Providing Essential Services for You


Out of an abundance of caution, we have made modifications to some of our programs and services as our communities try to reduce the risks associated with COVID-19. 

We continue our work providing essential services.

The TrueNorth Service Center in Fremont remains open. We recognize that we must keep critical resources available and accessible for the people who need them.

For a summary of our program changes, discover more here:

We are experiencing a significant rise in need, especially around the areas of food and housing, as COVID-19 continues to impact our communities. We need your help to make sure all of our most vulnerable kids, families and seniors remain in their home and have enough food to eat.

If you can, please donate. Every little bit helps. 

TrueNorth. Here to Serve. Here for You.




Circles strives to build better lives

Circles Newaygo County strives to end poverty one family at a time. 

Our program is focused on personal exploration and growth, working with Circle Leader participants to help them achieve self-sufficiency. We provide dinner and childcare for our Circle Leaders. You can take steps toward a better life by getting involved with Circles.

Or become someone who supports those efforts by becoming an Ally, volunteering to work alongside them on their journey forward. 

Or support the Circle Leaders and Allies as a volunteer with one of our resource teams or in another capacity. We are in also in need of childcare volunteers, who work with children at our weekly Circles meetings and volunteer from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays (with dinner included and the curriculum provided).

To get involved with, to find more details on, or to volunteer with Circles Newaygo County, call (231) 924-0641, ext. 220, or email

Circles is funded by a grant from the Fremont Area Community Foundation‚Äč.


Nurture a child; join TrueMentors

TrueMentors is focused on nurturing kids.

TrueMentors' community mentoring volunteers are matched with Newaygo County youth between the ages of 5 to 14 years old in a one-to-one mentoring relationship for a minimum one-year commitment. We've got kids awaiting a match.

We particularly need adults as volunteers with TrueBlue Academy, an after-school mentoring program done in partnership with Newaygo Public Schools and the Newaygo Police Department. The program meets once a week on Tuesdays from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Newaygo Middle School in Newaygo.

To apply to be a mentor with TrueMentors and for more information, contact us by email at or call (231) 924-0641, ext. 109.

You can help support TrueMentors by making a financial contribution to the program; get the details here.

Get Heat and Energy Help with emPower

Our emPower heat and energy assistance program helps people who are struggling to afford their utility and deliverable fuel bills in Michigan, working with them on becoming self-sufficient and independent.

emPower is striving to provide assistance across Michigan for 2020-2021 in partnership with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services,  the Michigan Agency for Energy through the Michigan Energy Assistance Program and utility, energy, and deliverable fuels providers across the state.

These are the steps to discover success with emPower’s assistance through Self-Sufficiency Services:

  1. Complete and be approved for Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ State Emergency Relief (SER) assistance; apply through MI BridgesIf you have already applied for an SER after October 1, 2020 please skip to the next step. Choose TrueNorth Community Services as your referral partner.
  2. Click here to complete a Self-Sufficiency plan.
  3. Email us a copy of your SER decision letter when you receive it. Our email is, or you can take a photo and text it to (202) 900-9906.
  4. A member of our emPower team will reach out to you to begin your self-sufficiency journey.

Discover more on emPower's website or call (231) 355-5880.