How are you?

How are you today?   I’m fine, because today is the best day of my life! I have a friend who says this every time I see him. He is upbeat, positive, happy and a joy to be around. Each day is a gift from God and brings a unique opportunity to be lived. What a difference it would be if everyone viewed life this way. 

Yesterday, with its’ disappointments and mistakes is done. Today is a brand new day, with a clean slate. We can choose to look at things with a pessimistic or optimistic attitude.  The Bible says to think on things that are lovely, good, kind, praiseworthy, and of a good report. How would that change your outlook today? If we expect the best, we will usually get it. Our attitude determines whether we focus on the negative aspects of life or see the positive side. Let’s determine to live each day as if it were the “best day of our life”!  

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EMERGENCY AID FOR LOCAL VETERANS
 
PORT HURON, MICH. St. Clair County Department of Veterans Affairs secured and will be distributing COVID-19 emergency funding to veterans through the state’s new County Veteran Service Fund Emergency Relief (CVSF-ER) program.
 
To date, the following counties have secured CVSF-ER funding thus so far are: Calhoun, Gladwin, Gogebic, Iosco, Kent, Marquette, Midland, Missaukee, Muskegon, Oakland, St. Clair, Wayne and Wexford. These counties have been approved for a total of nearly $1.1 million in CVSF-ER funding; while: Cheboygan, Eaton, Genesee, Ionia, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Mecosta and Roscommon counties are close to securing another $253,819 in the emergency relief assistance – for a working total of $1.3 million. Eligible veterans from all eras – both wartime and peacetime – in participating counties can use the money to make home and vehicle repairs, pay medical expenses and meet other needs determined emergent.
 
In addition, counties listed above including St. Clair County will be participating in a CVSF-ER grocery voucher program for veterans through the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) and Meijer. This program will allow vouchers to be given to qualified veterans and utilized for food and personal care items at Meijer.
 
“The St. Clair County Department of Veterans Affairs has been proudly serving veterans and their families for over 75 years and will continue to do so especially during these trying times. Our peacetime-era veterans often struggle to find benefits they qualify for and the CVSF-ER program will be a huge help for many,” said Outreach Coordinator Nancy Deising.
 
The deadline to apply for the CVSF-ER funding and grocery voucher program is September 18, 2020.  Veterans of all eras who qualify can take advantage of these emergency funding opportunities. Veterans can apply by completing a short application that can be obtained by visiting our website at  https://www.sccvet.us/county-veteran-service-fund-emergency-relief-program-cvsf-er/   or  www.sccvet.us  and clicking on the Emergency Grants or by calling the VA Office at (810) 989-6945.  CVSF-ER program funding is available based on an approved application on a first-come, first-serve basis.
 
Questions can also be directed to the Media Contact and Outreach Coordinator, during regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm (Closed for Lunch 12-1pm) at (810) 989-6945 or by e-mail at  sccvet@stclaircounty.org .

New Events Submitted this Week
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Virtual cultural awareness training, open dialogue, and, most importantly, prayer for our nation and the world during these divisive times.

Join us for a structured virtual format where participants experience three (3) modules dealing with a different aspect of cultural awareness.

Discussion questions will guide conversations following each module in virtual chat rooms assisted by professional cultural facilitators and ministers.

Insightful information and healthy discussion will then lead to brotherly prayer around prayer points designed to address the racial divide happening in the nation and around the world.

The process will be repeated until the three modules are completed. Handouts and facilitator bios will be available for download prior to each session.
Harbor Impact is back! June 30 and July 1, 2020 Harbor Impact returns!

We have scheduled five events for food distribution, free shopping and more!
To make everything smooth please come at your assigned time. 
Tuesday June 30 9AM-Noon for everyone whose last name starts A-E
Tuesday June 30 2PM-4PM for everyone whose last name starts F-L
**Tuesday June 30 6PM-8PM for anyone who works Day shift**
Wednesday July 1 9AM-Noon for everyone whose last name starts M-R
Wednesday July 1 2PM-4PM for everyone whose last name starts S-Z

Rooms will be restocked in between sessions, Please come at your assigned time.

Social Distancing rules will be in effect. Please bring a mask if you can.
Upcoming Events
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