LCCC E-Newsletter
Vol. 55, July 2022

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18
Mental Health Tips for the Summer
While we all look forward to all the positive aspects of summer, there are also some serious mental health issues that result from the heat. This is evidenced by the fact that there is an increase in psychiatric hospitalizations during the summer months. There is also an increase in suicide attempts, acts of violence, increased irritability and angry moods.

Expectations of being carefree can put a lot of pressure on those who are struggling with depression or anxiety. Below are self-care tips and tricks that can be used to maintain your mental health during the summer months.
  • Stay physically active and get outside regularly.
  • Take time to unwind by using your vacation time.
  • Re-focus your energy by planning a getaway.
  • Maintain a healthy sleep schedule for mental health.
  • Invest more time and energy into relationships.
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If you are struggling, there is Help + Hope!
Call today to see how we can help. 517-545-5944
New 988 Dialing Code for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis
988, the NEW Suicide and Crisis Line, replaces the current toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). Importantly, the pre-existing 10-digit number will remain active and will connect callers to the new 988 Lifeline. 

One of the goals of the new number is to reduce the use of 911 for suicide and mental health crises, because calling 911 in such situations too often results in inadequate or inappropriate intervention by the police, or unnecessary hospitalization or incarceration. Calling 988 instead will direct the caller to representatives specifically trained in the management of suicide risk and other mental health crises. 
3rd Annual Youth Summit
On August 5th, 2022 from 11 am until 4 pm we are holding our 3rd Annual Youth-Led Summit! We will have Keynote speaker Anthony Grupido, Magician, and Motivational Speaker! There will be several breakout sessions that are Mental Health and Resiliency, Yoga and Mindfulness, and Art. There will be lunch, fun, and entertainment! Sign up today for this awesome event! This event is for middle and high school youth. If you have any questions or concerns contact Sarah McGeorge and Sandra Parker at lplivco@gmail.com.

Calling all Golfers...Sign Up Now!
Join the Livingston County Community Alliance (LCCA) 5th Annual Golf Outing.

This year our golf outing is in remembrance of our beloved coworker and friend, Megan Palmer. Megan’s goal was to create a healthy, thriving, and drug-free county for our youth.

Help us keep Megan’s work going by signing up for the golf outing!

All proceeds will be going to support the prevention activities of the LCCA. Join us; have some fun with friends and enjoy a wonderful dinner!

Visit: www.lccagolfouting2022.eventbrite.com to sign up! Or email Sarah McGeorge at sarahm@livingstoncc.org for more information.
See you on the green!
Welcome New LCCC Staff Members!
Monica Reid
Hi, I'm Monica Reid the new social worker at Be Our Guest. I am a recent Eastern Michigan University graduate, and start my Master's degree there in the fall. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my big family, as well as my cat and 2 dogs. I am excited to officially join the LCCC team after interning here last fall.
Morgan Cudahy
I am Morgan Cudahy, the new Prevention Coordinator. I grew up between Harrisville and Livingston County, graduating from Hartland High School and went on to get my BS in Correctional Program Support Services from University of Phoenix. I now reside between Webberville and Fowlerville among the cornfields. I have five sons, who range from fifteen to four. At least I do have the dog on my side, her name is Hunny (I buy her doggie nail polish, and lots of pink things, so I get to be girly with someone in the house). My husband, Dwayne, and I usually spend our free time in the garage working on our drag cars. He races a ’86 Cutlass, while I race a ’72 Malibu. I also enjoy painting, sculpting, camp-ing, fishing, riding (horses and dirt bikes), and traveling. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you.
Special Ministries: Where Work Meets Play
Concert, carnival, movie, bowling, game night, demolition derby, Bible adventures, and playing with NERF guns...and this was just July! At Livingston County Catholic Charities, our Special Ministries program provides quality programming for adults 18+ years of age living with cognitive and physical disabilities. We focus on offering growth in personal relationships, continual learning, recreation, and spiritual development for persons with disABILITIES.

If you like the sound of all that and think you need some more fun in your life...come and VOLUNTEER! Contact Brook at brook@livingstoncc.org. If you want to have as much fun as possible... consider joining our TEAM as a Program Aide!
Check our Facebook page and the Special Ministries page of the LCCC website for all our great activiti!
PEANE June Summer Activities for Seniors
The bingo tournament was a huge success! We had representation from all 6 Livingston County Senior Centers! Everyone stated they had a GREAT time and are looking forward to having another one next year. This year, the trophy is being housed at Pinckney Senior Center! They had the most bingos throughout the day. 
 
