Burton, Michigan

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.

U.S. Census Bureau statistics* show that in Burton:

  • 19.2% of children under 18 live below the poverty level
  • 25% of single women heading a household with children live under the poverty level
  • 25.9% of households have an annual income of less than $25,000

Family-to-Family’s partner in Burton is Atherton Middle School. Atherton 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 official recommends families in need to Family-to-Family for sponsorship.

Burton is also the location of the first Family-to-Family “Closet for Good” – a place where families struggling to make ends meet can bring gently used children’s clothes that their own kids have outgrown and swap them for someone else’s. Kim Neubacher, a mother of six who reached out to F-to-F for help when her husband lost his job, started a Closet for Good as a way to help others.

In Burton, Family-to-Family purchases groceries for our sponsored families from Walmart.

Community Contact:
Colleen Kure
Atherton Middle School
3444 S. Genesee Rd.
Burton, Michigan 48519

Links to learn more:
Burton mom planning clothing swap for families at Van Y Elementary
Link to Article

Mothers helping others: Burton woman helps bring national hunger-relief organization, Family to Family, to Michigan Learn more 

*Source: U.S. Census Bureau: 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

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