The REACH program

REACH: Realizing Educational Achievement Can HappenWhat is REACH?
Free resources and support to students that have been in foster care

Campus support program includes:

  • Access to a life skills coach for personal guidance and support
  • Student workshops
  • Access to financial support for college and/or living expenses
  • Connection to community and college resources
  • Mentoring opportunities

Program Eligibility:

  • Experienced time in foster care on or
    after 14th birthday (or been in placement such as relative, group home, shelter, independent living, or delinquency supervised by DHHS)
  • Age 20 and under
  • Enrolled or prospective WCC student

Program Contact
Kathy Stewart, LMSW | Life Skills Coach | 734-973-3572 |

Campus Champions
The Campus Champions listed below are individuals who serve as a point of contact in various WCC departments to assist REACH students with supports and services on campus:

Admissions – Sukanya Jett
Financial Aid – Kristen Hooper
Foundation – Shana Barker
Learning Support Services – Kristy VanMarter
Student Activities – Peter Leshkevich
Career Services – David Wildfong
GED & Adult Transitions – Bonnie Truhn
Student Resource Center – Elizabeth Orbits

Divisional Deans & Counselors of Humanities, Social & Behavioral Science, Math, Science & Engineering Technology, Advanced Technologies & Public Service, Business & Computer Technologies, Health Science, Diversity and Inclusion

Donations to support WCC REACH Students – Wish List
  • Basic Needs:
    ∗Gift cards to Meijer, Kroger, Target, Walmart, gas station
    ∗Gloves, hats, scarfs, and umbrellas for harsh weather
    ∗Food: Ready to make or microwavable (Mac & cheese, soup,etc.) and snacks
    (granola bars, cereal bars, crackers, apple sauce, etc.)
  • Hygiene & Personal Care:
    ∗Shampoo & conditioner for all races
    ∗Body wash/soap
    ∗Toilet paper
    ∗Toothbrush/tooth paste
  • School Supplies:
    ∗Note cards
    ∗Post its
    ∗Water bottle (reusable)
  • Household:
    ∗Laundry detergent
    ∗Cleaning supplies

Community Partners & Supporters:
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan (ETV)
Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
Our House – Ann Arbor
Ozone House
Student Advocacy Center of Michigan
Fostering Success Michigan
Blavin Scholars Program – U of M
MAGIC Program – EMU
Barrier Busters of Washtenaw County

Fostering Success Michigan (statewide initiative)
Michigan Education & Training Voucher (ETV Funds)
Youth In Transition Funds (YIT)
Student Scholarships & Grants (TIP, etc)
Michigan Youth Opportunity Initiative (MYOI)
United Way (2-1-1)
The Corner Health Center
Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation, Inc.
Foster Closet of Michigan – Washtenaw County
Friends in Deed | Help Line: 484-HELP(4357)
Housing Access Of Washtenaw County (HAWC) | Office: 734-548-6390
Community Mental Health (formerly CSTS) | 734-544-3050
The Casey Family Programs

The REACH program at WCC is funded by the State of Michigan