Thanks For Giving Celebration - November 17_ 2011 - West Midland

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                                                                                                                                     VOLUME 22, NUMBER 2 • P.O. Box 1985 • Midland, MI 48641-1985 • • (989) 832-3256 • Fall 2011

                                                                                                                                     WMFC - Helping Families Face the Challenge of Difficult Times
                                                                                                                                     Many of you in the readership of our              housing,” shared Larry Quinn, LPC of           has also witnessed a shift in the level
                                                                                                                                     Family Focus may be wondering how                 Catholic Family Services who counsels          of security for middle income families.
                                                                                                                                     WMFC and the community it serves are              community members at WMFC. “With               “When families are faced with long term
                                                                                                                                     coping with the difficult financial times         the economy holding poverty-level peo-         unemployment, it is devastating. These
                                                                                                                                     this country and our community are fac-           ple down, it becomes increasingly more         are not people that understand the sys-
                                                                                                                                     ing. To provide a perspective on this we          difficult for them to rise socially through    tem. They have never had to ask for help
                                                                                                                                     submit the following:                             the traditional ladders of better educa-       and don’t know where to turn,” com-
                                                                                                                                                                                       tion and employment.”                          mented Renee Young, WMFC Family
                                                                                                                                     Unfortunately, we do not have control                                                            Services Director. “We’re seeing a rise
                                                                                                                                     over the U.S. economy—only our re-                “Over the past 10 years, people living in      in prescription drug use across all ages,
                                                                                                                                     sponse to it. West Midland’s Family               poverty are finding it increasingly more       greater need for mental health services
                                                                                                                                     Services staff members and partners are           difficult to find respite. They struggle                               ...continued on page 2
                                                                                                                                     seeing the detrimental effects that the           with a sense of not having a future and
                                                                                                                                     economy is having on local families.              there are fewer “safety nets” available
 West Midland Family Center...                                                                                                       Working together with community part-             to allow them to climb out of poverty.
                                                                                                                                     ners like Catholic Family Services and            We learn how to be adults from our par-
 Always Making The Difference.
                                                                                                                                     the United Way of Midland County, we              ents. If our parents instill a sense of hav-
                                                                                                                                     continue to reach out a helping hand to           ing no future, they pass along this sense
Thanks For Giving Celebration - November 17, 2011                                                                                    individuals and families in poverty.              of hopelessness to their own children,”
                                                                                                                                                                                       concluded Quinn.
                                           This year WMFC’s Thanks for Giving            sion. Recipients receive one of the         “The poor are becoming progressively
                                           Celebration, will be held on Thursday,        following awards: Orrin Barrett - Vol-      poorer. Subsidies that poor people re-            Without intervention, some studies
                                           November 17, 2011 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.         unteer of the Year, Phyllis Breedlove -     ceive remain relatively fixed while the           show, each subsequent generation’s dys-
                                           This annual event was established as a        Friend of the Center, or the Steven                                                                                                          Larry Quinn, LPC of Catholic Family Services ,
                                                                                                                                     cost of living goes up-- generated primar-        functions become stronger and more
                                           tribute to, and celebration of, our vol-      Barstow - Youth Volunteer of the Year.                                                                                                          counsels community members at WMFC
                                           unteers, donors and all those who play        Two awards will also be given to two        ily by higher energy costs, which impacts         deeply embedded. In addition, staff
                                           an integral role at the Center, including
                                           the families we serve. Thanks for Giving
                                                                                         professional community members in
                                                                                         honor of National Family Week.              WMFC Hosts Flag Planting at Parkapalooza Event
                                           Celebration is a fitting start to the holi-                                                                                                 Parkapalooza is a fun filled annual end        flags and ribbons for a flag plant-
                                           day season.                                   After the recognition ceremony, a din-                                                        of the summer family event at Sanford          ing activity. Parkapalooza attendees
                                                                                         ner catered by Northwood University,                                                          Lake Park that is sponsored by the             were given the opportunity of planting
