This is what it’s all about.

Vintage photo of kids playing ball during the early days of CFS.For 80 years, one thing at CFS has remained constant – our dedication to supporting individuals in our community during times of crisis, challenge, and life transition.

For many in helping professions, we begin our work because we care about people and want to do what we can to help them succeed. We continue showing up every day because of the positive changes we see our work produce.

We want to share some stories of positive change with you, hoping that you will see our passion, connect with our mission, and be inspired to join us in improving the lives of northern Michigan individuals and families.

Click the links below to read stories that show how our programs impact lives. Check back soon for updates!



Crisis Services

Foster Care

Independent Living Skills

Pete’s Place Youth Shelter

Safe Haven Supervised Visitation and Exchange


Youth Services


*Some details in the stories may have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals. Photos displayed are representations and are not of the children in the stories.


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