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Proud Fathers help men learn to build nurturing relationships with their children

Proud Fathers help men learn to build nurturing relationships with their children

The supreme test of any civilization is whether or not it can teach men to become good fathers”- Margaret Mead.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME A Better Life for Judson Center Kids through Interior Design

Royal Oak, Michigan - With no hope, joy, or suitable family alternatives, abused and
neglected children often come to Judson Center's Residential Care program as a last
resort for a place to call home. Many of these children suffer from physical and
emotional scars as a result of their abusive environments. The International Interior
Design Association (IIDA) is helping Judson Center take steps toward making a
difference in the lives of these kids through Interior Design.

BluFish and Starr Commonwealth win at State public relation's awards ceremony

On Thursday April 27, ad agencies, pr firms and organizations gathered at the Kellogg Center on the campus of Michigan State University awaiting the outcome of the 2006 PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) Public Relations Awards. Starr Commonwealth, a leading child service organization and Midwest Children's charity was the big winner of 5 First Place Pinnacle Awards from 5 different entrant categories.

Senator Stabenow is guest at Alison House groundbreaking

After more than seven years of planning, development and HUD review, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan (LSSM) broke ground January 10 for the construction of Alison House, a 14-unit single level apartment building in Delta Township, just outside Lansing, for adults with physical disabilities. More than 70 persons attended the ceremony, followed by a reception in a heated tent.

Wedgwood Celebrates Opening Of Innovative Street School

(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) Jan. 10, 2005 Wedgwood Christian Services, an established provider of leading residential treatment and prevention programs for at-risk teens, is expanding its continuum of care with the opening of a unique street school targeting expelled youth. Wedgwood's Lighthouse Academy will welcome its first students on Jan. 24 at facilities offered within the United Methodist Community House (UMCH), 904 Sheldon Ave. SE., in downtown Grand Rapids. In addition to a classroom, students will have access to UMCH's auditorium and state-of-the-art computer lab.


Oakland County, MI Promise Village: Home for Children has been approved by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to receive a grant which will be used to study and research the feasibility of replicating the Promise Village early intervention program for abused, neglected and troubled children around the nation. The project is funded with a planning grant in the amount of $199,515.

Child & Family Services, Capital Area wins federal grant award

LANSING More than 250 Ingham County adolescents will be receiving substance abuse treatment services under terms of a federal grant just awarded to Lansing's Child & Family Services, Capital Area by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

High School Students Prepare For The World Of Work

HERSEY, MI. The program brings a whole new meaning to the phrase, "getting ready for work."
Ten students from Chi Ethridge's class at Chippewa Hills High School participated in the Michigan Works! Eagle Village Jumpstart program Nov. 20-22 at the Adventure Learning Center.

Governor's Council Awards Healthy Workplace.

Alpena Child & Family Services NE Michigan Inc. has received a Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports Silver Healthy Workplace Award on Monday, October 21, at the Lansing Center in Lansing. The Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports bestows the Healthy Workplace Award on companies with outstanding health and wellness programs. Businesses are recognized for initiating new programs and for long-term commitment to the health of their employees by establishing creative worksite health promotion programs with demonstrated success.

The Silver Award recognizes workplaces that have sustained participation or comprehensive programs in physical fitness, health and sports. Silver Award recipients must score at least 15 points in three categories on the wellness survey and have had programs in place for at least one year.

Child & Family Services NE Michigan Inc. has worked hard to promote a healthy workplace by identifying three main goals: to drink more water, to move more, and to eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day. On their bulletin board and within their newsletter, they promote information about nutrition, cholesterol reduction, stress management and physical fitness. They promote recipes by preparing and sharing with staff. They use incentives points in their programs for: attending a HeartNet Presentation, sharing recipes or health tips, attending membership meetings, preparing and sharing recipes, making preventive medical appointments, and for participating in exercise classes. At the end of each health awareness activity program, they award prizes to participants with the most points.

Contact: Linda Wieczorkowski (989) 354-8089