                                           This year’s event will take place during      will be served from 6:15–7:15 p.m. Be-                                                        Midland County Parks and Recreation            a flag in honor of a service person. A
                                           National Family Week. In the past, Na-        ginning at 2:30 p.m. and running until                                                        Department. Parkapalooza features dif-                                  ...continued on page 2
                                           tional Family Week was celebrated at          8:00 p.m. there will be a blood drive                                                         ferent community organizations spon-
                                           three different sites throughout Midland      from the Michigan Community Blood                                                             soring family activities as well as a num-
                                           County. This year all involved Mid-           Centers. Concurrent with all other events                                                     ber of different bands that play music
                                           land County non-profit organizations          will be a variety of different games,                                                         from a beachside stage throughout the
                                           will combine their efforts and celebrate      crafts and agency representation from a                                                       day. This year WMFC staff members
                                           National Family Week at the West Mid-         variety of Midland County human ser-                                                          contributed to the fun event by provid-
                                           land Family Center as part of WMFC’s          vices organizations providing informa-                                                        ing wholesome family activities which
                                           Thanks for Giving Celebration.                tion and activities for all.                                                                  included “Make it Take It” crafts, family
                                                                                                                                                                                       games, a Spiderman Bounce House and
                                           The evening will begin with a ceremony        Please join us on the 17th of November                                                        a large inflatable obstacle course.
                                           to recognize the special volunteers that      to honor those who provide thousands of                                                                                                        WMFC Activity Tent offered family games,
  There is something for everyone at our   have demonstrated extraordinary com-          hours of meaningful work. We couldn’t                                                         In honor of the tenth anniversary of
                                                                                                                                      Flags with ribbons that included the names of                                                      “Make It, Take It” crafts, a beach photo
     Thanks For Giving Celebration.        mitment to furthering the WMFC mis-           accomplish our mission without them.        those who have served or are currently serving.   September 11th, WMFC also provided                      opp and a treasure hunt.
Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation Funds Renovation
                                                                                                                                                                                    Honoring Those Who Serve
                                               attend the program is $1,600 per student,       will jumpstart their school expe-
                                               so most of our families would have great        rience. Learning patterning is a                          Air Force                                    Army                               Army
                                                                                                                                           Ron Breteritz - 15 years                  27th Brigade Combat                      Alan Ritter
                                               difficulty funding this kind of opportu-        forefront to learning math. Colors
                                                                                                                                           Oscar Hidalgo - 4 years                   Dakota Adams - 2 years                   Troy Robertson - 22 years
                                               nity for their children. We’re all very         teach them about their environment          John Kraft - 20 years                     PFC Jordon Amrozowicz - 2 years          Robert Ross - 8 years
                                               fortunate to live in a community where          and art. Singing teaches rhyming            Randy Long - 20 + years                   Eugene Andres - 4 years                  Jesse Sanchez - WWII
                                               people do for their neighbor whenever           and counting, and is a way to learn         Rob Long - 4 years                        Jeremy Baker - 8 years                   Frederick Schneider - 2 years
                                               they can,” concluded Dorrien.                   brand new concepts.                         Richard March - 4 years                   Wayne T. Ballard                         Wallace Scott
                                                                                            #3 Have Fun                                    William Pelkam - 8 years                  Virgil H. Banaszak - 6 years             Mike Sequin - 6 years
                                               “This is a great opportunity“, exclaimed        “I want this experience to be one           Cain Piotrowski - 4 years                 Edward Barnett                           Uncle Shaffer
                                                                                                                                           Junior Reed - 30 years                    Nick Bank, Currently serving             Glenn Sharpe - 4 years, WWII Medic
                                               new preschool teacher Stephanie Var-            that gets them excited to learn and
                                                                                                                                           Kirk Shauger - 6 years                    Erik Barton - 19 years (still serving)   John Shier - 2 years
                                               ner.” This new program will get the chil-       excited to go to school. I love see-        Elmer Treppa - 4 years, WWII              Kara Barton - 2 years                    Adam Smith - 2 years
                                               dren excited for school. It will also give      ing kids smiling faces on the other         Allen Warren - 4 years                    Darren Benson - 8 years                  Chad Sneller - 18 years
    Mrs. Varner ends the morning with a
                                               them tools to be successful in school           side of the classroom door each day.                                                  Peter Bergeron - 25 years                Jeff Snellenbergen - 4 years
           special story everyday.
                                               and in life. The addition of the threes         That just adds enthusiasm to what-                         Marines                    Kyle Berlin - 2 years                    Tommy Southwick
                                               program makes WMFC a more rounded               ever we are learning about that day.        Robert Beck - 4 years
                                                                                                                                                                                     Dave Bernreuter                          Clarence Stillwell - 2 years

