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.
Each year, our staff supports individuals and families on their journey toward self-sufficiency as they participate in our multiple programs and services. This support is provided through a variety of approaches that encourages the participant to establish goals and to learn how to achieve them. Although we are limited at times with the multitude of grant regulations, and in some cases limited resources, we strive to do our best to mentor our participants on the pathway to success. Utilizing empowerment tools offers a way of giving them authority over their lives, decisions, and potential outcomes.
Our staff work very hard to provide encouragement that is proactive versus reactive. This help might include supporting a young mother who is learning to care for her infant or we may be assisting a preschool child in self-help skills preparing them for independence in their school career. Through the provision of heat assistance, we are able to stabilize the family’s budget while also keeping them warm at night. This is just a small snapshot of the amazing things our staff can do to empower our participants.
Using empowerment methods does not stop with our participants. Our staff are also encouraged to become well versed in their role with the agency. We empower them to become highly trained professionals that are confident and qualified to perform the duties necessary to accomplish their job by providing professional development opportunities and educational support. While non-profit employment may not be the highest paid field, our returns often come in non-monetary altruistic gains of knowing that we help others to succeed.
The communities we serve also benefit from the result of our efforts through economic development. Through our employment of resident staff, purchasing from local stores and contractors, millions of dollars are spent each year in support of our programs and activities. These resources bring support at the local level investing over $9 million annually.
In closing, as you peruse this year’s Annual Report, please note the many opportunities that allow us to empower our participants. It is a pleasure to share with you the numerous accomplishments of how we have influenced “Helping People, Changing Lives.”
1574 E Washington Road
PO Box 768
Farwell, MI 48622
2300 E Ludington Drive
Clare, MI 48617
337 Lemke Street
Midland, MI 48642