Option 1: Walk in West Branch on February 15th
This is a family-friendly untimed walk which takes place in West Branch at Irons Park from 9am to 11am. Registration starts at 9am, and the mile walk will commence at 10am. 

Option 2: Virtual Walk any day in February
Everyone can participate regardless of health status or ability to travel to specific locations. After registering, you choose any day in February to participate in a walk. It can be outside, on a treadmill, at your local mall, literally anywhere.
Adult registration is $20 for either event. All proceeds assist families in Northeast Michigan facing utility shut-off notices.

When registering for this event- you can decide which county you want your donation to be applied. 
For more information visit today!

Or scan the QR code to direct you to the page with the registration links. 

Thanks in advance for sharing the info- let's see how many NEMCSA people can support this great cause! 
Register for West Branch Walk
Register for Virtual Walk

NEMCSA Program Updates

RSVP recently hosted a volunteer event in honor of MLK day. 330 home-bound residents received needed items in 3 NE Michigan counties. 53 volunteers literally made the lives a bit happier for these individuals. Still not convinced community service can make a difference in the lives of others? One recipient of this gift passed on a message to share..."I live alone with my animals and was surprised to find my gift. This made my day." No act of kindness is to small.

In the words of Dr. King himself, "Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve...You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."

For 25 years, our nation has celebrated the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday as a national day of service. Through your hours of service and volunteering, you have helped move us closer to the “Beloved Community” for which Dr. King worked. 

As the new Housing & Client Services Director, Alex Wisniewski is excited to build on NEMCSA’s long history of supporting the communities of Northeastern Michigan. Prior to joining the Housing & Client Services family, Alex spent his career in Human Resources at NEMCSA, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena, and the Alpena Biorefinery. He also spent many years teaching at Alpena Community College. In addition, he is the current President of the Northeast Michigan Human Resource Association. 

Alex holds undergraduate degrees from Alpena Community College and Grand Valley State University (Go Lakers!), as well as an MBA from Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!).

Alex enjoys spending time experiencing everything Northern Michigan has to offer with his family. He can often be found kayaking and fishing on the Thunder Bay river or hiking Michigan’s many miles of trails with his wife Kristen and their three year old son Weston.

Shout it out!!!! 

Our 11 county CoC is quickly converging on Functional Zero for our Veteran homeless population. Northeast and COOR counties claimed functional zero as of 11/30/2019!

What does this mean? This means that there are zero homeless vets in Northeast Michigan! 

Great job NEMCSA's housing team!

Read more about Functional Zero here

Emergency Food Distributions

Below are flyers for a few select locations. For the complete list, visit the agency Food Distribution calendar here
This week 9&10 News showcased NEMCSA's Foster Grandparent Program with an in-depth look at the impact in the schools.

"You can find three grandmas at Grayling Elementary school working with 3rd and 4th grade students. One is Grandma Barb who volunteers 30+ hours a week. “My role is to really be a grandma. Some of the kids don’t have grandmas some of them don’t have both parents and kind of fill that gap for them,” explains Barbara Selesky." 

Shout out to Heidi Powers, Foster Grandparent/Senior Companion Project Director, for the great story!  Read more and watch the video here

 Upcoming Classes: 

A Chronic Pain PATH Workshop is being offered at the Hale Senior Citizen Center starting on March 18, 2020. For more information or to register click here.

The six-week Chronic Pain PATH workshop could help you if you are struggling with any of these: arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia or any other pain conditions.

Get moving with some exercises and tips from the free A Matter of Balance workshop series is starting on March 18, 2020, at the Hale Senior Citizen Center. To register contact Brooke at 989.358.4616 or click link.

Fall Prevention is essential to living a healthy life. Staying healthy is important to live well and independently. A Matter of Balance workshop series is starting on March 18, 2020, the Hale Senior Citizen Center. To register contact Brooke at 989.358.4616 or click link.

Exciting things are happening within NEMCSA's School Success Partnership program!

