Agency Stories

August 31, 2016 - 3:32am -- sysop

 

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION
 

A couple (identified by their initials) attended our 2nd Session of LIVEWISE and visited our Alzheimer’s Café. The wife has also taken a Creating Confident Caregivers class (provided in conjunction with UPCAP), and regularly attends our Negaunee Caregiver Support Group.  These are their stories about their experience at LIVEWISE:


    I came to the Y LIVEWISE because my wife registered us.  Because of my COPD, I can’t exercise a lot and walking the gym is the best.  The machines are hard to use.  I like to listen to the group and share laughter.  Because I am not a talker, listening is my thing.
–RI
    Years ago I came to the West End Y to exercise the right way and to lose weight. There I learned to exercise the right way and to stick with losing weight. This time when I visited, instead of losing weight, I gained friends that cannot be replaced.  I look forward to seeing them each week as we enjoy sharing laughter and friendship. LIVEWISE has helped me learn that, as a caregiver I am not alone. That there are resources out there for both of us. That laughter is the best medicine and a cup of coffee tops it off.  Wonderful program.
-MI

Alzheimer's Association
Contact information
:
Alzheimer's Association
309 S. Front St, #233
   Marquette, MI  49855
   906.228.3910
   906.228.2455 Fax


 

AMCAB

Sunny

Sunny is a wonderful 90 year old woman who has been receiving Meals on Wheels for the last five years.  In August, Sunny’s regular Meal Driver was out sick and our Food Service Manager, Brenda, was delivering that route for the day.  When Brenda arrived at Sunny’s apartment, there was no answer so she opened the door and called out “Meals on Wheels” and saw Sunny struggling to get up from the couch using her walker.  Sunny’s left side seemed to keep collapsing back down to the couch and Sunny seemed frustrated and concerned and was unable to get a coherent sentence out.  Brenda recognized the signs of a stroke and said, “Sunny, I think you are having a stroke.”  Brenda then helped her settled back on the couch, called 911, then called Sunny’s daughter, and then our office.  Brenda stayed with her and comforted her until her daughter arrived.  Sunny was hospitalized for a short period, moved to an assisted living facility while undergoing rehab, and then moved into a senior living complex where she continued on Meals on Wheels until she passed away in January.  Thanks to Meals on Wheels, Sunny’s stroke was discovered very early and she got the help needed as soon as possible and was able to live out her life still independent.


 

AMCAB
Contact Information:
AMCAB
1125 Commerce Drive
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: (906) 228-6522 or (800) 562-9762
Fax: (888) 906-7488


 

Bay Cliff

As a young teenager, Elizabeth Fleury is beginning to take charge of her life.  She doesn't let a physical disability like cerebral palsy stand in her way.  She credits the therapy she has received in her 9 summers at Bay Cliff Health Camp in helping her achieve her goals.  "Here, at camp, everything is therapy, " says Liz.  "Walking and running have become easier for me.  I can associate with others better; I'm not afraid to speak up anymore.  I enjoy the Teen Program at camp.  There's more responsibility, more freedom, and also my first real job!"

Her parents, Jill & Robert, have seen the changes over the years in Liz's physical abilities and her confidence.  "My expectations for Liz at Bay Cliff have always been met, plus some pleasant surprises," commented Jill.  "Liz is doing so much more for herself now.  She makes her own lunches and can do her own personal care.  Her confidence has blossomed.  She advocates for herself now at the high school and sets up meetings with her teachers.  At camp last summer she learned she could be good at public speaking!  Who would have thought!"

Bay Cliff

Contact Information:
Bay Cliff Health Camp
N4175 County Road KCA
P.O. Box 310
Big Bay, MI 49808
Phone:(906) 345-9314
Fax: (906) 345-9890


 

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Tyler is seven years old and lives with his mom, grandma and brother.  He comes from a home where there was domestic violence and he has never had contact with his father.  He had trouble at school because he was using bad language was getting into fights.  His teacher said he holds a great deal of feelings inside and feels unwanted and not worthy.  He loves to be outside and play football, even in the winter.

