Parenthood is hard enough, imagine living in a homeless shelter, not knowing where your newborn baby will sleep. Fortunately, NEMCSA was able to secure the family a four bedroom rental to come home to after the birth of the family’s newest addition – Julian. With a safe and clean home, both Mom and Julian are thriving and look forward to their future as a family.
Food Assistance Story
Tarin, Housing Specialist, started working with a single mother of three. With a custody battle lingering, food assistance was out of reach. Tarin was able to immediately connect with our Client Services Food Coordinator, Tammy Dean, and take food to the rental unit of the family.
Ken has had an extremely rough go for months, but his luck started to change when a team of community members came together to give him the help that he needed! He was successfully housed and with the help of our agency and other community/agency partners he is on a full road to self-sufficiency.
She was seen walking the streets, homeless, with aching feet. Summer never expected to become homeless. However, soon after reloacting to a new town she fell on some extreme hard times resulting in a separation from her husband. She and her two kids eventually ended up homeless. After meeting with a NEMCSA caseworker, she was provided with the tools and resources to eventually provide her and her children with housing. She even became employed! Through this tumultuous time, remaining positive and grateful for the assistance provided a great example for her kids. Now, she is still working, and her children are on the honor roll, loving school, and having a blast participating in extracurricular activities.
Foster Grandma Story
Although struggling with many years of depression, On the bulletin board was a letter that was going to change her life... It was a letter from NEMCSA asking for Senior Volunteers and Foster Grandparents at the schools. "I didn’t know how that day was going to change my life even more dramatically for the better. I feel like I am a contributing member of society again and feel like I am making a difference in children’s lives every day!"
School Success Story
“Without the School Success Partnership it would have been nearly impossible to overcome these hurdles we have jumped through!”
Crawford County RSVP volunteer, Terry Tody, was recognized at the Michigan Community Action (MCA) Awards in Lansing for her extraordinary volunteer service with the Crawford County Community Christian (CCCC) Help Center, Mt. Hope Lutheran Church, and the RSVP Advisory Council.
Teenage Mom's Story
"The day I found out I was pregnant with my little girl at fourteen years old was the day I thought my life was over. In reality it was just beginning. My goals are little, but they take a lot for me. I am going to graduate while raising my daughter and working part time. I am going to be attending the fall for Criminal Justice and going after being a corrections officer. I would not have made it this far if it wasn’t for the School Success Program. She pushed me from 8th grade all the way to 12th grade and never gave up on me once or closed the door on me and I can’t thank her enough for that."
Head Start mom so impacted by preschool program, now enrolled in college to become a teacher! Christy was not excited when she was asked to volunteer in her son’s classroom. She didn’t feel she was good with kids. Yet, over time, she started to LOVE being in the classroom. “I learned a lot, saw a lot, and my son was succeeding!” The NEMCSA Head Start teacher noticed the impact Christy was having in the classroom, and mentioned to her that she was there as much as the teacher. This statement ignited a spark! Christy is currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s program studying elementary education, hoping to impact children (and their parents’) lives as much as the Head Start program impacted hers!