Julie Benson, School Success Liaison at Hillman Jr/Sr High School helped to alleviate some of the stress that can accompany Exam Week.  

Jr High students, who usually don't get to engage in physical exercise during their lunch break because the gym is occupied used lassos, ribbon dance sticks and leap frog dots to get in some physical activity.

High school students Josh White and Kody Kalanquin get supplies from the School Success cart to help them get through exam week. Donations from area residents and the Hillman Lions Club enable Julie to provide healthy snacks to students who have a later lunch period than usual due to exams.

The Inland Lakes middle school students are given an opportunity to earn a field trip every quarter. To earn the trip, they must maintain a C average for their grades, have less than three tardies and have no disciplinary referrals. There were 72 students who earned the trip from 6th, 7th and 8th grade. This trip was to the Petoskey Winter Sports Park. The students were able to ice skate, sled and enjoy hot coca with snacks in the lodge. Inland Lakes Principal, Mrs. Fairbanks asked for School Success support and Lisa Ronk offered to participate.
Connecting students with needed resources is just one of the roles of School Success Liaisons. Julie Benson, School Success Liaison at Hillman Jr/Sr High School helped to connect one of her students with a much needed  resource by making a referral to Beth Michaels , Youth Career Advisor, at Michigan Works.

Cody Miller, student at Hillman High School student, poses with a new set of tires and a battery purchased through the MI Works/WIOA program. The car parts will enable Cody to get his vehicle on the road and have reliable transportation to a job. Cody is enrolled in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program at Alpena High School for 2 hours of his school day. He intends to pursue a career in Automotive Technology. 
For Your Information (FYI)

Heading South for the Winter? 

Make sure you count yourself as a Michigander in CENSUS 2020
  • Use the census ID code that arrives at your Michigan address to respond to CENSUS 2020.
  • If you don't, Michigan stands to lose billions in federal revenue for critical senior programs and much more over the next decade.
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For more information, call 248-262-9222 or visit

Donations Needed

NEMCSA's School Success Adult Ed liaison had a food and clothing pantry at the Habitat Restore in Alpena for her students. Recently, the  building burnt and all of her items did as well.

The pantry at habitat was well stocked and it was such a shame it was lost. If there are any items that can be donated- contact Lisa at 

Needed items to replenish the pantry: 

1.       Nonperishable food items including: Canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned soups & beans, Rice, noodles, spaghetti sauce, oatmeal, cereal, etc.

2.       Hygiene items: soaps, shampoos & conditioners, hair gels & spray, Deodorant, combs & brushes, Tooth paste & tooth brush, Dental floss, tampons & pads, razors & shaving cream

3.       Household goods: Toilet paper, towels, washcloths, Cleaning products, laundry soap & softener

4.       Male & Female Clothing: Winter coats & boots, socks, underwear, long underwear, sweatshirts, t-shirts

In addition to the items needed, there is also the need to find a space to store the items. If a business has an extra closet or small space close to the Michigan Works office in Alpena, and is willing to let School Success temporarily house their pantry items, please contact Lisa at

How can you support someone you know who has experienced trauma?

It is reported that 67% of us have experienced at least one Adverse Childhood Experience- that is trauma. Trauma can be inter-generational unless resolved.
Fifty-seven percent of Americans don’t have enough cash to cover a $500 unexpected expense, according to a new survey from Bankrate, which interviewed 1,003 adults earlier this month. What might be an annoying inconvenience to many can ruin the life of a person in poverty. 

The following excerpt comes from Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado. I actually read this book last year, and was blown away by this story and the many others like it.  

"I once lost a whole truck over a few hundred bucks. It had been towed, and when I called the company they told me they’d need a few hundred dollars for the fee. I didn’t have a few hundred dollars. So I told them when I got paid next and that I’d call back then."

Read full article here
January marks the beginning of the new calendar year, and a time to pause and reflect on the months that have passed. Our agency has so much to be proud of.

So from all of us to you...Happy New Year!
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