Tyler is matched with Bill.  Tyler told our Program Manager, Laura, “Bill likes to do manly things with me, like cutting firewood and snowmobiling.”

Bill said they have tapped trees, gone snowmobiling, they ride tractors and mini bikes. They also cut firewood and have built a few things in the garage. 

Bill sometimes picks up Tyler from the school bus.  When Tyler sees Bill’s truck, he gets so excited and runs to Bill.  Bill told Laura that almost makes him cry, it makes him so happy.  Since being matched, Tyler’s behavior has improved!  He no longer uses inappropriate language at school and is getting A’s and B’s!

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Contact Information:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette & Alger Counties, Inc.
101 S. Pioneer Ave., Suite 3
Negaunee, MI 49866
(906) 475-7801 Phone
(906) 475-7443 Fax
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Boy Scouts

Camp Hiawatha has been located just outside of Munising, MI and has served Scouts ages 7 to 20 for over 40 years. It not only serves Scouts from Marquette and Alger County but all over the state, and even some Scouts from Wisconsin. It is a beautiful 800 acre camp located on Bunting Lake. Camp Hiawatha has not only shaped the lives of the campers who have been there, but also the staff who work there. 


We had one Scout from a Troop in Marquette this past summer who didn’t know how to swim when he arrived at camp.  He was a very young Scout, and it was his first time away from his family for a whole week. At the beginning of the week he was very shy and wouldn’t really talk to many adults or other Scouts. He was very nervous when he arrived at camp and had to take his swim check right away.  
Some of the older lifeguards caught on to his nervousness right away and convinced him to give the beginners test a try. He didn’t pass the test; however, the lifeguard comforted him and encouraged him to come down for the "Learn to Swim Program". He ended coming down to the waterfront every afternoon all week, so the staff could help teach him how to swim. Not only did he learn to swim by the end of the week, he had passed the swim check, and wasn’t as shy anymore.  He even participated in his Troop skit in front of the whole camp at the end of the week. 


He came away with many other life skills, and some that may save his life, or that of someone else.  I know he can’t wait to come back next summer, and wants to be on staff when he is old enough. This is just one of many stories about the Scouting program has helped change a life. Scouting isn’t just about getting kids outdoors and teaching them camping skills, it is more than that, much more than that.  It is about building character, teaching leadership skills, and creating model citizens. It’s about preparing them for life!

Boy Scouts

Contact Information
Bay-Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America
2555 Northern Road
PO Box 267
Appleton, WI  54912-0267
P: (920) 734-5705 / F: (920) 734-1991

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Cancer Care

 

Testimonials from website:

"You will never know how much your generosity has meant to me and my family and how it has helped."
"Want to thank you so much for the help you have given us in hospital costs, rooming and all. It is deeply appreciated."
"Thank you so much for the money you gave to us to help with out stay at Mayo Clinic. I really don't know what we would have done without it. Thanks again, I'll never forget your kindness.
"We are grateful, again, for your continual support and caring."
"We were totally shocked by your generosity. How does a simple "thank you" express the gratitude that we feel? It doesn't, but the worry has been lifted- thanks to you. We will never forget your kindness."

 

Contact Information
Website: Cancer Care
Phone:(906) 485-2156

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Catholic Social Services

To Whom it May Concern:
 This is in regards to the care and treatment that I have received from Catholic Social Services in Marquette,MI. I have been a client there since September 2013. I had just relocated here from the Lower Penninsula at a difficult time with no income and in serious need of treatment.
I had already been told by a different establishment that they could not facilitate my needs, so I continued my search and found CSS. They were more than able and willing to help, I was able to get in quickly and begin the process.
 Everyone from the receptionist,the person who handled my intake process,and most certainly my counselor,took exceptional care of me. They assured my rights and privacy were of upmost importance and made me feel incredibly welcome in the most sincere way.
It is very uplifting to know that there are organizations like CSS for people in need. I feel incredibly blessed to have found such caring people who handle their jobs professionally but still with a great deal of humanity.
Thank you for taking the time to read this statement. God Bless.

