We had an excellent response to our 2-Sunday food drive. We collected 282 pounds of foodstuff which Rick Johnson delivered to Loaves and Fishes. Thanks to all for your generosity.

In that same giving spirit, People’s people collected $871 for Family and Children’s Services on Sunday, January 10. This foster care program is truly appreciative of our support. Our next Special Collection on February 14 is for Community Homeworks.  Here is

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Community Homeworks

Vision: A community transformed by thriving families in sustainable homes.

Low-income families face many challenges, and Community Homeworks believes that one of the first steps to moving forward is working to create a more stable and sustainable home environment. Often that starts with addressing critical repairs that a homeowner is not able to afford. But Community Homeworks is committed to connecting homeowners to resources and opportunities to make more lasting change.

Mission: Empowering our low-income neighbors to maintain safe, sustainable, and dignified homes.

Founded in 2009 with the goal of closing the gaps in post-purchase support for low income homeowners in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, Community Homeworks’ programs are designed to help keep people in their homes and develop homeowner self-sufficiency while ensuring that their homes are safe, decent and sustainable.

To boost access to affordable home repair services and achieve lasting change, Community Homeworks offers its low-income Kalamazoo neighbors critical repair assistance; weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades; and ongoing education in home maintenance and repair. These three core programs help homeowners stabilize their living conditions in the short-term and connect them to opportunities for more permanent improvement.

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The Social Justice Coordinating Committee is always open to suggestions for Special Collections. The criteria for acceptable organizations is they must be local, non-profit, and provide direct service.

The ISAAC Banquet, originally scheduled for March, has been postponed until late spring. A new date and details will be forthcoming.

Anyone is welcome to sit in on SJCC meetings. The Social Justice Coordinating Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the clubhouse of Parkview Hills.

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