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Our History:

Family Partnership was founded in November 2005 as an outreach program of the Mission Committee of The Presbyterian Church of Traverse City. A Board of Directors was established March 1, 2007 and we obtained our 501 (c)(3) in 2011. The organization quickly became ecumenical in nature and multiple churches, businesses, and organizations are currently represented.


  • Who we are:  Family Partnership is a non-profit organization that is supported almost entirely by volunteers.
  • What we do:  We have a single focus - to help people in our community that are struggling with low-resources and would like additional support.
  • How we do it:  Through the mentoring relationship. We provide families and individual who apply and are accepted into the program with a personal mentor.
  • Why we do it:  We recognize how difficult and isolating it can be to struggle with poverty. We want to help our clients manage their daily struggles by connecting them with a supportive and experienced partner - a personal mentor. Our mentors provide support, encouragement, advice, knowledge, a listening ear, and unconditional regard to the family or individual he or she serves. 


Please see our FAQ’s page to learn more.


Our Leadership:

Board of Directors:

Tad Minor, Chair
Staton Lorenz, Vice-chair
Jim Dixon, Treasurer
Sharon Glenn, Secretary
June Fitton, Director
Mary Gillett, Director
Nancy Kiogima, Director
Ron Smith, Director
Al Svec, Director




Family Partnership Grand Traverse
1105 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686

p. 231-421-8411

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