Southwest Michigan ERN - SWMERN (April Hall)

Founded: 2011
Southwest Michigan ERN - SWMERN (April Hall)

Employer Return on Investment: 620%

 

Total Employee Requests: 2301

 

Total Services: 3294

 

Employee Utilization: 21.4%

 

Source: Oct 2017-Sept 2018 YE Report

 

  Services

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.

SWMERN Video: Battle Creek (April Hall)

SWMERN Success Coach, April Hall, highlights the benefits and opportunities for SWMERN member employees and employers.

Download the free Driven to Succeed Ride Share App!

Do you need transportation to/from work or would you like to make some extra cash picking up a co-worker on your way? Download the Driven to Succeed app free (developed in partnership with ERN USA) at the App Store for iPhone and Android. Request the passcode from your Success Coach. Please follow instructions provided below and review the Privacy Policy.

Driven to Succeed Privacy Policy

Please review the Privacy Policy for the Driven to Succeed App.

Hardship Loan & Savings Program

Partner: Omni 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.

Medical Crisis: Signing Up for Public Assistance

Get inspired by other employees' success stories! Tammy contacted her Success Coach about her grand-daughter, Remi and the difficult time they were having at home. Remi was diagnosed with cortical dysplasia and epilepsy with up to 20 seizures a day. Her daughter-in-law, Cierra, had to quit working to care for Remi. Remi’s father, Fred, works full-time. Cierra was trying to make contact with the Social Security Office and DHHS to get public assistance for Remi, but she kept getting the 'cookie cutter' answer of “someone will get back with you shortly." Funds and patience were running thin. Remi and her family moved in with Cierra's parents to save money. Tammy and her husband were even taking on some of Cierra and Fred's monthly bills. The Success Coach connected Cierra to Lisa Stanley directly from the Disability Network. Lisa met with Cierra within a week and helped the family apply for all of their public assistance needs. Remi underwent brain surgery at U of M, came home on June 29, and is doing well.

  Employer Members-Investors

  • Bronson Healthcare Group
  • Denso Manufacturing of Michigan
  • Garden of Dreams Childcare
  • Janesville Acoustics
  • Marshall Excelsior
  • Melling Engineered  Aluminum Castings
  • Presbyterian Center for Children
  • Rosler
  • Take a Break Childcare Center

  Strategic Partners

  •  ERN USA
  • Battle Creek Unlimited
  • Kalsee Credit Union
  • Michigan Works! Southwest
  • Omni Credit Union
  • WE Upjohn Institute