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Statewide funding cut hurts local families

by (FamilyFutures)

Submitted 10-24-2012 under NONPROFITS

On October 1, state funding for the Prevention Pilot Project in Michigan was unexpectedly cut from 11 service agencies in Grand Rapids, Flint and metro Detroit. These agencies had been responsible for reducing caseloads for Child Protective Services...

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Dads get their day as parents learn to play

by (FamilyFutures)

Submitted 06-15-2012 under NONPROFITS

Ah, Father’s Day. A great time to kick back with the kids and enjoy some quality time. Maybe play a game of catch. But wait, are your children ready to play catch? Is this the stage when you can do that? What other activities are good for this...

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Digital divide narrows with Comcast's "Internet Essentials"

by (Benjamin Siekmeier)

Submitted 03-09-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

All Grand Rapids families with children who receive free school lunches may qualify for Comcast's "Internet Essentials" program, which offers broadband internet for $9.95 per month and an optional netbook for $149.99. The program...

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Parent Spotlight: Schools of Hope Family Literacy Program

by (LiteracyCenter)

Submitted 03-07-2012 under NONPROFITS

Monica Zavala is a parent in our Schools of Hope Family Literacy Program. This posting reflects her writing ability at the time of her participation in the program.  My name is Monica Zavala. I am from Mexico and I’ve been living in the...

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Habitat recipient "pays it forward"

by (Chelsea)

Submitted 12-22-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

It started when a speck of shingle stone landed in Michael Bradley's eye. Bradley was volunteering as one of Union High School's Habitat builders. While Bill Moerdyk, a Kent County's Habitat for Humanity ...

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Family Promise fights homelessness with help from community

by (Melissa Beaver)

Submitted 12-14-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Imagine you are a child and your mother just told you that your family is moving. Your dad left about a month ago and you're not sure where you and your mom and your little brother are going to stay. All your life you have had a safe, dependable...

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Live Nativity planned for December 11

by (DominicanCenter...)

Submitted 11-29-2011 under NONPROFITS

A family event that will delight and inspire people of all ages, we will begin our journey on Sunday afternoon, December 11, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. with a candlelight walk led by the Three Kings through the St. Francis Sculpture Garden to the manger...

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Catalyst Radio: 200 volunteers to build new playground in Aberdeen Park in just six hours

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 09-16-2011 under NONPROFITS

Don't have time to listen right now? Download the MP3 and listen at your leisure.   INTERVIEW (10:13) Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Amway join us on air to talk about their efforts, along with Creston Neighborhood Association and a few...

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It's a big world

by (development)

Submitted 09-09-2011 under NONPROFITS

“It’s like we’re not in Michigan. It’s like we’re in Wisconsin.” That is how remote Forest Hills seems to a Burton Heights resident. Our perspective on the size of the world is usually determined by our...

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Literacy Center of West Michigan Family Literacy Program Thrives at Head Start

by (LiteracyCenter)

Submitted 08-23-2011 under NONPROFITS

For the past four years, the Literacy Center of West Michigan and Head Start for Kent County (HS4KC) have worked together to provide literacy learning opportunities for Head Start families. The Family Literacy Program, funded by donations to the...

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