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Celebrate World Water Day

by Alexis Ringman, Project Administrator March 22nd is designated as World Water Day. The first World Water Day was designated on March 22, 1993 by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to bring international awareness about water related issues and inspire action. This year’s UN Water World Water Day theme is water and jobs and is “focusing on how enough quantity and quality of water can … Continue reading Celebrate World Water Day

"We can do it" motivational poster from World War 2

Forgotten Women of War – Women’s History Month

by Dawn Kepler, Project Administrator The defense of our nation is a shared responsibility. Women have served in the defense of this land for years before our United States was born. They have contributed their talents, skills and courage to this endeavor for more than two centuries with an astounding record of achievement that stretches from Lexington and Concord to the Persian Gulf and beyond. … Continue reading Forgotten Women of War – Women’s History Month

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Update on The Supreme Court’s Watershed Fair Housing Decision

by Jessica Sanchez, J.D., Housing Services Manager, Housing Rights Center of Michigan Even after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision against the Texas Department of Housing in the summer of 2015, some Texas state leaders are still opposing low income housing in their communities. Background In Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs vs. The Inclusive Communities Project, the Inclusive Communities Project, a group that advocates for … Continue reading Update on The Supreme Court’s Watershed Fair Housing Decision

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Tomorrow is National Love Your Pet Day

by Char Brooks, J.D. As we all know, February 14th is Valentine’s Day – a day of celebration for couples. Many of us extend this holiday to include celebrating our kids or special friends. It’s not too far afield to celebrate the ones most involved in our day to day lives. National Love Your Pet Day is a chance to honor your pets – whether furry, … Continue reading Tomorrow is National Love Your Pet Day

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Sunday is Valentine’s Day

by Rachael Savoie, Office Manager For many seniors, this annual day of love can be just another day. Here are a few suggestions on how you may brighten Valentine’s Day for that special senior in your life. Have flowers delivered, or deliver them yourself if you live nearby; If your loved one has old letters from the love of their life, dust them off and … Continue reading Sunday is Valentine’s Day

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Black History Month: Then and Now 

by Rosa Robinson, Foreclosure Prevention Specialist Historically, and some would argue even today, that African-Americans have been marginalized solely because of the color of their skin. For centuries their achievements, while significant, went unacknowledged or were minimized. To raise awareness, Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard-trained Historian, organized Negro History Week on the second week of February in 1926 to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass … Continue reading Black History Month: Then and Now 

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Caring for a Loved One – Five Questions to Determine if you are a Caregiver

by Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney The Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors receives many calls each week regarding caregivers. There comes a time in many people’s lives when they are unable to take care of themselves and may need to seek the help of others. It may be as simple as having someone come in and help prepare meals or go food shopping. Or, it … Continue reading Caring for a Loved One – Five Questions to Determine if you are a Caregiver

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

by Christopher Jackson, J.D., Communications Coordinator Today is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Established as a day of service in 1994, the day is meant to reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through a national day of service across the country. Dr. King recognized the power of service. He famously said, “Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.” … Continue reading Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Creative Aging: An Invitation to PLAY

by Kathryn Larlee, J.D., Hotline Attorney “The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune.”  Irish Proverb Getting older can be fraught with difficulties and perhaps a wee bit of fear. According to many researchers, including aging psychotherapist, Kyrie Sue Carpenter, this stage of life is treated as a pathological condition, one that must be fought with all the “anti-aging” weapons that one can afford to … Continue reading Creative Aging: An Invitation to PLAY

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A Foster Grandparent Program

by Karen Flores, J.D., Hotline Attorney Growing up, I was fortunate to have experienced a close relationship with my maternal grandparents. My maternal grandmother was the quintessential old-fashioned grandma who wore flowered print dresses which were always covered with an apron she sewed herself. She helped operate the family farm in Gratiot County and spent her days cooking large meals, baking Czech pastries known as … Continue reading A Foster Grandparent Program