Message from Executive Director 2016/17

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 Julie Moberg, Executive Director   
(906) 786-7080, ext. 152 
It has been a busy year at the Menominee Delta Schoolcraft Community Action Agency. The agency had its first organizational standards review from the Bureau of Community Action and Economic Development (BCAEO). The Bureau reviews each Community Action Agency in the State of Michigan against 58 organizational standards. The CSBG organizational standards provide a standard foundation of organizational capacity for all CSBG eligible entities across the United States. The MDS Community Action Agency met all 58 organizational standards of excellence with no citations.
We are one year into providing our homeless services program. We have served over 569 individuals with their housing needs. We partner with the Alger Marquette Community Action Agency in this effort. Our housing resource specialist works to help people find appropriate housing when they are at risk of becoming homeless or are already homeless. She also partners with the Salvation Army and the local churches who provide the Hope at the Inn. She works with all individuals seeking shelter. The goal of this program is to help people find appropriate ways to become self-sufficient and maintain their housing.
The senior services Adult Day Program has settled into its new home at the Gary Abrahamson Jr. Memory Care Center located behind the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. The Adult Day Service provides respite service for families caring for people with dementia-related illnesses. It allows families to keep their loved one living in their home by providing much needed support to the caregiver. A person with dementia related illnesses can attend the day program while the caregiver runs errands or just takes a break from the around the clock care of their family member.
Senior Services continue to be a primary focus within the MDS Community Action Agency. The agency operates seven senior centers across the three county area. Nutrition services both at the senior centers and through home-delivered meals remains a vital service in the area. MDSCAA served 47,000 meals throughout the three-county area during this past fiscal year. Without these meals, seniors would often be without a balance meal in their day. MDSCAA continues to provide personal care services, respite services, and homemaker services in the tri-county area. In Menominee County, MDSCAA provides transportation services throughout the county, allowing seniors and low-income individuals access to needed services within the cities of Menominee and Marinette.
MDS Community Action Agency just completed its first full fiscal year serving the central U.P. with the Weatherization Program. MDSCAA took on the five central counties of the UP including Alger and Marquette counties. The effort has been successful with the Weatherization Program meeting its production goals. The agency was obligated to serve 42 households, and ended the year serving 51 households. We believe this has been a successful model for providing Weatherization services in the central U.P.
The Board of Directors of the MDS Community Action Agency remains committed to bringing the highest quality of services to our multi-county area. With the help of all Community Action Agency staff, we work to maintain the quality services we now provide, and look to the future to meet the changing needs of our communities.