Mission & Values

Our Mission

The Center for Civil Justice (CCJ) advocates for people in Michigan who need help meeting their basic needs. CCJ uses legal expertise, informed by the experiences of low income people, to monitor and improve public policy and access to governmental programs and services.

Our Vision

By providing legal and technical assistance to low-income people and their allies, Center for Civil Justice ensures that low-income people in Michigan have greater access to basic needs services, particularly related to food and nutrition, healthcare, and income supports, and to opportunities for improved economic stability and self-sufficiency

Center for Civil Justice collaborates with low income people and their allies to identify and address significant emerging issues through systemic advocacy strategies. 

Center for Civil Justice is a recognized expert, both nationally and in Michigan, on the policies and procedures of many government programs that are critical for low-income persons in Michigan.

Our Work

Center for Civil Justice is a non-profit organization that uses its expertise on laws and policies affecting low income people to advocate for the rights and interests of our low-income clients. We work with low-income persons in the counties of Arenac, Bay, Clare, Genesee, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Lapeer, Midland, Saginaw, St Clair, Sanilac, and Tuscola. We also work in partnership with community, faith-based and governmental organizations in these counties and throughout the state to achieve systemic improvements in the policies affecting low-income persons. We provide legal and technical assistance to advocates and organizations statewide on a variety of policy issues, especially those related to food and nutrition programs, healthcare programs, and economic self-sufficiency. Our systemic advocacy helps low-income persons throughout Michigan.

If you want to know if Center for Civil Justice can help you or your organization, look under How We Fight Poverty.