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LCCC E-Newsletter
Vol. 34, November 2020
LCCC remains open and here for you with critical and essential services as we continue to move through this pandemic. Visit our website for up-to-date information. You are not alone...we will get through this together!
May Your Hearts, Your Home and Your Family Feel HIS Love This Thanksgiving. psalm 129:8

We Pause to Give Thanks for YOU!

LCCC Board and staff wish each of you and your families a blessed Thanksgiving.

Please watch this short message from our team as we pause during this time of Thanksgiving to thank and appreciate you! God Bless!
Tips for the Holidays

As we enter this beautiful time of year in celebration of Thanksgiving which then leads us into Advent and Christmas, most of us are struggling with a very different type of celebration in 2020. Though many of us will be unable to share these joyous times in our normal family gatherings, let’s look at what we can do for ourselves and our families to enjoy and celebrate these wonderful occasions.

  • First, take time to allow yourself to grieve the loss of your traditions this year. It’s okay to acknowledge you are sad, disappointed, angry over this change.
  • Talk openly (and listen) to your family, spouse, friends, children as they are all feeling the same and talking about it releases these feelings, allowing you to move on.
  • Take time to exercise, read, take walks and enjoy nature, listen to music.

More New Tomorrows!

In honor of November being National Family Caregiver's Month, we are sharing Gina's story below. Check out other inspiring videos located on the "New Tomorrows" Stories page of our website. Please help us share the work we do by sharing our video and upcoming marketing blasts on Facebook with your friends and family or just talking with others to raise awareness of our services and programs available in our community.

We need YOUR help to share the professional services and programs available in our community!
If you are the caregiver of someone with dementia, or know someone who is, we are here to help! LCCC offers FREE Caregiver Support Meetings from 4:30 to 6:00 PM on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday of every month. Currently meetings are being held via Zoom. Please contact Suzi Snyder at suzi@livingstoncatholiccharities.org to receive the login link.
Did You Receive Your Loaves & Fish
Appeal Letter and Envelope?

Our Loaves & Fish appeal has kicked off now. If you haven't received your letter yet, it will be coming in the mail soon!

Your donations are greatly needed and provide critical, life enhancing and life-saving services to support our community's most vulnerable. 100% of your donations stay in Livingston County!

Without you, we are not able to serve on the front line combating substance abuse; providing healing through mental health counseling; providing care at Be Our Guest Adult Day for individuals with dementia and other related diseases; assisting low income and home bound seniors with basic needs or rides to medical appointments; aiding children and families in the foster care system; serving adults with disabilities through Special Ministries and so much more!

Please prayerfully consider your donation today to make a difference in the lives of those most in need! Click the link below to make your donation today - Thank You! If you've already made your special donation...Thank You!

Did You Know...

With the 2020 CARES Act, if you donate up to $300 in cash to qualifying organizations, your adjusted gross income will be reduced up to $300 (total whether filing joint or individual).

The Cares Act also temporarily suspends the limits on charitable contributions for those who do itemize. This means you can deduct up to 100% of your adjusted gross income, shared Kiplinger magazine.

Kiplinger also notes, the CARES Act has also increased the amounts of annual charitable deductions for corporations from 10% of taxable income to 25%. Any donations that are greater than 25% can be deducted within the following five years.

The IRA Charitable Rollover for persons 70.5 years allows you to rollover up to $100,000 (plus $100,000 from a spouse's IRA) as a qualified charitable distribution without having to recognize it as income.

Please discuss these opportunities with your accountant, IRA manager or visit the IRS official website to learn more.
Exciting News!

Livingston County Catholic Charities has been named a Top Workplace in Detroit! The award is based solely on the feedback of employees and we are honored to have been ranked 37th in the 2020 Small Top Workplaces winners.

“We have a tremendous group of coworkers and board members here at Livingston County Catholic Charities. Collectively, we support our mission to serve the un-served, under-served and vulnerable in our community,” said Mark Robinson, LCCC executive director. 

BOGADS is on the GROW!

Since the State and CDC guidelines have limited the number of Guests LCCC can serve, we decided to remove the wall between the two largest group rooms at Be Our Guest Adult Day. This will allow LCCC to serve an additional five Guests while maintaining social distancing. 

THANK YOU Schafer Construction and Oakland Commercial Construction for the professional and speedy work!
Hello from Special Ministries!