 

Contact Information:
Catholic Social Services
347 Rock Street
Marquette, MI 49855
phone: 906.227.9119
fax: 906.228.2469
 

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Child and Family Services

   

The client was a middle aged woman with an adolescent son.

She was provided individual counseling for a period of time. She struggled with anger management issues, substance abuse issues and problems related to abuse. She had lost her job because of substance abuse problems. Eventually her son went into foster care because of neglect toward him.

She was involved in treatment but relapsed. She completed treatment and returned home. Her son went back home but returned to foster care when she relapsed. She went through treatment again.

She has now been sober for two years and her son is back home. He is a senior in high school and doing well. She has been able to stay sober and has done well with parenting. He is about to graduate from high school and a relative has promised him a good job when he finishes school.

 

Child & Family Services
Contact Information
706 Chippewa Square,
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone:(906) 228-4025

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Dial Help

A caller had been struggling with thoughts of suicide for five years when he contacted Dial Help, and was at serious risk of committing suicide.  He had recently been experienced several significant stressors which included a pending divorce, suddenly becoming a single parent, medical issues, and lack of health insurance.  Dial Help connected him with resources for counseling and with an agency that could possibly help him obtain medical insurance.  Dial Help also made arrangements with the caller to continue to reach out to him via telephone for additional support and assistance and to help ensure that he was able to make contact with and receive the follow-up services he desired and needed.  Dial Help re-contacted him a total of five times.  In the end, he did begin seeing a mental health professional and obtained medical insurance.  At the conclusion of our interactions with the caller, he was in a much better place, felt hopeful again, and reported that he was no longer struggling with a desire to end his life.

 

 

 

Dial Help
Contact Information
Helpline: (906) 482-HELP (4357)
U.P. Toll Free Helpline: (800) 562-7622
24/7 Victim Services (866) 661-5589
Instant Messaging Access
Text Us: (906) 35-NEEDS (63337)
Physical location and mailing address:
Dial Help, Inc.
609 Shelden Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931
Dial Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Business: (906) 482-9077
TTY: (800) 749-5870
Fax: (906) 482-2502

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Girl Scouts

We interviewed 8 year old, Isabella (Bella) Forslund of Brownie Troop 5055. Bella is in her 4th year of Girl Scouts.

1. What do you like about being a Girl Scout?      

I like doing activities with all of my Girl Scout family. Like going to camp, community service projects-"Spread the Bread" where we bake cookies and different breads for our local heroes. My favorite part of that was bringing bread to DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans. My great grandfather lives there and he got to enjoy the baked goods.

2. What are some examples of things you have done in scouting?

 I love that our troop makes Red Cross Comfy Kits for Marquette County. These are plastic bags filled with “basic essentials” that the Red Cross gives out when there is a fire, flood, and anytime someone finds they cannot go home because of a disaster.  We make bags for adults, teens, kids, and babies. They are gender specific too. Example of what is in a bag: shampoo, conditioner, body wash or soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, razor, shaving cream, a comb, washcloth, baby blanket. Diaper, bottle, a little toy or activity thing for the kids, and whatever else we get donated or buy. I also like the cookie program time so I can earn the troop money to help fund things we do.

With my troop, I have cleaned up the bike path from McDonalds in Harvey to Prince of Peace church; helped place flags on Veterans graves; planted and took care of flower beds in Harvey US41/M28 intersection. We have done this for the last 2 years and will keep doing it every year.

I also loved going to the History Museum and helping to plan the Princess Party with a Purpose.

Our field trip to the airport to see Pilot Captain Judy really something. She encourages girls to follow their dreams. She always wanted to learn to fly a plane and she finally did it when she was an older adult. She now flys all over the world encouraging kids to stay in school and to follow their dreams.

3.  Any favorites?

Going to Lambeau Field in Green Bay  for the Girl Scout 100th Birthday Party in 2012 and going camping for the first time.Going to camp with Girl Scouts was my first time camping and I went without my mom! I loved learning how to whittle wood, make a fire, and being with all the different girls from the area.

I also did a recording of the Girl Scout cookie PSA for the radio. It was fun and I liked everything about the radio station.

