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Helping Hands

Family and Individual Counseling Services

All are welcome regardless of faith,
income, or circumstance.
  • 14 Locations throughout northern Michigan

  • Interpretive Services Available

  • Licensed by the State of Michigan

  • Over 50 Years of Experience

Help CHS strengthen Northern Michigan one person at a time.


Support for a Wide Range of Social, Emotional, and Spiritual Issues

Since its founding in 1972 by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord, Catholic Human Services has been committed to making a difference in the lives of the people in Northern Lower Michigan. We serve individuals and families regardless of faith, income, race, or ethnicity. We have grown over the years to multiple, highly recognized main and satellite offices in Northern Michigan's 21 counties for providing hope-filled social, emotional, and spiritual support to all people.


We provide mental health, substance abuse, prevention, pregnancy counseling, open adoption, social services, and senior services to over 26,000 people per year. We partner with local, county, and state agencies to offer a wide range of services considered to be the "best practices" in the field. CHS is based administratively in Traverse City, MI, with regional offices in Alpena, Gaylord, and Cadillac. Each office is a hub for services in many other community locations throughout the service area.


Up North Prevention

Up North Prevention is an initiative developed under the umbrella of Catholic Human Services. The purpose is to develop a unified approach across a large geographic service area, “to advance substance abuse prevention efforts in northern lower Michigan.” The initiative facilitates a strengthened framework of delivery, efficient resource allocation and the development of a regional familial purpose positioning prevention up front.

Parents and Daughter


CHS has been strengthening northern Michigan by providing life-enhancing services to individuals, families, and our community for 50 years. As we move towards the future, CHS is focused on strategies that will meet the evolving needs of those we serve. Our plan for the next three years is to 1) strengthen our current programs and 2) expand counseling services for families. 


Donations play an essential role in sustaining and enhancing services. Here are some examples of how you can help:


Client Assistance Fund (CAF): Strengthening northern Michigan means residents can access the care they need for substance use disorders, depression, marital difficulties, unexpected pregnancies, and recovery from trauma. The CAF is available to individuals and families who come to CHS for treatment but have limited ability to pay. 100% of gifts are used to help reduce the cost of care for those in need. 


$100 donation helps cover the costs for pregnancy or other individual counseling sessions.

$150 donation helps cover the costs for family therapy sessions.

$250 donation helps cover the costs for group recovery sessions.


Educational Programming: CHS provides evidence-based information to enhance the well-being of our residents. CHS provides online, virtual, and in-person learning opportunities for youth, families, teachers, and service providers.


$500 helps cover the cost of interactive youth drug prevention classes.

$1,000 will provide continuing education for service providers.

$5,000 underwrites the cost for a motivational Alcohol and Drug prevention event at a local school. 


Expanding Programs and Services: CHS staff continuously look for ways to deliver more services to strengthen families. One top community need that CHS would like to address is expanding marriage counseling. CHS receives numerous requests from clergy to refer struggling couples who could benefit from counseling services. CHS plans to expand its offerings and build an infrastructure to serve at least 300 families per year. Expanding the program will cost an estimated $400,000, and CHS seeks donors interested in investing in this family-strengthening program. Once the program is developed, CHS expects it to become self-sustaining within two years. 

CHS Careers

Our Current Career Opportunities

Clinical Supervisor - Eastern Region - Full-time Employee 

Nurse Care Manager - Full/Part-time Employee

Peer Recovery Coach - Ogemaw County

Substance Use/Behavioral Health Counselors - Alpena, East Tawas, Houghton Lake, Manistee and Traverse City

  • Traverse City Regional Administrative Office
    1000 Hastings St Traverse City, MI 49686 Phone: (231) 947-8110 Mon - Fri | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Sat - Sun | Closed Evenings by Appointment Map link to Traverse City Administrative Offices
  • Gaylord Regional Administrative Office
    829 W. Main St., Suite C3 Gaylord , MI 49735 Phone: (989) 732-6761 Map link to Gaylord Administrative Offices
  • Alpena Regional Administrative Office
    154 S. Ripley Blvd. Alpena, MI 49707 Phone: (989) 356-6385 Mon - Fri | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Sat - Sun | Closed Map link to Alpena Administrative Offices
  • Cadillac Regional Administrative Office
    421 S. Mitchell St. Cadillac, MI 49601 Phone: (231) 775-6581 Mon - Thu | 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Fri - Sun | Closed Map link to Cadillac Administrative Offices
  • Atlanta
    Thunder Bay Community Health Services (TBCHS) 11899 M-32 Atlanta, MI 49709 Phone: (989) 356-6385 Hours by appointment
  • Benzonia
    Benzie Community Resource Center 6051 Frankfort Highway Benzonia MI 49616 Phone: (231) 775-6581 Hours by appointment
  • Harrisville
    106 N. Fifth Street Harrisville, MI 48740 Phone: (989) 356-6385 Hours by appointment
  • Houghton Lake
    206 Health Parkway Houghton Lake, MI 48629 Phone: (989) 732-6761 Hours by appointment
  • Mancelona
    Community Resource Center 205 Grove St. Mancelona, MI 49659 Phone: (989) 732-6761 Fax: (231) 587-4373 Hours by appointment
  • Manistee
    Crystal Lake Clinic 2198 US 31 South PO Box 483 Manistee, MI 49660 Phone: (231) 775-6581 Fax: (231) 309-5935 Hours by appointment
  • Mio
    Madonna Hall 209 West 8th Street Mio, MI 48647 Phone: (989) 732-6761 Hours by appointment
  • Rogers City
    Thunder Bay Community Health Services 205 S. Bradley Highway Rogers City, MI 49779 Phone: (989) 356-6385 Hours by appointment
  • Tawas
    Ascension St. Joseph 200 Hemlock Road Tawas City MI 48763 Phone: (989) 356-6385 Hours by appointment
  • West Branch
    3440 West M-76 West Branch, MI 48661 Phone: (989) 732-6761 Hours by appointment
  • Traverse City - Senior Volunteer Programs
    Prevention and Senior Services 1832-A Oak Hollow Drive Traverse City, MI 49686 Phone: (231) 929-7070 Fax: (231) 929-1247 Mon - Fri | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Sat - Sun | Closed
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