A small city located in Genesee County, Burton is a suburb of the economically devastated city of Flint. The area is still reeling from extensive layoffs and plant closings caused by the decline of Michigan’s auto industry.
According to recent U.S. Census data, in Burton:
- Almost 34% of children under 18 live below the poverty level.
- A quarter of single mothers live below the poverty level.
- 29% of households have an annual income of less than $25,000.
Family-to-Family expanded its program to Burton ten years ago when we were contacted by a mother of six who was struggling, unable to provide for her family. Today, our partner in Burton is Atherton Middle School. School officials report that, “…daily, kids are coming into school announcing a parent’s job loss…It seems like the whole state is bleeding.” A school social worker recommends families in need to Family-to-Family for sponsorship.
We also work with Meijer Store in Burton; they provide monthly grocery gift cards for the sponsored families in our program.
Atherton Middle School
3444 S. Genesee Rd.
Burton, Michigan 48519
*Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau: 2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates