NEMCSA October News 

October is Head Start Awareness Month! 

This October, NEMCSA is honoring Head Start Awareness Month — an important opportunity to reflect on and appreciate this critical federal early learning program. 

For over 50 years NEMCSA has been committed to providing high-quality services to young children and families. Our services include: early childhood education, family engagement, health, mental health, nutrition, and support for children with disabilities. Early Head Start helps strengthen the relationships between parents and their children ages birth to three. Head Start and the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) prepare children with the necessary skills for a successful transition to kindergarten.

Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency offers public service training to address poverty

NEMCSA’s four Poverty Educators have been staying busy providing Bridges Out of Poverty trainings throughout Northeast Michigan. Since January, almost 600 people have went through the training, with many more scheduled over the next few months. On Monday, October 21st, NEMCSA provided an in depth five hour training to 67 Iosco County volunteers and residents. This extended session was funded through a grant from Iosco Community Foundation in partnership with Iosco Cares.

This month NEMCSA’s Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion volunteers also participated in the Bridges training in their last In-Service sessions. Participants walked away with a tools and techniques to help better serve those they spend time volunteering with.

“Very informative- I had many “aha” moments!”

“This presentation has opened my thinking in many ways about people living in poverty.”

“Amazing training for anyone serving the community.”
“Powerful Presentation and incredible amount of information. Thank you for providing resources to walk away with for reference.”

To find out more information or request a Bridges out of Poverty training email

Support NEMCSA While You Shop!


AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support NEMCSA programs and services every time you shop, at no cost to you!  When you shop at AmazonSmile you will find the exact same prices and selections as on, but with the added bonus of Amazon donating a portion of the purchase price directly to NEMCSA.  

Do you want to be the best Caregiver you can be?

The first step is taking care of yourself! Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves. See details below:
In this month's Executive Director's report, learn about
  • United Way Volunteers at Early
    Head Start
  •  School Success training and updates
  • School Budget Talks
  • Volunteer recognition,
  • Housing, Weatherization and Food Program updates and much more!
What a difference this Dramatic Play area has made on our nature-based playground at Omer ECC! Thanks to Bay Area Community Foundation for funding the building materials that allow Omer ECC to have the shelving and toys outside without being exposed to the elements. The children have been engaged in real-life scenarios from being a mom or dad to being a chef or librarian. Having a Dramatic Play space outdoors has allowed the children to grow and learn together using their imagination. The children and staff are grateful! Thanks again to Bay Area Community Foundation for making this vision a reality!
Would you or someone you know like to join the NEMCSA team? We have positions open at numerous locations. Employment Opportunities 
“My husband and I are divorced and live separately. Who counts our kids?”

The short answer is “Wherever the kids sleep on Census Day.” It’s a Wednesday this year, so whichever parent usually has the kids on a Wednesday night should count them. It seems simple, but it can get complicated pretty quickly — i.e. “If our kids are visiting my parents on April 1st, do they get counted at their grandparents’ house?” No, they get counted at the home where they would usually sleep on Wednesday, April 1.

Learn more about the Census here
Are you a Veteran? Do you offer services to Veterans? Then join us for the next Veteran Resource Meeting!

Date: November 5
Time: 10am-1pm
Where: Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center 500 W Fletcher St., Alpena
Why: To share resource information, to network, collaborate and educate each other to better serve our Veteran community. 
Register: online

NEMCSA receives $10,000 from Huntington Bank to launch a new program in Northeast Michigan

Thanks to the generosity of Huntington Bank, Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency (NEMCSA) is ready to launch the new SOAR initiative program in northeast Michigan.  Read more about the SOAR Initiative here. 

Chemical Bank has donated $2,500 to Northeast Michigan Community Services as part of the 2019 Literacy Program

Thanks to Chemical Bank’s donation to Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency, NEMCSA, more individuals will be given the services tools they need to succeed. Read more about the 2019 Literacy Program here

October 30th was Weatherization Day! 

What Is It?

The Weatherization Assistance Program is free to low-income home owners and renters. Services provided reduce energy use and lower utility bills.

Why Should I Apply?

According to national studies, households that receive weatherization services can expect heating costs to be reduced up to 25 percent. As fuel costs continue to rise, even greater savings will result.

Learn more here. 

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