As we all know this year has been an extremely crazy one. We have been unable to hold many favorite activities for our Friends. So.... since we cannot hold our most favorite Holiday Party of the year in person, all of us at Special Ministries are partnering with our friends at Work Skills, CIL and others to bring Christmas to you!

Santa and his wonderful crew will be bringing Christmas Joy to families all over Livingston County. Delivery day of all party supplies will be December 23rd and the 24th - thanks to our friends at LETS. 

On December 28th (Party Day!) from 5:00-8:00 PM we will be hosting a Zoom Christmas Celebration for all our Friends to join in, visit with each other, build a gingerbread house, fun crafts and more! Wear your festive clothing!

This Christmas Celebration is sponsored by our Friends at DTE Energy who are providing the snacks, gingerbread houses, a delicious lunch and more! Thanks to our friends at St. Patrick Church for all of the wonderful Christmas gifts donated for our participants.

REGISTER today so we can make sure to have enough gingerbread house kits, snacks, etc. Contact Amanda Miller at amandam@livingstoncatholiccharities.org.

We hope you all have a Safe and Blessed Holiday season and we look forward to seeing everyone’s smiling faces! We Love and Miss you all!

Keep checking our Facebook page and the Special Ministries page of the LCCC website for the latest events!
For Home-bound/Low Income Seniors

As we enter this blessed season of love and joy, please help us remember our seniors by considering a donation to this wonderful event for our county seniors in need.

Please visit the Amazon Wish List or consider hosting a drive for one of the items listed or make a personal donation to support this heart-warming project. Our seniors feel forgotten and lonely this time of year. Let’s wrap them in love and bring hope & help during this blessed time of year.

Negative Impacts of Marijuana Use
Statistics provided by the IPC Cannabis Michigan Report pgs. 48-52.

In Michigan, 56.4% of people with a medical card reported driving within 2 hours of cannabis use, 50.5% reported driving while being “a little high”, and 21.1% reported driving while feeling “very high.”

The percentage of cannabis-involved fatal crashes has been increasing in Michigan, underscoring the need for public health approaches to prevent operating vehicles under the influence of cannabis.

According to University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center Report, Impact of Recreational Cannabis Legalization in Michigan: A Baseline Report, opioid overdose deaths have been increasing in Michigan during the same time period as cannabis use is increasing. Marijuana is not helping to reduce the impact of opioids on our community. 

These are just some of the reasons why the work of the Livingston County Community Alliance (LCCA) is so important in our community!
Medicare Open Enrollment is from October 15 to December 7. So you still have some time to weigh all of your options before selecting a plan to make sure you have the best one that meets your needs.

Need help reviewing plans? Call our office at 571-545-5944 to schedule an appointment with one of our MMAP certified counselors.

The hard-working staff in our Volunteer Caregiver Program are in dire need of volunteers to help transport for home-bound seniors! We have nearly doubled the number of seniors being served through the Program in the last few months due to the tremendous need for this vulnerable population.

Call Jamie or Katie today at 517-545-5944 to see how you can help!
Join our dynamic team!
It is Christmas shopping time! We'd love your support!

AmazonSmile customers can now support Livingston County Catholic Charities in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! 
On-going Groups & Meetings at LCCC

December 1 and 16 at 4:30 pm
Email Suzi@LivingstonCatholicCharities.org Zoom info

3rd Monday of each month, 5:00–7:00 pm
Email Amy@LivingstonCatholicCharities.org for Zoom info

Tuesdays 6:00–7:30 pm
Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 am–11:30 pm
Email Jessica@LivingstonCatholicCharities.org 517-375-1652 for Zoom info
Charitable Bequests Help Provide for Our Community's Future!

Did you know that leaving a Charitable Bequest in your will or trust to bestow on Livingston County Catholic Charities makes it easy to help ensure for generations the work of one of your favorite charities without dipping into your current income or savings?

Contact Julie Amman or Mark Robinson at 517-545-5944 or your lawyer or financial adviser for more information.
Suicide Prevention Hotline (24/7): 800-273-8255
Livingston County Community Mental Health (24/7): 800-615-1245
Veterans Crisis Line 800-273-8255 and press 1 or text 838255
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Livingston County Catholic Charities
2020 E. Grand River #104, Howell, MI 48843
Office Phone 517-545-5944 Be Our Guest Adult Day Phone 517-546-9910