Now in its third year of operation, the Ludington Family Link is an interagency partnership designed to help struggling families gain better access to community resources. Modeled after similar programs all across the state, this program has been proven to be highly beneficial to children and families. There are three main components to this resource:
1. Ludington Schools has a school-based DHS Eligibility Specialist. Linda Dotson, a DHS employee with a caseload made up entirely of LASD families works out of her office located in Room 138 at OJ DeJonge Middle School. Families can contact Linda for help applying to DHS for assistance, for information about community resources, or for questions about their case. Linda will be serving only Ludington families. Any Ludington Area School family can call her with questions, even if she is not your caseworker. In order to visit her at her office, please park on the south end of the high school (off of Anderson St.). There is a sign and a buzzer there. If you ring the buzzer, Linda will let you in. You can also reach her by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (231) 852-3673.
2. An interagency core team meets to collaborate. This core team has representatives from every Ludington school as well as many area agencies to collaborate in helping LASD families with their needs. The purpose of these meetings is to increase our knowledge of services in the area and to better collaborate to make it easier for families to receive needed services.
3. You do not have to be receiving services from DHS to get help from the Ludington Family Link.Individual families who need support accessing services or help can do so by contacting their school counselor or Linda Dotson directly. Families do not have to be receiving any type of assistance from DHS to be eligible for help through the Ludington Family Link.