4. Do you have anything you wants to do in the future with Girl Scouts?

Travel!  I want to Mackinac Island, Washington, D.C., and Savannah, GA. I can't wait until I’m old enough to go on the out of state trips. I want to go camping lots more and do more community service projects. Now I have been looking up the Grand Canyon on the Internet and she want to go with Girl Scouts there.

 

 

Contact Information
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
3020 U.S. 41 West, Suite 321
Marquette, MI
Toll-free number 888.747.6945
Fax 920.734.1304
Email: customerservice@gsnwgl.org

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Great Lakes Recovery Centers
 

Bridges Program:

 

Participant Testimonial
“When I first went to Bridges, I was like, “This is boring. What's the point?” After a while though, I started looking forward to seeing the people that I met there.  They were so happy to see me.  At first, I was only doing things for them because I had to.  After a while, I was happy to help out.  It was fun.  It taught me to be patient.  It taught me that it feels good when somebody wants you around and counts on you.  It’s a great project.”
-Youth Residential Services Client, Age not given

Participant Profiles
S, Age 16
Her addiction started at the age of 13 with occasional pot smoking and drinking.  Over time, it progressed to use of heroin and other opiates.  She didn’t know how she would ever live in recovery; the thought was inconceivable and depressing.  She attempted suicide twice.  When she showed up to school high while on probation, she was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention facility.  She was given an opportunity to transfer to Great Lakes Recovery Centers where she says her recovery really started.  She learned tools to cope with stress and to deal with her addiction.  She took part in activities that gave her a natural high.  The BRIDGES program taught her patience and how good it feels to help others.  While at GLRC, she caught up in school.  She is set to graduate and is looking at colleges.
T, Age 17
T started using substances when he was only 12.  At 14 he was sent to GLRC for treatment when he violated his probation.  He was admitted and discharged from the program for disciplinary violations repeatedly.  During his latest stay, he attended BRIDGES and was taken aback by how accepted he was by the adult participants.  They didn’t know or didn’t care that he had been in and out of treatment and trouble since elementary school. Nobody looked at him with suspicion because he’d been arrested for manufacturing crystal meth.  GLRC gave him a second chance and helped him realize that he deserved it.  They gave him the tools to live a better life and he’s decided now, after all the mistakes, to use them to become the man he knows he can be.  

   

 

 

Contact Information
Great Lakes Recovery Centers
97 S. Fourth Street, Suite F
Ishpeming, MI 49849
(906) 485-2347 Fax (906) 486-1150

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Habitat for Humanity

In September of 2011, Jenny and Will Schiefel were sent a pre-application package. Their family consisted of two children, nine year old son and four year old daughter. They were living in Gwinn and wanted to remain in the area if possible. Fortunately, we had the land available.
The Schiefel family met the Habitat income guidelines, were sent the full application packet, and returned within days ready to go! Our Family Selection Committee met with the Schiefel’s for a home visit, which is part of the process for selecting a family for the program. During the visit the family shared their concerns with their living arrangements, some of which had to do with the status of the apartment, location and children’s safety.
The Schiefel family was presented to the Executive Board after the recommendation was made by the Family Selection Committee to select them for our program.

After a long building season, the Schiefel Family moved into their new home on September 27, 2013. They were so grateful to the Habitat Program for helping them with a hand up – not a hand out. During the building season Jenny found that their family would be growing as she was expecting their third child. This growing family will now know the joy of living in a new home in a wonderful neighborhood and be safe and secure in their own yard!
 

 

Contact Information
Marquette County
Habitat for Humanity

PO Box 213
1027 N. Third St.
Marquette, MI 49855

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Janzen House

The number one thing I am grateful for is my sobriety. I came into the Janzen house with a year and five months and being here for four months has helped me stay sober. Not only because one of the rules is no drinking while in the shelter, but it did help. The people that work here have an occupation to provide rules, regulation and to oversee it. They have to be that way in order to run a place like this. It has helped me keep on track. Since coming here I have gotten a good job, went from working every other day to working every day. I am going to collage for a computer degree. I am happy to be at a place that is here to help people who want the help to better themselves. I was hoping to get a room when one opens up and keep bettering myself and try to keep up the good work I am succeeding to do. If not for the Janzen house I maybe in jail or in the hospital or drunk or dead who knows. I have just found out on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 I got pulled for mishda for housing assistance for an apartment.

