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June 2016 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

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MCA Catalyst – June 2016

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CAA helps parents of children with cystic fibrosis find balance

With two young children with cystic fibrosis, Sara and Tim Enszer of Midland faced daily challenges providing care to their children, including occasional hospital stays.  The family turned to Mid Michigan Community Action Agency's (MMCAA) Head Start program to receive weekly home visits and ongoing evaluation of the children's speech and motor skills.  The Enszers received practical support, training for emergency situations, and budgeting time and resources for their children's needs…

The Enszers were among five individuals or families honored from across the state during the annual Michigan Community Action Awards Ceremony held at the Capitol in Lansing in April. The awards are presented to clients who overcame economic and social challenges.

Reducing lead, creating healthy homes

MCA joins the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) in calling on local Community Action agencies to join the effort to empower families to create the healthiest home possible during National Healthy Homes Month…

Partner agencies are being asked to participate by promoting NHHM activities on social media, hosting programs and activities that enhance public awareness of home health and safety hazards, and distributing marketing materials prepared by OLHCHH.  NHHM is committed to providing a deliberate, coordinated and holistic approach to creating healthy and safe homes.

See National Healthy Homes Month Toolkit for further background information and marketing materials.

MCA supports MEAP renewal

Fostering self-sufficiency is at the heart of Michigan Community Action's support for legislation that ensures low-income residents will continue to rely on the Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP).  MEAP legislation was recently renewed, ensuring that low-income households will continue to have access to the program…

Community Action agencies are resources for nursing mothers

Community Action Agencies can serve as a resource for clients who need to obtain support from their employers for breastfeeding.  MCA is partnering with the Michigan Breastfeeding Network in its campaign to raise awareness and support for breastfeeding women in the workplace.  Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, businesses with more than 50 employees are required to provide break time to nursing mothers separate from their regular breaks.  Businesses are also required to provide nursing mothers with a private location other than a restroom for the expression of milk…

Collaboration harnesses collective energy, gets results

Given the many issues affecting low-income people in Michigan - including access to affordable energy, safe and affordable housing and in-home services for Michigan's seniors - Michigan Community Action gets involved in a number of statewide coalition efforts working to advance specific issues.  Our involvement in state coalitions aligns well with the new national Community Action goals proposed earlier this year – see newsletter to continue reading this article by Kate White, MCA Executive Director.

Other Items

  • MCA 2016 summer conference to be held July 19-21
  • Community Action employee celebrates 50 years of service
  • Catalyst survey results generate positive feedback

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