31 Days of Giving – Adopt-A-Family

by Jennifer Blanck, Call Center Staff Member In November of 1996, I was involved in a house fire where we lost everything. It was a devastating experience. What made it even harder was knowing that the holidays were coming up and we were now homeless with nothing but the clothes on our backs. I was barely 19 and on my own for the first time. … Continue reading 31 Days of Giving – Adopt-A-Family

Summary of the Pension Cutback Provisions in the Omnibus Spending Law

Via the Pension Rights Center: In December 2014, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the 2015 Omnibus spending bill, which includes provisions that allow trustees of certain multiemployer plans to cut retirees’ pensions. Here is a summary of these provisions: The legislation permits deep pension cuts to retirees in certain financially-troubled multiemployer plans. Financially-troubled plans are plans expected to not have enough money … Continue reading Summary of the Pension Cutback Provisions in the Omnibus Spending Law

31 Days of Giving – Focus: HOPE

by Harriet Harris, MiCAFE Regional Manager As part of our 31 Days of Giving, I volunteered at Focus: HOPE, one of our MiCAFE community partners, during it’s annual Special Senior Holiday Delivery Program. Over 300 metro-Detroit volunteers picked up food boxes that included turkeys, vegetables, fruits, canned goods, and a variety of packaged items to deliver to approximately 1200 senior citizens. I worked with Khristi Miller, … Continue reading 31 Days of Giving – Focus: HOPE

31 Days of Giving – Meridian Senior Center

by Sheila Robison, MiCAFE/Economic Security Services Team Member On December 12, 2014, four of us from Elder Law of Michigan in Lansing cheerfully volunteered our time to the Senior Wrapping Project at the Meridian Township building in Okemos. Approximately 50+ people were at the Township building wrapping 400 gifts that were chosen by seniors in the surrounding community. Ironing boards, irons, towels, coats, electrical devices, sweaters, robes, … Continue reading 31 Days of Giving – Meridian Senior Center

31 Days of Giving – Habitat for Humanity

by Sheila Robison, MiCAFE/Economic Security Services Team Member Habitat for Humanity has always been dear to our hearts since it has been such an outreach opportunity to the community around us. We have enjoyed volunteering in the past and were excited to offer our time once again to a good cause. There were 5 of us that attended this project; 3 students from Michigan State University’s interior design … Continue reading 31 Days of Giving – Habitat for Humanity

Grandfamilies

by Keith Morris, President and CEO, Elder Law of Michigan While driving the other day, I heard an interesting story about grandfamilies on National Public Radio.  According to Generations United, 1 in 10 kids are living with a grandparent.  There are 2.7 million grandparents who have primary responsibility for the care of their grandchildren. Twenty-seven percent of children in the foster care system are cared … Continue reading Grandfamilies

CFPB Announces Request for Comment regarding Potential Mortgage Servicing Rules

By Christopher Jackson, J.D., Communications Coordinator and Project Administrator Recently, the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) has proposed changes to its mortgage servicing rules that provide protections to struggling homeowners. The rules in their current form apply to a mortgage borrower, but do not apply to their successors in interests, when the mortgage borrower dies. A successor in interest is an individual who takes an … Continue reading CFPB Announces Request for Comment regarding Potential Mortgage Servicing Rules