“The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow               facility by providing quality experiences       I think that a love for school at the       Andrew Best - Currently Serving
                                                                                                                                                                                     Eugene J. Bower                          Robert D. Styn - 6 years
                                               from early on in life. It will allow the        beginning leads to school success                                                     Uncle Fred Brown                         Mike Sucilliano - 20 years
Foundation recently helped make area                                                                                                       CPL Brad Campbell - 5 years
                                                                                                                                                                                     Nathan Brown - Died in combat            Harry Sweetman - 10+ years
families who have three-year-old chil-         children to learn and grow into better          and enjoyment later on. It certainly        Justin Devendorf - 6 years
                                                                                                                                                                                     Jerry Burton - Korean War                Tom Talbot - Vietnam
dren. The Foundation provided all the          adjusted and well rounded students. The         can create lifelong learners,” con-         Michael Dobshensky
                                                                                                                                                                                     Toy Burton - 4 years                     Benjamin Tomczak
capital costs to renovate the existing         love and friendships they will receive          cluded Varner.                              Jimmy Franis - 6 years
                                                                                                                                                                                     Lawrence Carpenter - 8 years             Mike Uvanni - Died in combat
                                                                                                                                           Adam Fruk - 6 years
room we had into a room that is appro-         will hopefully give them a feeling of                                                       Joshua Fruk - 6 years
                                                                                                                                                                                     Rich Clipper - Iraq now                  Ron Vanderstart - 7+ years
priate to handle a classroom of three year     great self worth and enjoyment.”                                                            Nicholas Hickens - Currently serving
                                                                                                                                                                                     Dave Colburn - 4 years                   Paul Van Wert - 4 years
                                                                                                                                                                                     Nicholas Collins - 4 years               Lawrence Vinson - 6 years
olds and the Foundation also helped us                                                                                                     Gale Klingensmith
with the renovation of the kitchen that        The three-year-old classroom has three                                                      Tyler LaRue - 2 years
                                                                                                                                                                                     Shane Duff - Not available               Mike Vinson - 20 years
                                                                                                                                                                                     Steven Eastman - 20 years                Vern Vinson - 20 years
was in the old room. The kitchen serves        main goals this year:                                                                       Stephan C. Lynk
                                                                                                                                                                                     James Favar - 10+ years                  Trisha Watt - 20 years
sixty meals a day during the school year       #1 Learn Social Skills - that will help                                                     Gunar Makek-Madani - 6 years
                                                                                                                                                                                     James Favarquon - 10+ years              Sgt. Brad Wentz
and over 200 a day during the summer,”             them in all future academics. They                                                      Terri Malek-Madani - 4 years
                                                                                                                                                                                     Chris Fither - 4 years                   Joel Wirtz
                                                                                                                                           Marine Corp
said Greg Dorrien, Executive Director.             will be given an opportunity to in-                                                     Dan Moore - 8 years
                                                                                                                                                                                     Donald Fracis - Korean War               Wm. Wirtz - WWI
                                                   teract with others and learn about                                                      Dave Reichle
                                                                                                                                                                                     David Frazer                             Brandon Young
“We’re also very fortunate to have been            the lives and feelings of others.                                                       Rick Robison - 4 years
                                                                                                                                                                                     Chester Geno                             Jacob Zarazna - 2 years

able to get grants to help families who            Learning how to name and manage                                                         !st Lt Jason Roenicke - serving
                                                                                                                                                                                     Jim Gibson - 4 years

needed scholarships to attend the pro-             their emotions will allow them to be                                                    Ben Rosek - 2 years
                                                                                                                                                                                     Robert Green - 4 years                           National Guard
                                                                                                                                                                                     Archie Hall
gram through the Midland County Edu-               more successful in relationships and                                                    Wayne Sasse
                                                                                                                                                                                     Dean Hufnagle - 10 years - SF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chance Augustine - 3 years

cational Services Association and St.              also in their overall well being.         Preschool Assistant Gabby reads to Rebekah,   Mike Vancil - 2 years
                                                                                                                                                                                     Justin Jay - 6 years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rollie Bingham - 6 years
                                                                                                                                           Bradley Wells - 6 years, still serving
John’s Episcopal Church. The cost to           #2 Establish an Academic Base - this              a West Midland 3 year old “friend”.                                                 Floyd L. Jeske - 4 years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Andrew Rassmussen - 10 years
                                                                                                                                           Lisa Wohlford                                                                      Tim Shumake - 10+ years
                                                                                                                                                                                     Darrin Johns - 4 years
                                                                                                                                           David Zimmer - 2 years                                                             Nick Tucker - 7+ years

