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November 2015 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

Michigan Community Action

MI-Nov-2015MCA Catalyst – November 2015

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Weatherization Day at Capitol

The north corridor of the Capitol building in Lansing teemed with legislators and MCA members Oct. 29 during Weatherization Day 2015. The event demonstrated the benefits of the Weatherization Assistance Program and commemorated National Weatherization Day (Oct. 30). Legislators learned that at least 1,500 homes will be weatherized in Michigan in the upcoming year, saving families $250-$450 in utility costs

GCCARD brings logistics to Flint water crisis

Getting water filters to Flint residents quickly might have been a logistical problem, were it not for the infrastructure already in place by Genesee County Community Action Resource Department (GCCARD), which is playing a key role in the response to Flint's water crisis. GCCARD was chosen to spearhead the distribution of water filters provided by the state at the recommendation of the state Bureau of Community Action and Economic Opportunity, which knew the agency had the capability to get the filters to residents quickly and efficiently

NCAF's David Bradley in Michigan Nov. 24 to speak

MCA will welcome David Bradley, executive director of National Community Action Foundation, for a one-day seminar on the "History of Community Action and the War on Poverty."

Wayne Metro Named "Top Workplace" by Detroit Free Press

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency (Wayne Metro) is one of 35 midsize organizations named to the "Top Workplaces 2015" list by the Detroit Free Press. Wayne Metro has 136 full-time employees, 136 part-time employees and an extensive group of dedicated service members and volunteers. With a budget close to $35 million per year, the agency operates more than 60 programs, including homeless and emergency services, community and economic development, crisis interventions, financial and asset development programs and youth and family services.

Executive Profile: Lori Offenbecher

The mistaken belief that people in poverty are there simply because of their own poor choices is not new, says Lori Offenbecher, who joined the Caro-based Human Development Commission (HDC) 26 years ago and became executive director in 2010. She saw it when she first joined the agency as a case manager for domestic violence services in the late '80s. Now, as the organization's leader, overseeing its services in Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac and Tuscola counties, she says the belief persists…

MCA Officers/Board Members

See newsletter for list of MCA officers and board members for 2015-2017.

Did You Know?

Only 10 percent of families served by MEAP through a CAA in 2014 returned for assistance in 2015, indicating the true value of the program: helping families get through a crisis and returning to self- sufficiency.


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