We thought that 2020 was a tough year, but 2021 seemed to be just as hard to get through. Although, once again, I saw our agency and staff reach levels I have never seen before!
The pandemic has changed our way of life, inflicted dire consequences in our communities, and challenged the strength of our collective spirit. Most importantly, it has caused us to plan better, think clearer, and act faster.
Thankfully, I am continually reminded that, despite the constant adaptations and obstacles, our communities have pulled together to get through. Pulling together, working together—concepts that are at the core of Community Action.
Our team has worked diligently with tenants and landlords alike to avert hundreds of families from being evicted. Our Weatherization program has built bridges with private contractors to increase our ability to help people’s homes be warmer, more comfortable, and more affordable. Our early childhood team has worked to build even stronger relationships with our families and partners to ensure continued delivery of services. Our commodity food programs continue to provide nutritious edibles to people in need. Our housing counselors have helped many people remain in their homes. And our partnership and collaboration in Gladwin and Midland counties have helped move the recovery of those communities forward after the devastating flood.
All in all, we have had a busy year even as the pandemic remains in the forefront of our conversations. We just hope that this next year brings us positive thoughts and solutions.
Enjoy this report that highlights the amazing reach and outcomes of our programs. The undercurrent of all that good work is the unheralded efforts of our staff, volunteers, partner agencies, and community-minded businesses to build a network to lift those most in need.
We truly appreciate your ongoing support as we continue to serve people the best we can!!
Jill Sutton, Executive Director
1574 E Washington Road
PO Box 768
Farwell, MI 48622
2300 E Ludington Drive
Clare, MI 48617
337 Lemke Street
Midland, MI 48642
14330 Northland Drive
Big Rapids MI 49307
240 E Church Street
Reed City, MI 49677
878 Jefferson Street, Suite 2
Muskegon, MI 49440
907 S State Street Suite 102
Hart, MI 49420