R.E.A.C.H Program

REACH: Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen

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What 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
[email protected]

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:

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
    • Deodorant
    • Lotion
    • Toilet paper
    • Toothbrush/tooth paste
  • School Supplies:
    • Pens/pencils/highlighters
    • Notebooks
    • Note cards
    • Post its
    • Water bottle (reusable)
  • Household:
    • Laundry detergent
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Blankets
    • Towels

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


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

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