The euchre tournament was a hit with all the participants. Fowlerville Senior Center is housing the plaque this year. Next year, the euchre tournament will held on a single day. 

Big THANKS to Katie Pikkarainen - State Farm Agent, Beauchamp Water Treatment Solutions and Ashley at ProMedica Home Health, Hospice & Palliative Care! We appreciate you and couldn't do it without your help!
LCCC Joins Prescription for Health
LCCC is now a prescriber for the Prescription for Health. Families can receive $100 in tokens over 10 months to use at the Farmer’s Markets or Gleaners.

Livingston County Prescription for Health is a fruit and vegetable prescription program that aims to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and support healthy behavior change among participants with food insecurity and chronic disease risk. Prescription for Health connects the medical system and the food sector by creating a relationship between the clinic staff, their patients, and the local farmers markets, as well as the Shared Harvest Food Pantry (Gleaners). 

The goals of the program are to:
  1. Increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables among participants.
  2. Foster healthy behavior change in program participants by providing nutrition education, referrals to community resources, and support from Community Health Workers.
  3. Create strong partnerships between the local public health department, clinics, and farmers markets to increase awareness of the local food system, promote utilization of community resources, and support participant health improvement.
  4. Support development of the local food system and economy.

Those with questions or interested in enrolling should contact Beth Newman at beth@LivingsongCC.org.
ISLAND VIBE time at Be Our Guest!
We had such a blast with our ISLAND VIBE theme! The Guests had so much fun dancing and watching tropical flowers, animals and music. We love seeing them so full of life and energy!

Be Our Guest Adult Day offers a safe, fun, social and stimulating day in a club-like setting for persons with dementia and related memory diseases such as Lewy Bodies, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Chemo Brain and more. Be Our Guest Adult Day has openings! Call today to schedule your tour - 517.546.9910. Visit our website to learn more.

If you are a family caregiver of someone with dementia, or know someone who is, we are here to help! LCCC offers FREE Caregiver Support Meetings and activities.

1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month, 5:00-6:00 pm
Email Monica@LivingstonCC.org for more information.
Foster Parents Needed!
THINKING OF BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT?

Contact our Foster Care team to learn more about Foster Parenting: 517-545-5944 or fostering@livingstoncc.org.

We also offer monthly Foster Parent Informational sessions on the 3rd Monday of each month.


Enrich Your Life...Volunteers Needed!
We have plenty of options for you to volunteer! A small amount of your time can make a world of difference!

Contact Brook@LivingstonCC.org

Contact Beth@LivingstonCC.org

Contact LeAnn@LivingstonCC.org

Contact Suzi or Monica at 517-546-9910

Contact SarahM@LivingstonCC.org
Looking for a Job that Provides Meaning & Purpose in YOUR Life?

Driven by Faith, HERE FOR ALL!
Are you compassionate, innovative, highly motivated and looking to make a difference in the life of someone who is hurting or in need of help? Interested in work that gives you a sense of purpose and fulfills your mission to serve the greater good?

Then we need YOU! Join our team of dedicated and compassionate individuals who work in Livingston County to provide professional services and programs to our county's most vulnerable.
We are seeking a part-time Special Ministries Program Aide to assist in providing social, recreational and faith-based activities for adults with cognitive or physical disabilities.
Counseling
We are currently offering hiring bonuses for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselors. Contact John Furey, Clinical Director, at John@LivingstonCC.org to learn more.
Simple Ways for YOU to Provide Critical Services for Generations to Come!
YOU can make a difference and ensure LCCC’s mission and services for generations to come by naming Livingston County Catholic Charities in your Will, Trust or other Planned Giving options while still benefiting you and your loved ones! All donations stay right here in Livingston County!
Your donations change lives and save lives!

AmazonSmile customers can support Livingston County Catholic Charities in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! 

Simply start your shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/38-2570420 to confirm "Livingston County Catholic Charities" as your charity of choice, and AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your eligible purchase price to our organization in support of programs that save and change lives.

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On-going Groups & Meetings at LCCC

1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month, 5:00-6:00 pm
Email Monica@LivingstonCC.org for Zoom info

3rd Tuesday of each month, 3:00-4:00 pm (in-person)
Email Beth@LivingstonCC.org

3rd Monday of each month, 5:00-7:00 pm
Email Fostering@LivingstonCC.org for Zoom info

Mondays 5:00-6:30 pm & 6:30-8:00 pm (in-person)
Wednesdays 10:00 am–11:30 pm (in-person)
Fridays 10:00 am–11:30 pm (Zoom)
Email Jessica@LivingstonCC.org 517-375-1652 for Zoom info
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
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