 

Contact Information
Janzen House
146 W Spring St Marquette, MI 49855‎
(906) 226-2271

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Lake Superior Hospice

Hope: A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.  Hope is what Lake Superior Hospice offers to those in our care.  Hope of not being in pain, hope of being at home, hope of having significance until the last moments of our lives, and hope of being surrounded by loved ones as the last breath is taken.  But what if all of your family wasn’t able to be with you for reasons that were out of your control? This is the story of Ann.

Ann’s one wish was to see her son one last time before she died.  A simple request for most but Ann’s son resides in a correctional facility in another state.  Ann was too sick to make the drive to see him and there was no possibility that he would be able to travel to see his mother. Our hearts went out to Ann and we knew we had to do something. Our staff decided to contact the correctional facility and explain the situation.

After many discussions, an agreement was made that Ann would be able to video chat with her son. Our Social Workers joined forces and tracked down the equipment that was needed and scheduled a test run before the real video chat would take place. Several attempts were made and were unsuccessful.  Two days later our staff returned to Ann’s home this time with technical support. Today was the day Ann would be able to see her son again. After numerous calls and attempts it was determined that the equipment Lake Superior Hospice was using was not compatible with the system the correctional facility was using.  Ann was able to talk on the telephone with her son and hear his voice but still had hope that she would be able to see him again.

Our Social Workers received a call days later from the correctional facility stating that this particular request had made its way all the way to the Governor’s office! If the family had an IPhone Ann would be able to FaceTime with her son.  Thanks to technology, Ann was able to see her son one last time before she died.  The heaviness that Ann felt in her heart was quickly replaced with tears of joy and a smile that could light up the sky. It was a connection unlike any other. Not only was Ann able to hear her son’s voice but she was able to see him say he loved her one last time. The joy Ann radiated brought tears to the eyes of everyone that was able to witness the love that was shared between a mother and her son.         


Contact Information

Lake Superior Hospice
914 W. Baraga Ave,
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: 906-225-7760
Fax: 906-225-7765

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Lutheran Social Services

 

What the Welcome Home Program has done for me:

When I met Sarah, I was living between my car and small corner in my friend's basement. Eventually, I was able to sleeping in a small room on bunk beds with four other women in the local women's shelter. I kept moving around, I felt like I didn't belong anywhere. I had no idea where I was going to go when my 90 days in the shelter there were up. That's when an advocate at the shelter helped me find the Welcome Home Program, and it was a HUGE blessing to be able to have a friend like Sarah who believed I had more to give to the world than how I actually valued myself before I had such a great opportunity. I am blessed to have someone who not only helped me find affordable housing, but helped me take care of an outstanding tuition bill, help me move, help me rediscover my faith in God, help me find outpatient counseling to help me through a traumatic time, and be there for me overall to help with everyday things. She is constantly doing things to make a significant difference in changing my life for the better. Sarah Fogaroli and the WHP is a great asset to this community, and I plan to pay it forward in any way possible when my time comes to lend a hand like she has for me.

I wish the best for the Welcome home program, and I hope that the surrounding community continues to support LSS.

Thank you again; I can't thank you enough for all you've done, Sarah!

- A single mom

Contact Information

Lutheran Social Services
Marquette, MI
1029 N. Third Street
Marquette, MI 49855
(877) 994-8344

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Lake Superior VIllage Youth & Family Services

When I first moved to Lake Superior Village, I was kind of a wild kid; but when I came to the Youth and Family Center, everyone was awesome and nice. I’ve made a lot of new friends, and I’ve also made friends with the staff members, too. My grades have really been improving since I’ve started doing homework here.
I started kayaking with the Youth and Family Center. After three years, I got really good at it and eventually I was helping people out and became a Kayak Youth Leader. Kayaking and helping other people made me more mature, made me become more of an adult.
Before coming here I was kind of an average kid, kind of an antsy kid. I was going to the office all the time and was kind of rude to teachers and everything. But then when I started coming here it made me more mature and increased my confidence and gave me more opportunities. The Youth and Family Center really has changed my life and made me a better person, not only at school, but at home and everywhere.
 

