
- Emergency food distribution by appointment. Distribution is held every 1st & 3rd
Thursdays, Noon to 2pm at the NorthWest Initiative building. Call (517) 999-2894 to
schedule an appointment. To be eligible you must reside in the following zip codes:
- Food Stamps (MiBridges).
- Coordination with services provided by NWI’s re-entry program, ARRO.
- Health services for eligible residents
- Ingham Health Plans, MIChild, Plan First, Medicaid
- Referrals for: Clothing, shelter, transportation and mental health and substance abuse
treatment services for which you are eligible.
- Community improvement projects and volunteer opportunities
- Community Gardens, (Call for information about plots)
- Workshops and educational programs
- Free tax preparation.
- Cooking and food demos, home repair,help with chronic disease management and
|NorthWest Initiative - North Neighborhood Center
530 W. Ionia St., Suite D, Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: 517-999-2894 Fax: 517-999-2897
|NWI Now Distributes
|NorthWest Initiative Outreach programs:
A healthy community starts with healthy residents
But not every neighbor has enough healthy food, medicine, shelter, clothing . . . or even a home.
We can help!
(517) 999-2894 / M-F 9 am-4pm
Call for appointments and an updated list of programs*
Michigan Optometric Association Building, 530 W. Ionia, Suite D, Lansing, MI 48933
*Note: NWI will conduct an initial needs assessment to identify programs for which you and your
family are eligible.
Emergency Food Distribution Volunteers Needed!
If you are interested in volunteering for food distribution, please contact Americorps and Food
access Coordinator, Kim Rustem at: (517) 999-2894
We love to see new faces!
NWI's Free Tax Preparation
NWI’s Free Tax Preparation service from January to April
helped residents receive more than $4.5 million in previously
unclaimed tax credits and rebates since 2004.
Call 2-1-1 to schedule your appointment today! Free tax
services are conducted from January – April, 2013.
You will be asked to fill out short surveys before the service is
Volunteers for this service are also needed. Please call
Jonathon at (517) 999-2894 today!
Canvassing Your Neighborhoods!
Outreach staff canvass door to door in west and north
Lansing neighborhoods to identify residents’ needs for
outreach services and programs. We will be knocking
at your door in the coming spring, summer and fall
months. Please take time to answer our questions and
find out how NorthWest Initiative can help you!
Tax preparation assistance
Signing up residents for
Youth projects and more!
|Watch for announcements this
winter and spring and join us for
the NorthWest Initiative’s