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January 2016 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

Michigan Community Action

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MCA Catalyst – January 2016

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Success Story: Monroe County

Monroe mom works to break cycle of generational poverty
Raised in subsidized housing, Jessica Hensley Smithers never considered herself a potential homeowner. "I'm the type of person that, unless you push me, I'll stay in my comfort zone," she says. She got the push she needed in 2009, while working part time at the Speckled Frog Learning Center in Monroe. Her boss offered all staff members the chance to attend a Bridges out of Poverty class at Monroe County Opportunity Program (MCOP). The class is a step-by-step guide for people living in poverty, highlighting the tools they need to gain self-sufficiency. Participants are given action plans to change their way of thinking in order to break the cycle of poverty…

CAA awards nominations due in March

MCA will host its annual Community Action Awards presentation April 28 as part of the annual Day at the Capitol event. All member agencies are invited to nominate an agency client and/volunteer for recognition. Winners receive an inscribed trophy and $100 gift card.

Veterans Services

Veterans' services address social, emotional and practical issues
Military personnel returning home from deployment often face social, emotional and psychological problems. The constant threat of attack, and perhaps witnessing the injuries and deaths of comrades, is not easily forgotten when a service person returns home. Post-traumatic stress disorder has been called one of war's "signature injuries." Returning veterans often need help making the adjustment to civilian life - finding counseling, jobs, housing and health care – see newsletter for more info about this issue and read the MCA Issue Brief om Veterans Services.

GCARD assistance to Flint residents recognized

"We're proud of Genesee County Community Action Resource Department's (GCARD) efforts to help bring water filters to Flint residents during the water crisis," says Kate White, MCA executive director. GCARD played an important logistical role, helping distribute nearly 10,000 water filters to residents in October after lead was discovered in the municipality's water supply. The department is also preparing to distribute replacement filters as the need arises.

Case Management Webinar

Webinar: Case Management 201 -- Part One and Two Coming Up
Presented by Courtney Kohl, Missouri Association for Community Action
Part one: January 20
Part two: January 27

Walks for Warmth 2016

Walk for Warmth events may surpass 2015 results
As volunteers gear up for 2016 Walk for Warmth events around the state, the success of 2015 encourages fundraising efforts. Last year $909,225 was raised in dozens of walk events to help low-income households stay warm. "It's exciting to think we could raise close to a million dollars this year," says Kate White, MCA executive director…

MCA staff member to offer ROMA training

Program and Policy Specialist Maddy Kamalay is entering the final phase of certification as a Results Oriented Management and Accountability trainer and is looking for opportunities to conduct the Introduction to ROMA training curriculum for member agencies...

NCAF Legislative Conference

Join colleagues March 15-18 in Washington, DC – more info.


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