 

Contact Information
Lake Superior Village Youth & Family Services
1901 Longyear Avenue
Marquette, MI  49855
906.228.3771

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Marquette Adult Day Services

“From the moment she gets on the bus until she returns at 5:30, my mother receives the utmost care.  I have stopped in at Adult Day Services at various times and all the clients seem to be engaged and enjoying themselves.  All the staff call the clients by name, looking them in the eye and treating them with respect.  Ma is not sitting around, falling asleep, while I do housework.  She is with other folks her own age and is having the time of her life!  She is very upset if she has to miss going.  It is the highlight of her week.”

“Everyone has been so kind and personable.  I LOVE this service and the wonderful people who work here!  The program allows me to run errands, knowing my Dad is in a safe place.  You folks have been a godsend.”

“I know she is going to a safe place and having fun.  She really enjoys the field trips and activities.  My wife gets more exercise and is sleeping better.”

“Thank you so much for all you do to keep my mother-in-law active and involved.  She is always chuckling as she gets off the bus.  I can rest assured that this has been a very good experience for her.  In fact, at the supper table, she and my 6 year old grandson are vying for the floor to tell us about their day!”

 

 

 

Contact Information
Marquette Adult Day Services
305 W. Magnetic St.
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: 906 226-2142
info@marquetteadultdayservices.com

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Negaunee Senior Center

Our Bridging the Generational Gap program enriches the lives of our senior citizens and student workers every day. Here’s one way it happened in 2014.

Pioneer Days—At the Negaunee Senior Citizens Center, Pioneer Days is the busiest time of year. For that week of celebration in our community, no one gets time off. For our student workers, this is often the first time they’ve worked a full workweek … or an 8 hour day, for that matter. It’s an adventure for us all.

We average about 200 people through the door, between our daily breakfast customer, class reunions, special group reunions (Cornishtown, Iron Plat, Miners Groups), luncheons, Senior Appreciation Day activities and more.

The fun is when the student workers get to hear the stories of the senior citizens from when they went to high school. The kids are enthralled with the tales of how things used to be, how things have changed, and how much they have in common with the clients that are at the other end of the age spectrum. Our clients also delight in sharing their historical knowledge with the students. It’s a win-win.


 

 

Contact Information
Negaunee Senior Center
410 Jackson St.
Negaunee, MI 49866
Phone: 906 475-6266

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Propylon

I am so grateful to be introduced to the Independent Care Services program because it has helped me when I couldn’t financially cover my needed care.   We didn’t have this type of help where I lived in Detroit.  I have received help with getting my life alert system, my medical alert bracelet and my lift chair.  The program has allowed me to get needed transportation, medical and personal care items.  

I didn’t know I could get help like this until I moved here.  The program has lessened the financial burden on my limited fixed budget.   Thank you for all you help.
 

Contact Information
Propylon
1500 Norway Ave
Marquette, Michigan 49855
Phone: 906 228-4446

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Room at the Inn

Carol came to the Room At The Inn homeless shelter over a year ago.  Her relationship had failed, and it was that relationship that provided her with housing.  With no income, no job, and no place to live, she turned to her community’s homeless shelter.  She had lost custody of her daughter because she had no place to live.  Her driving goal was to reclaim her independence and get an apartment for her and her daughter.  During her time in the shelter she received help in getting the prescriptions she needed and making a connection for her with Pathways, finding a job, and completing the housing application process.  While Room At The Inn assisted her with each of these challenges, it was her own ambition to reach her goal that ultimately determined her success.  She now has her own apartment that she shares with her daughter, and she is gainfully employed.

Contact Information
Room at the Inn
347 Rock Street
Marquette, MI 49855
906-227-9171
Email: heather@roomattheinn.org

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Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)


Clients of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program's Non-Emergency Medical Transportation program depend on volunteer drivers to get to their medical appointments.  Betty, who calls RSVP for rides about four times a year, said the program fills "a vital need in our area due to age, health problems, weather and availability of drivers.  We need to continue -- it's a valuable asset."

