Services for your individual needs

West Michigan Guardianship

Providing services for individuals who are unable to take care of themselves and have no one else to help them with their daily living needs.

Phone

(269) 934-9333

Email

CPayne@TheAvenue.ngo

Location

2450 M-139
Benton Harbor, MI 49023

Office Hours

Monday-Friday:
8am – 5pm

Services for your individual needs

The goal of the program is to meet individual needs in the least restrictive environment possible.  Clients may be suffering from dementia or have been victims of fraud, neglect or abuse.  They may also be developmentally disabled or mentally ill adults or any adult who is in a vulnerable or dangerous situation.

All West Michigan Guardianship case managers are certified by the National Guardianship Association, which requires passing an extensive examination that covers every aspect of Guardianship rules and regulations.  Staff members are highly trained and have wide-ranging experience working with diverse populations.

Providing independence 

Financial Management

West Michigan Guardianship prepares budgets for individuals to help them live within their monetary means.

Power of attorney

An individual may assign specific powers to West Michigan Guardianship to make important client decisions.

Representative payee

Authority to receive and disburse Social Security funds on behalf of an individual when they have difficulty paying their bills in a timely manner.

Guardianship

A court appoints WMG to act on behalf of the individual and gives us legal authority in decision making for every possible area of a client’s life.

West Michigan Guardianship meets standards of quality set forth by the Council on Accreditation. NGA certified case managers are a part of the West Michigan Guardianship.

Along with fundraising events throughout the year, WMG is honored to receive support from the following community funding partners.

The Power of a gift

Donations of equipment, goods, or services are in-kind gifts. To assure that West Michigan Guardianship can utilize the items or services, thereby fulfilling donor wishes, please click through the categories below to view our updated wish list.  New items that are posted on the wish lists are always accepted and appreciated. Please feel free to reach out with ideas for donations that are not currently on our wish list.

Unrestricted Gifts

These are the most important donations and generally have the largest overall impact. Unrestricted donations in any amount help us address critical needs that arise throughout the year and assist us in meeting rising operating costs that affect all of our programs.

Designated Program Gifts

Donations in any amount designated for general use in a specific program help us provide the best care and services to clients of the designated program. All divistions under The Avenue utilize private financial support to maintain and improve client services for maximum impact and success.

Capital Improvement Gifts

These gifts assist The Avenue in the acquisition or renovation of facilities and equipment that are deemed necessary through strategic and budgetary planning. Gifts in any amount that can be applied toward the priority capital needs are welcomed.

Endowment Fund Gifts

The Avenue has a permanent endowment fund at the Berrien Community Foundation. Gifts in any amount to this fund are invested. A portion of the fund is distributed each year for use by The Avenue. These are gifts that “keep giving” because they always remain invested, generating future revenue that helps provide a stable source of income over time.

Planned Gifts

A planned gift is any gift that is made during lifetime or at death as part of a donor’s overall financial and estate planning. Donors are advised to consult with their own financial and legal counsel prior to making a planned gift. One type of planned gift that is commonly used by individuals is a cash bequest to their designated charity, such as The Avenue.

In-Kind Gifts

Donations of equipment, goods, or services are in-kind gifts. To assure that The Avenue can utilize the items or services, thereby fulfilling donor wishes, please see the Give/Volunteer tab on our website to access the wish lists for each program.  New items that are posted on the wish lists are always accepted and appreciated. 

The magic of a wish list

Donations of equipment, goods, or services are in-kind gifts. To assure that West Michigan Guardianship can utilize the items or services, thereby fulfilling donor wishes, please click through the categories below to view our updated wish list.  New items that are posted on the wish lists are always accepted and appreciated. Please feel free to reach out with ideas for donations that are not currently on our wish list.

Service Areas

Serving Southwest Michigan

Our services are located in Benton Harbor, Michigan. We currently serve clients throughout Berrien, Van Buren, Cass Counties and the surrounding areas.

Hours of Operation

MON – FRI
8:00am – 5:00pm

Want to donate an item that’s not on the list?

Don’t be shy. Let us know if you have a new or unused item that you’d like to donate!