Community Success Stories
At NEMCSA we know that when the right services are available at the right time, people can find a path out of poverty. We are honored to introduce you to some of the remarkable clients we have served, and to share their inspirational stories of hope and change.
A+ for Dedication and Effort!
Dale has been a student at Johannesburg Lewiston Schools for 10 years. Struggling academically through the years, he’s worked with a School Success Liaison since Kindergarten. He was held back twice due to incomplete school work. Dale was a happy kid who enjoyed coming to school but failed to get his work done. He had been labeled as lazy, but that didn’t stop his School Success Liaison, Kate, from stepping in and working with him, encouraging him that he could get it done. When Dale was presented with his next project for Social Studies (he was to research a country and for extra credit bring in a food item from that country), Kate met with Dale daily for several weeks to gather information on his country. After a lot of hard work and perseverance, Dale not only completed the project but turned it in on time- a first for him.
In addition, Dale stood in front of his class and presented his report and received an A+. This was a major accomplishment for a student who didn’t believe he was capable of completing a simple homework assignment, let alone a big class project. Dale was beyond proud of his achievement.
Perseverance Pays Off!
NEMCSA received an email inquiry from a woman explaining that she was the mother of two children who were disabled and wheelchair dependent. It read:
We currently have a homemade wood ramp which with Michigan winters is very unsafe. I was referred to this website to see about possibly applying for a grant to assist with a ramp. Any help would be greatly appreciated or a lead in the right direction.
This inquiry was sent to NEMCSA’s Contact email source, found on our website; email@example.com. Staff responded by forwarding it to NEMCSA’s Division Directors. Ultimately, through many staff efforts it landed into the right hands with NEMCSA’s Head Start Program where they provided the mother with contact information for a Michigan initiative that focuses on children with special needs. The mother applied and was denied, but staff didn’t give up and neither did the mom. Next a request to the Grayling Lions Club was made and an application for assistance was completed. This resulted in the building of a beautiful ramp. Through staff persistence and collaboration with partners, this family’s life has been strengthened and enhanced.