John and his wife Ann also use the program frequently, and said without the help of volunteer drivers they would have to take taxis to medical appointments, which would "cost them a mint."

In FY 2014, 44 volunteer drivers took 190 unique senior clients over the age of 60 to 1,125 medical appointments.

Contact Information
RSVP
Aging Services
215 W. Hematite Drive
Ishpeming, MI  49849
906-485-1782 or 906-485-1742
Fax: 906-485-1713

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Salvation Army - Ishpeming

The client I am writing about today is a young girl who found herself in a bad situation and didn't know where or who to turn to. She had a small daughter and didn't have any form of indentification because she had left her home town in a heated family argument and was not allowed to return. When she came in to our office she was very upset and was not able to get services through the usual channels because of lack of identification. We were able to help her get some groveries and basic needs products for her and her daughter. I am very proud to say I work at the Ishpeming Salvation Army and extremely proud to say that I am a partner of the United Way of Marquette.

Contact Information
Salvation Army - Ishpeming
222 East Division Street PO Box 384
Ishpeming, MI 49849
Phone (906) 486-8121

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Women's Center

A Survivor’s Story

I hesitatingly entered the Harbor House in August of 2014, a week after my 10 yr. old son stood over my knocked out body with a kitchen knife to protect me, while calling 911, he sent my 6 yr. old daughter to a neighbors for help. I left by ambulance while my kids waited for my dad to make a 2 hr. drive to pick them up. I came here very beat up, very sad, and extremely humiliated.

I was greeted with so much warmth. I was scared & still very much in love. The hardest part was not going back. It seemed impossible to start over all by myself. I couldn’t have been any closer to returning, but my son, my protector, said, “Mom, look at your face!” So I didn’t.

I was in a state of shock, completely overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start and very ashamed with my black eye. I put on sunglasses and headed to the Women’s Center. I ended up in an office talking and crying and crying some more. She let me now what steps to take to get started. I left that office with determination that I can, and will, give myself and my children, a life not filled with violence and fear.

The Staff & Residents gave me unbelievable support! My mind was scattered. Heartbroken and hurt, I just tried to deal with one thing at a time. They empowered me to keep talking…baby steps to overcome the trials and tribulations we went through.

I covered up the black eye the best I could, and within 3 weeks I found myself a decent job. I didn’t start for two more weeks, but that gives me time to get established somewhere before I start. I have been here for 6 weeks and I am now looking at places. I believe I found one today & think I will be out of here in a week.

I still miss him, but the warning signs were textbook. He was very controlling and jealous. I was a successful homeowner, a worker, student, & single mother. He came into my life shortly after my ex was murdered. In my vulnerability, I believed him when he said he could show me love again. I gave up my whole life. I found myself completely isolated from family & friends, and the violence continued to worsen.

I need to show my kids that that behavior is unacceptable & show them to be strong. Who knows where I would be without them or without the Harbor House. My advice to any victim reading this… Don’t Go Back! Take one step at a time, and next thing you know, you turn around and you have climbed a mountain J

A very sincere “thank-you” to entire staff for your kindness and support! You have helped my children and I through a terrible ordeal. I could not have bounced back like this without your help! Thank you for taking me in when I had nowhere else to go. Also, for all the help and support!

A survivor and her children 

 

Contact Information
Women's Center
1310 S. Front Street
Marquette, MI 49855
Office Hours: 9-5 Mon-Fri
906-225-1346

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YMCA

My daughter is a part of the Y swim team and there are so many positive things about being a part of that team. It’s like a family for her, her confidence in herself is so high and the hard work she gives forth is good for health, stamina and psyche. Even at her young age of 7, she is already a leader to many of the first year swimmers, helping them out at practice and meets and cheering on all her fellow swimmers. The Y is a major part of our lives with it being our second home. Six to seven days a week, every week, even after working my full time job, the Y becomes a respite afterwards.
-M

 

Contact Information
YMCA of Marquette County
1420 Pine Street Marquette MI 49855
P 906.227.9622 F 906.227.9248

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