LCCC E-Newsletter, Vol. 21, September 2019
We should not serve the poor like they were Jesus. We should serve the poor
because they are Jesus. - Mother Teresa
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—

Look out for one another and let the people in your life know that they MATTER!
October Activities for Caregivers

Open to all Caregivers of loved ones with Dementia & other memory related diseases.

LCCC now provides caregiver activities each month that will help to enhance the caregivers skill-set, decrease stress and anxiety. We provide respite care during th e activities.  October topics will include: Relaxation Yoga, Grief Yoga and Legal Planning for Dementia ( an education program presented by the Alzheimer’s Association). Reservations required. Go  HERE  for more information.

The support groups are held the 1st Tuesday and the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 4:30-6:00pm at Be Our Guest Adult Day. a
Forever Families are Made Here

Mike and Alysia Christy were Caleb’s first and only foster parents. They welcomed him into their home when CPS placed him with them in January 2017. Caleb had been removed by CPS due to abuse and neglect.

LCCC was the only agency that served him while he was in foster care and provided the adoptive placement. “They were seriously the best foster parents and have loved Caleb since the moment they met him,” said Sarah Kremhelmer, Foster Care and Adoption Case Worker. “He is the smartest, most resilient little guy! He is very loved and had a full court room on his 'YAY' adoption day!"

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Foster Parent join us for one of the Foster Parent Orientation held the 3rd Monday of the month at our offices in Howell.

Our October Orientation meeting will be held in partnership with SELCRA at the BECC Building in Brighton. Join us on Oct. 21st to learn more. Register on-line through SELCRA for this free program and use the keyword "Foster" when searching.
We Need You!
Come and Show Us Some Love!

Calling all community members, leaders, and business owners...please visit us at the LCCC Offices and share what LCCC has done for you or a loved one; or simply share why you think our services are important.

Just drop in between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm on Friday Oct. 4. We will be capturing these sentiments on white boards for use in our marketing materials.

If you would like to be a part of this video and marketing project, come ready to be photographed, with your comments prepared. We are looking for statements such as "LCCC saved my brother's life", "I am 5 years clean because of LCCC!" Join us to share how your life or that of a loved one, friend or neighbor has changed. We hope to see you then!
Medicare Part D Open Enrollment
October 15 - December 7, 2019

LCCC Resource Advocates, Beth and Melodie, are now taking appointments both at the office and local senior centers. It's important that you review the various plans to understand the changes and find the plan that best fits your needs. Visit our website to view their schedule at the senior centers. Or call Beth or Melodie at 517-545-5944 to schedule your appointment now.
CHRISTMAS BLESSING PROJECT
For Home-bound/Low Income Seniors

As we look to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus with our friends, family and parish families during Christmastime, please help us remember vulnerable seniors by considering a drive for one or more of the requested items. Click here to view the list of items needed to help county seniors most in need. 

Items can be dropped off at Livingston County Catholic Charities anytime before December 5, 2019 for the annual Christmas Blessing project – a community supported project. This project brings the Love of Christ, Help & Hope to community low income and home-bound seniors by supplying a Christmas food box, hygiene items, cleaning & paper products and more!

Did you know ANYONE, person, business or club can donate items or host a drive? Call Suzi Snyder, Director of Senior Services, at 517-546-9910 for more information on how you can help.
Special Ministries Brings the Fun

Special Ministries, a program of Livingston County Catholic Charities, has been up to great things lately. Recent activities have included karaoke, horseback riding. fishing and fun times at  Grand River Golf Range & Putt Putt  and Venture Church making beautiful, unique suncatchers. Other highlights include going to a Lansing Lugnuts game and playing their annual softball game with the Livingston County Sheriff's Office.

You can follow along with all our fun activitie s on Facebook .
Volunteers make a difference...

Mary Lou grew up in Novi and was a secretary with the Novi Schools. After her husband, Jack, had a heart attack, they left the busy city for a rural community in the Western UP. They purchased a campground store and ran the campground. 

They retired to Houghton and Jack continued to do work for the campground and Mary Lou made quilts, jams and other items for craft sales. Jack developed Alzheimer's and they left the UP to live in Howell six years ago.

Jack was a guest at Liv. Cty. Catholic Charities’ Be Our Guest Adult Day. There he was able to have fun in a safe place and Mary Lou received some respite as a caregiver. After he passed she needed something to keep busy and started volunteering there. She feels like she gets as much out of working with the guests as they do from her being there. She spoils the guests with her baking!

She and Jack were married for 65 years. They have one son, one daughter, four granddaughters and three great grandchildren. 

If you'd like to learn more about becoming a volunteer driver, friendly visitor or at Be Our Guest Adult Day or other Liv. Cty. Catholic Charities programs, please contact Katie at 517-545-5944.
LCCC is turning 35!

This is a Salute to the Stars you will not want to miss . Entertainment will be provided by the dynamic & electrifying Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations!

Mark your calendars to celebrate with us on March 14, 2020!
Great News - Michigan Bans Flavored E-cigarettes!

On September 4, Michigan became the first state in the nation to ban flavored e-cigarettes, a step Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said was needed to protect young people from the potentially harmful effects of vaping. She said, “As governor, my number one priority is keeping our kids safe. And right now, companies selling vaping products are using candy flavors to hook children on nicotine and misleading claims to promote the belief that these products are safe. That ends today.” Read the full article in the Detroit News .

The ban, which covers both retail and online sales, went into effect on September 19, 2019.

Megan Palmer, Julie Arnold, Sarah McGeorge of Livingston County Community Alliance and the other Prevention Specialists in the county deserve a round of applause for contributing to this effort.
On-going Groups & Meetings at LCCC

1st Tuesday and of each month, 4:30–6:00 pm
at Be Our Guest

3rd Wednesday of each month, 4:30–6:00 pm
at Be Our Guest

Check out additional Caregiver Support Activities.

3rd Monday of each month, 5:00–7:00 pm

All are welcome and no preregistration is necessary.
Mondays 6:00–7:30 pm, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 am–11:30 pm
Bequests Help Provide for Our Community's Future!

Did you know that leaving a  Charitable Bequest  in your will to bestow on Livingston County Catholic Charities makes it easy to help 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.
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Click Here to Donate Locally & Give the Gift of Hope!
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