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Welcoming New Residents

Welcome to our beautiful community of Shelby Township! This page serves as a guide to our community and to local services that may be of use to you. In addition to this resource, we have a welcoming packet available for new residents at the Clerk’s Office in the Municipal Building. Throughout this page you will find a number of links that will help you navigate our website and direct you to relevant information. External links will be noted as such.

 

A Township and More...

Situated in west Macomb County, 20 miles north of Detroit and 8 miles west of Anchor Bay, Shelby Township is home to nearly 75,000 people. The township is governed by an elected 7-member Board including 3 full-time officials (Supervisor, Clerk & Treasurer) and 4 part-time Trustees:

Rick Stathakis, Supervisor
Stanley T. Grot, Clerk
Michael Flynn, Treasurer
Paula C Filar, Trustee
Nick Nightingale, Trustee
Paul Viar, Trustee
Doug Wozniak, Trustee

To learn more about how the township functions, please visit our “How Shelby Operates” webpage, and for more information about individual departments, please use our “Departments” tab at the top of this page, or follow the link for a full list.

Among our greatest assets are our 1,200 acres of Township parks, equiped with sports fields, playscapes, and trails. The Parks and Recreation department is responsible for our vast array of facilities and plans and coordinates various adult and youth recreation programs.

Nature lovers rejoice, as our parks provide an escape from the day-to-day hustle and bustle. Home to more than 100 species of native birds and animals, including nesting American bald eagles, and more than 80 species of trees, shrubs and wildflowers, it’s hard not to fall for the beauty and serentity of Shelby.

 

Located just east of our municipal offices is Cherry Creek Golf Club, one of the finest public golf and banquet destinations in Michigan and the venue for many of our special events. Also located in Shelby Township is the 4,000-acre Stony Creek Metropark, home to the 500-acre Stony Creek Lake, and the Macomb Orchard Trail, a 24-mile hike and bike path that connects to 180 miles of trails across southeast Michigan. 

 

Health Services / Emergency

Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS):
For an emergency, always dial 911 for police, fire and EMS assistance.
For non-emergencies you may contact the police department and fire department directly. 

Local Hospitals and Urgent Care Facilities:
Shelby-Macomb Medical Mall (Henry Ford Health System)
50505 Schoenherr Rd
Shelby Twp, MI 48315
(586) 323-4700

St. John Medical Center -Macomb Township
17700 23 Mile Rd
Macomb, MI 48044
(586) 416-7500

Shelby Urgent Care
51850 Dequindre Rd
Shelby Twp, MI 48316
(586) 799-4082

Macomb County Health and Community Services:
The Health and Community Services division of Macomb County includes Health, Community, and Senior Services. A list of primary contacts for these various departments and services can be found here.

Education Services and Programs

Public Schools:

Shelby Township is part of the Utica Community Schools District (UCS), the second largest public school district in the State of Michigan. The district is well-known for its award-winning programs and high standardized test scores. The UCS Administrative Center is located at 11303 Greendale, Sterling Heights, MI 48312 and can be reached at (586) 797-1000.

For information about enrollment, visit the general enrollment section of their website, accessible here.


The Michigan Intermediate School District (MISD) services 21 local school districts throughout Macomb County. MISD provides support to these districts for special populations: children with special physical, mental, or emotional needs, exceptionally gifted children, and English language learners (ELL). You can discuss your child's options with school administration. Additionally, MISD provides parent resources available here, which may help you in assessing the needs of your child.

Beyond MISD English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and tutoring for children, there are a number of community organizations who offer ESL classes in addition to a number of other services for non-English speakers and immigrants. See the "Immigrants, Refugees, and Non-English Speakers" section at the bottom of this page.

Shelby Township Library:
The Shelby Township Library provides Shelby residents with a variety of print and digital materials including books, magazines, digital magzines, newspapers, audiobooks, downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, DVDs and Blu-rays, music CDS, and downloadable music. Also available are free Wifi, public computers with Internet access, word processing, and online databases. Services include photocopying, printing, faxing, and scanning for a nominal fee.

The Children's Department provides a selection of materials for the education and entertainment of your children, and hosts a number of activites geared toward toddlers, young children, families, and teens.

Programs for adults include a writer's group, book clubs, and a variety of other events. Click here to view the Shelby Library calendar.

Public Transportation

Public transportation for non-senior citizens is handled through the SMARTBUS system. For information about fares and routes, please visit the SMARTBUS webpage or follow the appropriate link below:

SMARTBUS Webpage
SMARTBUS Fares
SMARTBUS Bus Tracker Map

For our senior citizens, those who are at least 50 years of age or are permanently disabled, we have a transportation system which travels to and from our Senior Center. Please visit the following page for more detailed information about this program: Shelby Township Senior Citizens Transportation

Senior Citizens Center

The Shelby Township Senior Center offers activites and services for residents ages 55 and up.

Activities include classes such as crafts, computers, exercise, and woodcarving, weekly events such as bingo, choir, and cards, monthly events such as pinochle, euchre, dinner dances, and birthday parties, and special events such as ice cream socials, craft sales, Senior Olympics, a picnic, fishing derby, Christmas celebration, Senior Prom, Winter Carnival, and planned day or extended trips to places of interest.

Services include transportation (see above), tax preparation, "ask the lawyer", Medicare advocate services, information referrals to caregivers, chore services, and other senior services, health services such as blood pressure checks, cholestrol screening, flu shots, and hearing tests. Also offered are support groups such as the Alzheimer's Family Support Group and Deaf-Older Adult Services. 

Lunch is available daily, Monday through Friday, at 11:30 am for seniors ages 60 and up and is provided by the Macomb Couny Nutrition Program. 

 

Foreign-Born Residents and Non-English Speakers

There are many local community organizations which assist new Americans in need of support, education, and employment. Many of these organizations are not exclusive to refugee assistance and provide services to all immigrants and other individuals in need.  If you, a friend, family member, or neighbor are in need of assistance, please contact us, or any of these organizations, and someone will be more than happy to guide you.

The following organizations are open to all faiths and backgrounds:

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS): visit the MDHHS "assistance programs" page for guidance on a number of state programs which assist individuals with health services, education, employment, and more. 

Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan provides translation services, counseling, cultural orientation, aid in the journey to US citizenship, and much more. A list of their services can be found here. The organization also provides services specific to the Hispanic community, for more information on these programs visit their Hispanic Outreach webpage. The Macomb County building is located at 15945 Canal Rd, Charter Township of Clinton and can be reached at (586) 416-2300.

The Chaldean Community Foundation offers acculturation and training programs, behavioral health services, and other services relevant to the needs of new Americans. This brochure details their services, and features an Arabic translation. They are located at 3601 15 Mile Road in Sterling Heights, and can be reached at (586) 722-7253.

Translation Assistance Services:

The above organizations offer translation assistance for individuals, but for businesses or organizations in need of additional language resources, the State of Michigan provides a Translators Resource List which lists organizations and individuals who are able to translate documents. 

An I Speak card can be used to determine a person's language. The individual can select their language from the list, then the translation process can begin. Printing several copies of the card for your business or establishment is advisable.