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August 2017 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

Michigan Community Action


MCA Catalyst – August 2017
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MCA Summer conference recap

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  • Changing the homeless narrative
  • Two-generation approach, bundled services help CAAs improve results
  • Finding, training, maintaining CAA boards takes organization
  • Emerging leaders in Community Action recognized
  • Budget debates, partisanship create drama in D.C.

New NEMCSA Senior Corps RSVP program serves 3,000 more

Approximately 3,000 additional people in Northeast Michigan will have access to supportive services thanks to a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) that expanded Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency’s (NEMCSA) Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).  With the more than $120,000 grant, senior citizen volunteers will increase the social support and independent living of 370 homebound and disabled individuals, increase the food security of 2,500 individuals visiting food pantries, provide nonemergency transportation to 150 individuals, mentor more than 125 elementary schoolchildren and make telephone reassurance calls to 100 people (per year).  CNCS distributed more than $5.3 million in RSVP grants.

Art Fenrick featured in Herald Palladium story

Art Fenrick has dedicated his life to service, The Herald Palladium
Art Fenrick’s adult life has been one of service.  He served 20 years in the Air Force, during which he realized that he wanted to serve his community when he returned to civilian life.

He has been executive director of the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency since 1999. Its purpose is “to assist people in economic need and enable individuals in Southwest Michigan to achieve and sustain self-sufficiency while respecting their diversity.”

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  • Lead hazard control services grants available
  • Professional development opportunity for eligible CAA staff – MCA CCAP Study Group

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The majority of funding for homelessness and housing services provided by Community Action Agencies (CAAs) comes from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority...

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