Changing Lives Through Mentoring Relationships

Family Partnership Grand Traverse is a faith-based non-profit organization, helps families and individuals in our community who are struggling with low-resources and would like the additional support of a mentoring relationship. Mentors work with partners to manage their daily struggles through support, encouragement, advice, knowledge, a listening ear, goals setting, and role modeling for success.

“I am forever grateful to Family Partnership for their life changing program. It has become a support system and a stable rock in my life.”


- A recent Mentee

“I’ve had people who mentored me as I came along…and I thought this is something that would be good. I’m certainly glad that I did it.”


- Family Partnership Mentor, Staton L.

Become a Mentor

Mentors provide support, encouragement, advice, knowledge, a listening ear, and unconditional regard to the family or individual he or she serves. Practicing “developmental mentoring”, mentors foster a supportive and empowering relationship and encourages families to make choices that have the potential to improve the quality of their lives and provide higher levels of independence and security.  Mentors participate in an initial mentor exploration/orientation class before making a commitment.

Interested in becoming a mentor?—Family Partnership provides training and effective ongoing support for its mentors and considers it one of the most important aspects of its success and sustainability. Monthly Support meetings provide:

  • Opportunities to meet with other mentors and volunteers to discuss experiences and seek input on how we can more effectively meet the needs of those we serve.

  • Direct access to the Executive Director for crisis management and program feedback

  • Continuing education through guest speakers, info sharing, and tools and techniques.

Mentoring Make a Difference—Family Partnership mentors provide long-term individual or family coaching for neighbors determine to reach their full potential through a helping hand relationship. Partners are selected and matched for compatibility.

Here are some of the areas in which mentoring can help:

  • Confidence building

  • Personal goal development

  • Enduring friendships

  • Improved employment

  • Continuing education or job training

  • Job interviewing skills

  • Improved housing

  • Resume development

  • Reducing stress

  • Budgeting and household management skills

  • Responsible debt management and use of credit

  • Preventing family crises

  • And much more

About Family Partnership- Family Partnership Grand Traverse was established in 2005. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a partner organization of the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative. We work in collaboration with several other community programs designed to help families and individuals in the greater Grand Traverse region.


1105 E. Front Street Traverse City, MI 49686

Telephone: 231-946-6278