Opportunities for Veterans: A Look at Housing, Employment, and Your Rights

Tuesday February 9, 2016: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This informational panel discussion will focus on resources for veterans and their families in Washtenaw County. Particular focus will be on housing, community re-integration, employment opportunities, and supportive services.

Speakers include:
• Rebecca Rowland, M.S.W, Michigan Ability Partners.
- Rebecca is the Vocational Team Leader for MAP, and Co-Chair of the Hire MI Vet community initiative.

• Heather Popkey, B.S.W, Michigan Ability Partners.
-Heather is a Veterans Services Case Manager, and administers the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program in Washtenaw County.

• Sterling Meeuwen, Eastern Michigan University Student
-Sterling was stationed at Fort Benning, GA as an infantryman of the United States Army from 1999-2003,

• Derrick Miller, Deputy Director for Community Action Network.
- A 6-year Veteran of the Marine Corps, he has extensive experience with low-income clients and area service providers

• Peter C. Clark, former federal prosecutor and US Army JAG attorney.
- Peter works with clients to cover a wide variety of estate planning needs

• Martina Wells, LCSW, LCAS- Transition & Care Management (TCM) Team Program Manager, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.
- Martina oversees the TCM program which is committed to helping Post 9/11 and OEF/OIF/OND Veterans transition to civilian life

This event is held in conjunction with the Downtown Library February exhibit Always Lost: A Meditation on War.

Warming Center Schedule 2015-2016

Thus far, Michigan has thankfully been spared from the extremely harsh weather of years past. But for those that don't have a reliable place to stay, many hours exposed to the elements can exacerbate an already difficult situation. The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County has released the following information about the Delonis Centers' Overnight Warming Center.

Please note that interested parties must have a referral from Housing Access, and need to meet the definition of "literally homeless." You can contact Housing Access at (734) 961-1999 M, W, F 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., and T-Th 8:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. Drug or alcohol use are not allowed on site and is grounds for trespass.

Warming Center Details:

Opens: November 16th 2015
Closes: March 28th 2016
Sign-In is at 9:00 p.m. People may stay inside at the Delonis Center beginning at dinner until sign in. Clients must leave at 7:00 a.m. Breakfast is served at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 304 N. Division St. beginning at 7:30 a.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Schulmeister at schule@ewashtenaw.org. Details about a Daytime Warming Center will be released at a later date.

Double Up Food Bucks Program Extended!

If you receive Public Food Assistance, you can receive Double Up Food Bucks and buy twice the amount of goods at area Farmer's Markets. This program allows recipients to spend any amount up to $20.00 per day using your Bridge Card to purchase Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB). Double that $20 to $40 by spending it on healthy, delicious Farmers Market foods like locally-grown fruits & vegetables. What a fantastic way to stretch your food budget and how cool is it that this program was extended into Spring of 2016!

Foreclosure Prevention Deadline

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) will close its Step Forward Michigan foreclosure prevention program website to new applicants on December 31, 2015. All homeowners in need of assistance must register with Step Forward Michigan by December 31, 2015 and submit the complete application package by January 31, 2016 in order to be considered on a first come, first serve basis. Applications already received will continue to be actively reviewed. They may also call 866-946-7432 to start a Step Forward Michigan application before the deadline.

**Last Date to Apply for Funds is December 31, 2015**Foreclosure Prevention DeadlineForeclosure Prevention Deadline

Since July 2010, Michigan’s Hardest Hit Fund program has assisted over 28,381 homeowners who were unemployed, underemployed, delinquent on their mortgage, property taxes, or condominium association dues, or owed more than the value of their home. Over $253 million has been disbursed to participating mortgage lenders, counties and condominium associations.

Step Forward has paid real property taxes to counties, schools, cities, and townships since 2013 to prevent tax foreclosure. A total of 9,434 homeowners have received property tax assistance from Step Forward Michigan with a net disbursement total of $71,541,364.13. In Washtenaw County, Step Forward has paid real property taxes in the amount of almost
$2 million to nearly 200 families, preventing tax foreclosure.

Call the County Treasurer, Catherine McClary, at 734-222-6600 or e-mail taxes@ewashtenaw.org if you would like assistance in applying.

An Overview of Special Education and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) - NEW LOCATION

Monday October 19, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Due to a malfunction in the lighting system at Malletts Creek, this event has been moved to Pittsfield Branch.

This discussion, presented by the Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy (Washtenaw ACA) and the Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF), is designed for parents of children who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or who may be eligible for special education, as well as interested community members including school staff, college students studying education or related programs, and anyone who works with or cares about children who have disabilities.

This session will be presented by Kristen Columbus, M.S. and Sandee Koski, M.A. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Re-Entry Creative Arts Workshop

The University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts presents the Re-Entry Creative Arts Workshop on Fridays, 9-10:30 am from October 2 to December 11, 2015 at Catholic Social Services. Volunteers from the Prison Creative Arts Project will lead a weekly workshop with formerly incarcerated men and women and any other participants who feel that crime or incarceration have had an impact on their lives. This workshop will encourage participants to explore their creativity in a supportive community. Different means of creative expression will be explored, including writing and theater. No experience necessary! For more information, contact Marissa or Rita of Washtenaw Prisoner Reentry at 734-327-9717.

Chuseok Dae, a Korean celebration!

The University of Michigan's Nam Center for Korean Studies proudly brings you the 5th annual Chuseok Thanksgiving Celebration! This free event includes Korean food tasting, arts & crafts, a story time by AADL's own Miss Rachel, and two kimchi workshops presented by The Brinery.

Events will be held at the UM School of Social Work building, 1080 S. University.

Free Classes at MSU Extension

Michigan State University Extension helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities and businesses. You can find a class by searching the event schedule here. Some of the featured free classes are:

Parenting on Your Own: Nurturing Parenting, every Thursday, 10:30 to 11:30 am at the Hope Center. To register call 734-222-3943.

Basic Money Management Course, every Thursday, 9:00 to 10:00 am at the Hope Center. To register call 734-222-3943.

Home Ownership Education, Sat. Oct. 31, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center and Thurs. Nov. 12 & 19, 6:00 to 9:00 pm at MSU Extension Washtenaw County. To register call 734-222-9595.

Free Flu Clinics Scheduled Throughout Washtenaw County

Walgreens, United Way of Washtenaw County and FamilyWize have teamed up to help more Americans fight the flu!

As part of an ongoing commitment to helping those that are uninsured and underinsured get their flu vaccines, the flu shots will be available for those without health insurance and those unable to afford a flu shot. Click here for a list of Flu Shot Clinics throughout Washtenaw County where you can get your free flu shot! Walk-ins are welcome at all dates and locations. Contact Bupe Mulenga with questions at bmulenga@uwwashtenaw.org or 734-677-7214.

MI Hidden Talent Tour

A statewide tour to inspire Michigan companies to hire workers with disabilities is coming to Ann Arbor on Sept 24, 2015. Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard H. Bernstein will share stories about companies who found valuable workers who have a disability. As part of the MI Hidden Talent Tour, these state leaders, along with local organizations helping with this effort, will provide resources and answer questions for business leaders who want to explore this untapped pool of talent. The event takes place at Washtenaw Community College, Morris J. Lawrence Auditorium, 4800 East Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Welcome reception at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP by registering here.

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