NEMCSA Program Updates

In an effort to prevent/contain the spread of the coronavirus, NEMCSA, along with many other organizations are cancelling and/or rescheduling community events. Visit for the most up-to-date information regarding the agency events. 
Thanks to everyone that participated in the Walk For Warmth- it was a very cold morning! The money collected from both events (West Branch & Virtual) will be used to help keep families warm in 6 different counties. 
Once every decade, the U.S. Census works to count every person living in the United States. Every Michigander needs to be counted because census numbers affect everyone in Michigan - including seniors, students, kids, parents, businesses and communities. Money allocated by the Census makes up a large portion of state budgets and goes to programs for under-served communities, including many people that participate with NEMCSA's many programs. 
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NEMCSA’s Early Childhood Services Director Tricia Grifka recently traveled to Washington, DC for the National Head Start Association’s Winter Leadership Institute. While in Washington, Tricia joined over 500 Head Start families, alumni and staff from almost all 50 states on Capitol Hill to speak with elected representatives about the positive impact Head Start has on so many families across the country and to encourage continued support for trauma initiatives.  Michigan Head Start Directors and staff met with Congressman John Moolenaar and staff for Senator Gary Peters and Congressman Andy Levin.
Pictured are Head Start Directors and staff representing Michigan: Alan Oman, Washtenaw ISD; MaDonna Princer and Joy Merlino, Head Start for Kent County; Sarah See, Community Action of Allegan County; Congressman John Moolenaar; Tricia Grifka, Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency, Inc.; Monica Easterling and Cheryl McFall, New St. Paul Head Start.
Thanks to Consumers Energy, more Northeast Michigan families will be able to keep the heat on in their home through the Warm Hearts, Warm Home campaign. Thanks for all you do!

Pictured Richard Castle, Community Affairs Manager of Northeast Michigan for Consumers Energy and Lisa Bolen, NEMCSA Executive Director.

Hunter's Harvest for Charity donated $1,500 to the NEMCSA Homeless Assistance Program. This will go towards providing housing supplies for formerly homeless families.

Thank you so much to the Hunter's Harvest for Charity for seeing the value in enhancing our services and all you've done for our community for the past 40 years!

Pictured - Victoria Purvis, NEMCSA Housing Supervisor and Jeff Clark, Hunter's Harvest Committee Member.

Meet NEMCSA's new Census Outreach Coordinator!  Kellie Wasikowski is excited to dive into the NEMCSA service area and work with communities for the 2020 Census count. She is looking forward to using her community engagement skills in NEMCSA’s core 11 counties to work towards a full Census count that maintains critical dollars in the region. To connect with Kellie- email or 989-358-4751
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Our Executive Director always shares a lot of great information, and this month's edition is no different.  

Read about the upcoming free dental workshop, many program updates including School Success, Early Childhood Services, the Weatherization program, and much more! 

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Are you 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.
  • Responding is secure, fast, and easy!
For more information, call 248-262-9222 or visit
A very, very cool thing is happening in May.  The Michigan Dental Association and the Michigan Dental Association Foundation recently announced its next statewide dental access program — the Michigan Mission of Mercy program, which will be held May 28 - 31, 2020 at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint. It is on a first come first served basis, there is absolutely no charge. Everything is donated including those of us who are doing pre-exam clearances.

There are a lot of people in our service are who need dental care. Let's spread the news to our clients and community members!  
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The Department of Health and Human Services has created a hotline that provides access to public health and other experts to answer health-related questions about COVID-19. This team can also direct residents and providers to the right resources in their local communities and in other state government departments.

Here is the COVID-19 hotline number for anyone who has any questions. 
Hotline: 1-888-535-6136
March 20th is International Day of Happiness, NEMCSA would like to share some love during this unprecedented time. As the World Health Organization advises regarding the pandemic, — be supportive, be careful and alert and respond in the kindest way that we can. We are truly in this together — let’s move forward with the best version of ourselves.

In the article written by Randy Tara, there are 7 ways to manager any fears associated with the Corona Virus.  Read the full article here

1. Take care of your body

Take care of your mind:

2. Avoid an obsession with media coverage

3. Make sure to connect, even while trying to avoid gathering.

4. Feel Your Feelings, and try not to catastrophize.

5. List what you can control and take action.

6. Make sure to keep your mind busy and positive

7. Remember, that just because the virus is spreading does not mean you will get it
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