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D.A. Blodgett St. John's supports community youth regardless of their background

D.A. Blodgett St. John's helps children and empowers families by providing safety, advocacy and support.
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NPO Showcase highlights nonprofit and government organizations and the work that they're doing in our community. The program is a feature of GRTV, a service of the Community Media Center, with producer and host Adrian Hirsch. You can catch it on GRTV on Saturdays at 8 AM and 6 PM and can view past episodes on Grand Rapids Community Media Center website. If your nonprofit would like to be interviewed on NPO Showcase, please contact Adrian Hirsch.

Jim Paparella on NPO Showcase

Jim Paparella on NPO Showcase /GRTV

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, Jim Paparella, President/CEO from D.A. Blodgett St. John's shares how the organization strengthens family bonds, and helps connect youth with alternative housing solutions. 

D.A. Blodgett St. John's goal is to keep families intact whenever possible by providing counseling services to children and their families with programs ranging from pregnancy counseling, young delinquent intervention, children with developmental disorders, in-home counseling, and more. They also coordinate mentoring services such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, and young mother mentoring.

For situations where immediate intervention is necessary, such as family abuse and neglect, D.A. Blodgett St. John's offers residential services for youth that need alternative housing. They also connect youth with foster care families, and provide a variety of adoption services and resources.  Beyond connecting children with the care they need, D.A. Blodgett St. John's provides educational resources for individuals interested in adoption or becoming foster parents. 

Community members can get involved by joining a planning guild, volunteering at the residential program campus, or by making a donation.

NPO Showcase is just one of the many ways that the Community Media Center serves the nonprofit community. For information about this and other CMC services for nonprofits, or to schedule a future interview, contact Nonprofit Outreach Coordinator, Adrian Hirsch, at 616-459-4788 x105 or email [email protected].

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