LOVE INC OF MANISTEE COUNTY
November 10, 2012
This amazing organization has only a hand full of paid employees, still they manage to do great work for low-income, elderly, disabled individuals and families. They are there to listen and give loving support to anyone that asks. I volunteered at their Family Life Center each week where a delicious community meal was offered. In addition, they had workshops, taught /facilitated by volunteers and childcare available so parents could attend; such as, basic sewing/knitting, assist w filling out applications for mainstream resources, goal setting, empowerment groups, you name it they probably offered it. Due to a reduction in grants or just narrowing guidelines for federal or state funding has caused the Family Life Center to cease. Love, Inc of Manistee County recently opened a Thrift Store in Benzie County to help support their good work.
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BENZIE AREA CHRISTIAN NEIGHBORS INC
January 25, 2011
I first was introduced to the Benzie Area Christian Neighbor's (BACN) through my job as a Client Advocate at the Women's Resource Center (WRC), a domestic violence agency. They assisted with food, rent, clothing, diapers; whatever basic need I requested. After working at WRC for 10 years I was laid off, so I volunteered at BACN as a Neighbor Advocate; basically, doing the same thing as I did at WRC. They are a grassroots group that saw needs in their community and rallied together to make a difference. They do not receive funding from the State or Feds, so the money doesn't have "strings" attached. Anyone in need is eligible. The only paid employees are the Executive Director and the Services Coordinator. All the work is done by community volunteers and is made possible by community donations. Plus, a lot of the volunteers came to be by being recipients themselves. That's one of reasons why instead of using the words client or consumer they say 'neighbor'. They are a fantastic group of people.
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my employment and by way of extended family members receiving assistance.
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make sure BACN always had the funding it needed.
Volunteer & Assited neighbors in fulfilling their basic needs.