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Welcome to the Cristo Rey Community Center homepage. Please excuse us as our website is currently under re-construction, but exciting changes are being made that will help us help you.
While we are waiting for our new website, please allow us to share some information about Cristo Rey Community Center: If you need information now or would like to contact us in the meantime, please do not hesitate to call (517) 372-4700 or visit us at 1717 N. High Street, Lansing MI. Our business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
It is the purpose of Cristo Rey Community Center to provide for the hungry, care for the sick, teach and empower our community, support individuals through difficult transitions, engage minorities who would otherwise be isolated due to language barriers, honor our elderly, and protect and enrich our youth.
Cristo Rey Community Center was opened in 1968 to help meet the needs of the poor, the vulnerable, immigrants and migrants and all people in need regardless of language or culture. Over the years it has expanded its programs and the number of people served. Currently we have many programs that are on-location and providing critical services for both basic needs and resources for self-sufficiency.
Health Clinic: The health clinic offers on-site care and employs a bilingual doctor along with a full staff. All insurances are accepted including Medicaid, Medicare and Ingham Health Plan. In addition, there is a weekly clinic to help individuals and their families understand and sign up for medical assistance programs for which they may be eligible.
Prescription Assistance: Prescription assistance can be administered in conjunction with the health clinic or as a stand-alone service. This service was initiated in 2003 when the health clinic nurses were overwhelmed by trying to help individual clients receive their prescription medications. Clients were not able to receive their prescriptions because they did not have the money to purchase them or the information on how to apply for assistance. At the prescription clinic workers help clients fill out the necessary paperwork and then coordinate (based on need) with the prescription company directly. Qualifying clients have their prescriptions delivered directly to the prescribing doctor’s office once every three months; Cristo Rey Community Center then retrieves the medication for distribution to the patient. There is also an emergency voucher program for clients who either do not qualify for the regular prescription assistance program or who are dealing with an emergency situation with an immediate need.
Direct Assistance/Food Bank: The Food Bank participates in Open Distribution of produce and dairy (available to clients once every two weeks), a Food Pantry, a Community Bread Rack (which also provides other essentials such as diapers, etc). The separate programs combined provided food and essentials to approximately 22,000 people in 2012.
Senior Citizen Services: The Senior Citizen program is for community members over the age of 60 and meets four days a week. Breakfast is provided at the Cristo Rey Community Center gymnasium through the City of Lansing followed by activities and crafts. Many in this community primarily speak Spanish and are able to socialize comfortably while participating in enjoyable gatherings. Lunch is provided as well by Cristo Rey Community Center.
Youth Services: The Youth Program Cristo Rey Community Center provides safety, structure, and fun. As many local youth in our community do not have adult supervision available after school, the Community Center offers an after-school drop off clinic (4 to 6 p.m.) available to all registered children. Children have access to computers, a playground, tutoring, enrichment activities, fieldtrips, and healthy snacks.
Persons with Disabilities: The Persons with Disabilities program offers a safe place for local persons with disabilities to congregate and socialize. Lunch is provided, along with assistance filling out benefit forms or other support services as needed. The room where the program is located is set up to resemble a living room for our clients to feel comfortable and to gain a sense of stability within the organization.
Nutrition Services: Our Nutrition Program serves any age-range within our community, with cooking classes both for children and adults (following the “Cooking Matters” program), a youth garden (through the “My Garden” initiative), and the “No Kid Hungry Campaign”. This campaign is available and focused on families with low incomes and teaches people how to best shop and cook healthy food on a limited budget. Food planning, maximizing the nutritional value of items, and cooking classes are all included.
Tech en la Casa: Tech en la Casa is a program to teach Spanish-speakers computer skills and work-force readiness information. Parents are welcome to include their children in the computer program to help include the entire family in the learning process and to further share information in the community.
English as a Second Language Classes (ESL) and GED preparation in Spanish: ESL classes and GED preparation classes in Spanish are offered at Cristo Rey Community Center as a community initiative. These classes are offered in the afternoons and evenings to help accommodate working families’ schedules.
Mental Health Services: Our mental health services offers a variety of programs and treatments (court mandated and otherwise), such as counseling as a stand-alone service or in conjunction with substance abuse treatment, parenting classes, Women/Living Free, and domestic violence prevention/counseling.
Cristo Rey Community Outreach: Cristo Rey Community Center houses a gymnasium where town-hall and community information meetings can be held, along with fiestas and other community events sponsored by the Community Center. If you or your organization would like to be involved in hosting an event at Cristo Rey Community Center, please contact us for more details!