2018 Annual Report!

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YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT - YEP
YEP mentored 175 elementary students - YEP’s pioneered the first ever Rotaract at Muskegon High School!

13 of the 17 YEP graduates of 2018 are now in college -16 YEP’s participated in a tour of 4 colleges  - 45 YEP’s were trained and employed last summer earning a total of $65,000 for 7,000 hrs of work. YEP’s were trained in Photo Voice, rehabbing homes, urban farming, lawn maintenance and camp leadership.

READING BUDDIES
33 volunteers served 70 K-6 sstudents from Nelson Elementary School 35 hours a week

“Reading Buddies is a powerful program!  Every child that worked with reading buddies this year made over their yearly growth.  As a teacher it is so helpful to have other adults to sit and read one on one with my kids.  There is just no substitute for that. We greatly appreciate our Reading Buddies!” -Muskegon Public School Elementary Teacher.


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BETHANY HOUSING
68 working wage families/individuals rented affordable homes or apartments and contributed to community life as neighbors.

HOMELESS SERVICES
1,482 households representing 4,770 neighbors experiencing evictions or homelessness received housing assessments and information to resolve their housing crisis - 559 neighbors experiencing homelessness or evictions were connected with a Housing Navigator to stabilize their housing crisis - $175,000 invested in short-term leasing assistance for to prevent or end homelessness.

HOUSING PLUS
13 neighbors transitioned from homelessness into supportive, affordable housing - 111 formerly homeless neighbors (including 45 children) continued to participate in ongoing services.

SENIOR MILLAGE
$110,000 invested in 21 homes across Muskegon and Muskegon Heights - That means new roofs, plumbing, windows, furnaces, water heaters, steps, flooring, and landscaping to help out seniors age in place.


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MUSKEGON PRESCRIBES FOOD FOR HEALTH - MPFH
46 neighbors graduated from MPFH in 2018, investing 12 hours in food education classes, learning to cook with fresh produce from McGrows, helping patients achieve their medical, nutritional, and social goals.

MCLAUGHLIN GROWS URBAN FARM
Grew & distributed 7,000 lbs. of food -and developed a third farm site, ready for 2019 production. Employed & trained 6 high school youth farmers who mentored 600 younger youth at the farm - Engaged over 450  volunteers.

McGrows provided over 120 moments of opportunity for our community to interact with, learn about, and purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from the farm, including the Farmers Market, Senior Power of Produce markets, on-site farm stands, Community Supported Agriculture programming, and McLaughlin Grows “Food to Pantry” donations.


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DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS STORE
104 neighborhood families shopped for 283 children - 36 neighbors volunteered - Received $5,800 in gift and donations from YOU!

SACRED SUDS
2,693 Neighbors visited Sacred Suds  9,795 times - “Broke bread” together over 3,865 lunches - Washed 4,054 loads of laundry - 1,494 showers - Completed 164 income tax returns (assisted by 2 rock-star volunteers, who brought back almost $140K into core city neighborhoods) - 166 neighbors volunteered over 4,600 hrs.

URBAN IMMERSION
10 women from Muskegon County Jail served at Community enCompass to reduce their time and learn new skills (2 gained employment with Community enCompass after graduating!) - 400 volunteers from local and national faith-based organizations, contributed over 90,000 hours rehabbing and beautifying core-city neighborhoods!


2018 FINANCES

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Housing Meets Hospital

Housing Meets Hospital

Nina has bounced from house to house for over a decade, taking the initiative and engaged the services provided by almost every social service organization in the City---food assistance, substance abuse programs, parenting classes.  She’s rented a place before, but the rent was higher than what she could afford—sometimes 70% of her total income, and she always ended up evicted.

What’s New Under The Sun?

What’s New Under The Sun?

We are proud to announce through a partnership with AvaSure, a health care company, our 3rd farm site is being developed. A new 13,000 square foot farm will be ready for production come next spring at 1161 W. Southern avenue in Muskegon, on the former site of Nims School grounds.  “As a community-based entity, we will align with, support & grow established & sustained community-based organizations that inspire four values

Neighborhood Face-lift on 5th & 6th st's

Neighborhood Face-lift on 5th & 6th st's

This summer, hundreds of volunteers have already partnered with our neighbors to invest time, money and effort along 5th and 6th Streets from Houston Avenue south into Muskegon Heights. The project activities have provided effects similar to that of a facelift, rejuvenating the existing physical built environment of our core city neighborhoods. These activities are lifting the spirits of those living in these neighborhoods as well, and allowing neighbors to show-off their amazing gifts of hospitality!  

Readers are Leaders

Readers are Leaders

The purpose of Reading Buddies is to not only help the students at Nelson School build confidence in reading but also to provide opportunities for volunteers to share their time and attention towards helping the children of our future succeed. More than 30 volunteers give an hour or more a week, dedicating themselves to reading with an average of 60 students weekly.

YEP's ON TOUR

YEP's ON TOUR

19 sleepy teens are climbing into vans in the parking lot.  It’s dark, cold (and probably snowing), but there is an edge of excitement because they’ve worked hard to be here.  It’s the start of the 6th annual YEP College Tour, and within minutes 19 high school youth will be on the road to Kentucky, visiting 5 colleges over 3 days. Two YEPs reflect on their experiences.

Not just a rehab, a REDEMPTION!

Not just a rehab, a REDEMPTION!

 “When we look at a house like this we see history, we see story, we see family, we see value and hope. We see good bones.”  A house like this makes no sense to any real estate investor.  It’s not a house you can flip for profit. The current real estate values in Muskegon's core city neighborhoods don’t make a house like this profitable in any way. It took close to $60,000 in materials and necessary contracted work to bring this house back to life, and that's not accounting for the countless hours of volunteer work that have been put in.

HEALTH and POVERTY in Muskegon

HEALTH and POVERTY in Muskegon

15% of Muskegon County residents have a certified disability, 25% higher than the national average. 41% of Muskegon county residents live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty level,  22%* higher than national average. These numbers alone are sobering, so this month we are taking the opportunity to educate ourselves about the links between poverty and health, health and poverty.