                                               Helping Families…continued from page 1
                                                                                                                                                                                     George Kennedy - WWI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Joe Weisdiser - 10+ years
                                                                                                                                                                                     Bob Kimmel - 20 years
                                                                                                                                                             Navy                    Aaron Kuehne - NG
                                               and people seeking help at younger and       assistance, home heating assistance, pre-      Shawn Akers - 10+ years                   Daniel Kuehne - NG                                   Firefighters
                                                                                                                                           Roberts Andrews - 8 years                 Stan Laskowski - 2 years                 Robin Crook - 19 years
                                               younger ages. In addition, we are seeing     school, education programs and so much         Bob Burgess - 5 years                     Jeremiah Last - 10 years                 Ronald Schofield
                                               more homeless families with nowhere to       more. While communities may not have           Richard Caven                             Christopher Lisee
                                               turn because their extended family is in a   control over our country’s economy, the        Stan Closs                                Andy and Aaron Little
                                                                                                                                           Ken Cunningham - 3 years                  Clifford March - 4 years
                                               similar situation.”                          WMFC strives to provide a ray of hope          Sherry Cunningham - 3 years               Ed Martin - 4 years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jeremy Dixon - 12 years
                                                                                            and a glimpse of a better future for our                                                                                          Chad Early - 10 years
                                                                                                                                           Jed Johansen - 18 years                   Donald MacGregor - WWI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Russel Pahssen - 11 years
                                               Since 1974, West Midland Family Center       neighbors in need - one person and one         William H. Lasota Jr. - 2 x 6 years       Steve McLane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Patty Ulman - 12 years
                                                                                                                                           Bob Michael                               Delton E. Miller
                                               has been committed to serving the indi-      family at a time.                              Paul G. Mureiko - 4 years                 Donavon Herman Miller - 4 years
                                               viduals and families in the west end of                                                     Ralph Rogers                              Jim Morgan                                  Others That Were Honored
                                               the county. As the needs change, so do                                                      Todd Seaver - 4 years                     Terry Muszynski - 30 years                  (Incomplete Information
                                                                                                                                           Joe Sharpe - 2 years, still serving       Robert Nash - Korean and WWII                   All Heroes, All Service People
               Never Forget                    our programs and services. We continue                                                      HN Aaron Ullom                            Mark Pearsey - Veteran                        American Soldiers, Violet Arnold
                                               to provide help for struggling families,                                                                                              Darby Quinn
WMFC Hosts Planting                            and work collaboratively with other                                                                    9/11 Victims                   Eugene Rau
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cousin Doug, Sandra Criollos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Don Clark. Walt Jean - Air Corp
                      …continued from page 1                                                                                                                                         Jacob N. Richards - Currently Serving           Lynn, Laverne “Bud” Miller
                                               community agencies to meet the ever-                                                        All 9/11 Victims
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frank Morgan, Clif Sharp
                                               changing needs. We offer hope in the                                                        Gregory Richards - Twin Towers
list of the service members who were
honored in the flag planting activity are      face of hopelessness and understand that
included in this issue of the Family           change requires working with the entire                                                     Please understand that all requests were handwritten and many requests had incomplete or no contact information.
Focus. The list includes the name, num-        family. With of the incredible support of                                                   As a result, WMFC was unable to verify information if there was a question regarding accuracy. WMFC has taken the
                                                                                                                                            utmost care in transcribing the information that was provided to us to insure that the information presented is, to
ber of years of service and the area in        our donors and partners, we are there to
                                                                                                                                                                                     the best of our knowledge, correct.
which the person served, or is currently       provide mentors, counseling services,
serving. See a complete list on page 3.        basic food assistance, emergency rent        Renee Young, WMFC Family Services Director

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