About First Ward

Vision Statement:

“The vision of First Ward Community Service is to be a provider of a range of services which transitions the lives of youth and adults from dependency to self-sufficiency.”


Mission Statement:

“The mission of First Ward Community Service is to positively influence the lives of people in our community, by focusing on low-moderate income families and seniors. We address social and behavioral needs to change the environment. We provide prevention education and recreation, which improves quality of life promoting healthy living. Our mission is funded through fund development, foundations, individuals, federal, state and local financial institutions and special events. Key to our success is collaborating with community partners to optimize programs.”


Since 1931, First Ward Community Service (FWCS) a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit agency has been working to improve the quality of life for families and individuals. First Ward Community Service is located in the Northeast section of the City of Saginaw, which is common known as the Potter-Longstreet neighborhood.

Our center serves as a support/advocacy network for resident of Saginaw County.  We provide a range of services to low-and moderate income families who reside throughout Saginaw County.  Our programs and services are responsible and accessible to families and individuals ranging from senior citizens to children (six years and older), regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.


A brief description of the current programs and services includes:

  • LACER (Literacy Arts Cultural Enrichment Recreation) After-school and Summer Day program servicing youth in grades k-12. Our goal is help each child read on their grade level, learn a new skill, and be the best student. LACER Theatre group allows students to express themselves through performing and visual arts.
  • HIRE (Helping Individuals Reach Excellence), goal is creating successful student leaders through intense engagement in academic preparedness, exposure to STEM careers, college tours and employer visits. Youth work towards strengthening their soft skills, interviewing skills, and leadership development with also an opportunity to receive a certification in core construction instruction and Microsoft Office.
  • Addressing Basic Needs – provide emergency assistance to low-income, homeless, needy families and individuals consisting of food and non-food items. Our program provides utility assistance, food assistance, Adult Community Kitchen, and information and referrals services to individuals, professional, and service collaborators.
  • Senior Citizens program providing nutritionally balanced, hot meals to senior citizens. Our program provides a friendly atmosphere for a variety of recreational, social, and educational activities for the elderly.

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