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Holy Cross Children's Services Receives Full Accreditation

Holy Cross Children's Services (HCCS) was notified today (12-23-09) that the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has issued a full three-year accreditation to the agency for all programs and sites. This new accreditation covers the agency from December 2009 to December 2012.

According to CARF, service providers accredited by CARF enjoy recognition among an international community of persons served, peer facilities, and programs for superior standards of care and excellence in outcomes. For consumers of services, it is assurance that the provider meets rigorous CARF guidelines for service and quality—a qualified endorsement that the provider conforms to nationally and internationally recognized service standards and is focused on delivering the most favorable results for consumers.

“This is simply great news and a wonderful early Christmas gift” according to Loren Brown, Executive Director of HCCS. “This accreditation affirms the commitment of our coworkers to providing the best possible services to children, youth and families. We are humbled to have the opportunity to serve those most in need and appreciate being recognized for our efforts to do so through quality services. I congratulate our coworkers and applaud their efforts!”

Holy Cross Children's Services has been providing services to Michigan’s children, youth and families for over 60 years and is headquartered in Clinton, Michigan.

Highfields’ Peck honored by MHBFSA

Highfields’ Peck honored by MHBFSA October 18, 2009 • From Ingham County Community News
ONONDAGA – Gillian (Jill) Peck, director of quality and program development at human services agency Highfields Inc., has earned the 2009 President’s Award from the Michigan Home-Based Family Services Association (MHBFSA). The award recognizes individuals, agencies or families for imnovative contributions to home-based counseling services.

Peck is the fourth Highfields employee to win the award. Other winners from Highfields were Clinical Director Tim Monroe, former CEO Carl Latona and administrative assistant Kris Koivu.

“Jill is a shining example of what makes Highfields so effective at working with at-risk youth and families – its people,” says Brian Philson, Highfields president and CEO.

The MHBFSA aims to strengthen families and communities through the advocacy, education and promotion of family-centered, home-based service delivery.

- From Highfields, Inc.

Giveaway at St. Vincent helps 400 local families

Brittany Smith - - July 29, 2009 • From Lansing State Journal

stvcclogoSt. Vincent Catholic Charities and the Detroit Pistons made life a little less stressful and a bit more brighter for about 400 families Tuesday morning.
Volunteers distributed 1,200 boxes of nonperishable food and personal hygiene items to families in financial need at St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Lansing.

Some of those items included macaroni and cheese, toilet paper, canned foods, shampoo and perfume.

"These are the days we live for," said Julie Reynolds, community relations and marketing director for St. Vincent. "Being able to share and help those in need is what it's all about."

The project was made possible by the Detroit Pistons organization, which raised $450,000 for Feed the Children, an international, nonprofit relief organization, during the Pistons Care Telethon in March.

The funds are being distributed to 25,000 needy families throughout Michigan this year, including Tuesday's stop in Lansing.

Women FORE! Women

vistamarialogoJoin Vista Maria Advisors, Lisa Sasaki, Bev Stovall, Kathy Aznavorian and Matt Hubbard, their colleagues and friends for a fun-filled day of golf and camaraderie to benefit the girls of Vista Maria at:

Women FORE! Women
4th Annual Charity Golf Invitational
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Fox Hills Country Club, Plymouth MI

Breakfast/Driving Range Opens at 10:00 a.m.
Shot Gun Start at 11:00 a.m.


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