Each year we put out our Annual Report. It covers what we've been up to throughout the last year. This includes new and expanded programs, funding expenditures, and statistics such as households assisted through various programs.
To me, quality means finding the way to best serve our communities; helping as many as we can despite worsening economic conditions and tighter funding budgets. I am proud to say that Mid Michigan Community Action has been able to widen its impact during these difficult times.
In program year 2008, MMCAA made strides in three strategic goals: food assistance, building consolidation, and early childhood programs.
The acquisition of a 16,000 square foot building will provide a permanent home for our commodity and emergency food programs while leaving room for future expansion.
The agency successfully consolidated six buildings into one location ultimately saving the agency significant operational costs. This move included relocating the agency’s administrative operations, county outreach, and three early childhood classrooms.
To better meet the needs of the Early Head Start families, the program changed to a home-based model. This provided families with more individualized services and a better fit with their busy schedules.
Along the way, we continued to provide services to thousands of families and seniors, providing food, housing, homeless support, preschool experiences and a wealth of emergency services.
The progress that has been made in an effort to reduce poverty in our communities is representative of the cooperation between our staff, the board of directors, local leaders, partner agencies, volunteers and all of those that have found a way to support this effort. It is my sincere hope, that through continued partnership we will be able to help our community back onto the path of self-sufficiency.
Gary W. Gilbert, CEO