Livingston ERN (LERN)

Founded: 2016
Livingston ERN (LERN)


Onsite Success Coaching

The core of the ERN model is onsite confidential Success Coaching that employees can access on a predictable, ongoing basis - no more wasted hours in social services offices. Success Coaches offer direct connection to community resources for any challenges they are facing at work or at home. Employees who face a crisis from lack of resources can get immediate, personal relief at the workplace. Training and advanced education for work-based skills or life skills can be focused goals along with barrier reduction. Services are available to all ERN member employees. Success Coaches accommodate all shifts with off-site locations and alternate meeting times available upon request.

LERN Livingston Video

LERN Livingston Success Coach, Jennifer DeGrandchamp, highlights the benefits and opportunities of LERN Livingston for member employees and employers.

Community Ventures

Community Ventures (CV) is an innovative economic development initiative that promotes employment and social enterprise in the state’s most distressed urban areas. Coordinated by the Talent Investment Agency (TIA), this initiative helps structurally unemployed individuals pursue career opportunities at Michigan companies in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw and Pontiac. CV partners with Michigan ERN Team to provide onsite social service and training programs that support employment.

Hardship Savings & Loan Program

Partner: Lake Trust Credit Union

Purpose: The Bridge Loan provides a financial resource for the Success Coach and clients, allowing the coach to connect clients to fair and reputable lending. These loans help clients overcome financial burdens that may be negatively impacting their life including auto repairs, credit repair, payday lending traps, appliance purchases, debt, and family emergencies. It is offered as a last resort for employees facing a financial emergency.

Savings Component: The loan includes a savings component which requires a $10 per week deposit into a savings account. The savings commitment is added to the loan repayment amount, which is placed into a savings account that does not allow withdrawals until the loan is paid in full. At the end of the payment plan, the client will accumulate over $520 in savings. Upon pay-off, the client is encouraged to continue the habit of savings. This not only teaches the client the importance of saving, but also acts as a safety net for the bank/credit union. If an employee is terminated while in payments, the savings account is released back for the lending institution to cover any unpaid remaining portion of the loan.

  Employer Members-Investors

  • GKI Foods
  • Lake Trust Credit Union
  • Novares
  • TG Fluid Systems
  • Thai Summit
  • Workskills Corporation

  Strategic Partners

  • Community Ventures MEDC
  • Lake Trust
  • Livingston County OLHSA
  • MI Works Southeast
  • Michigan ERN
  • Oakland Livingston County Human Service Agency
  • Spark Ann Arbor USA