Human Services

Elder Law of Michigan, Inc.

  • Lansing, MI
  • www.elderlawofmi.org

Mission Statement

To advocate for, educate, and assist our target populations

Main Programs

  1. Legal and Pension Counseling
  2. Assistance with Food, Benefits & Health Care
  3. Housing Counseling
  4. Protection of Vulnerable Adults

service areas

National

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ruling year

1991

chief executive

Mr. Keith Morris

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co-chief executive

Mr. Ronald Tatro

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Keywords

aging, senior citizens, food assistance, pension rights, legal services, advocacy, information services, consumer protection, access to public benefits, hotlines

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EIN

38-2960530

Also Known As

ELM, Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors, MiCAFE, Housing Rights Center of Michigan

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Management & Technical Assistance (W02)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Legal and Pension Counseling

Legal Advice is available over the telephone to people age 60 or older (or family caregivers) regardless of income statewide. We advise on Social Security, Medicare, Consumer Law, Wills/Probate, Long Term Care and more.

Pension Counseling assists retirees of any age or any income with retirement benefits. The rights of divorced persons, assistance for surviving spouses and help finding lost pensions are included.

Category

None

Budget

Population Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Program 2

Assistance with Food, Benefits & Health Care

Assistance with Food, Benefits & Health Care helps apply for benefits that meet their basic needs including utilities, food, housing, medical assistance and prescription drugs. Application assistance is available in person and over the telephone, and is primarily for people age 60 and older. We also provide nutrition education, food preparation tips, and much more.

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None

Budget

Population Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

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None

Program 3

Housing Counseling

Housing Counseling helps people of all ages with housing (foreclosure prevention, to rental issues, affordable housing, and fair housing/discrimination). We are approved by both HUD and MSHDA.

Reverse Mortgage Counseling educates homeowners about the benefits and drawbacks of reverse mortgages and is available by calling the National Council on Aging at 1-800-510-0301; ask to be assigned to Elder Law of Michigan. There is a fee for Reverse Mortgage Counseling service.

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None

Budget

Population Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

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None

Program 4

Protection of Vulnerable Adults

Elder Abuse Prevention includes training and technical assistance to communities, government, human services and members of the legal system and law enforcement to help people prevent and respond to abuse and financial exploitation of vulnerable adults.

Pooled Account Trust offers the opportunity to set money aside for the care and future needs of someone under 65 who is living with a disability at a low cost. The trust protects Medicaid, SSI and other benefits for long term care needs. Visit our website for more information.

Category

None

Budget

Population Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

None

None

service areas

National

Self-reported by organization

Social Media

@ElderLawofMichigan

@ElderLawofMI

@elder-law-of-michigan

@elderlawmi

Funding Needs

Elder Law of Michigan values gifts of all sizes.  For many years we have been a primarily grant funded organization. The economic downturn has forced us to rely more heavily on contributions from people who value personal responsibility, independence, fairness, justice, consumer protection, reduction of poverty and hunger, elders, and people of all abilities.

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ELDER LAW OF MICHIGAN
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Elder Law of Michigan, Inc.

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. Keith Morris

co-chief executive

Mr. Ronald Tatro

BIO

Keith L. Morris, J.D., M.P.A., is President of Elder Law of Michigan. He has been a member of the Elder Law team since he started as a law student volunteer 15 years ago. Keith has held the positions of Community Liaison, Hotline Attorney, Managing Attorney, Assistant Project Director, and Project Director. He is still serving as the project director for the Center for Elder Rights Advocacy, a program that provides technical assistance and consulting services to other nonprofits.

Keith obtained his Juris Doctorate and Master of Public Administration from Western Michigan University. He was also a visiting professor for over 10 years at the law school, where he taught legal research and writing.

Mr. Morris serves on the Legal Services Association of Michigan, the Michigan Poverty Law Program Advisory Board, Access to Justice Initiatives, Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Senior Advisory Council, and Sixty-Plus Clinical Law Program’s Board of Directors.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"Elder Law of Michigan is growing and evolving to provide a vital and unique service to older adults and people with disabilities.  We are committed to continual education and modify our services to meet the challenges that aging brings in America. Our staff is proud to serve clients using technology with a human touch, and person-centered thinking in all that we do.  Serving older adults is an honor and a privilege, and I am very proud of our dedicated team of professionals who re-affirm their commitment to quality and innovation each day."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Kevin Stanko

Blue Cross Blue Sheild

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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