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Holiday Toy and Food Distribution

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 3:37pm

Do you know a family that could use some help this holiday season? They may be eligible to participate in [|Peace Neighborhood Center's] Holiday Toy and Food Distribution! From Thursday, December 1st through Thursday, December 8th, families can call in between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon-Fri to register. Households do need to qualify, and priority assistance will be given in this order: families who are registered in Peace Neighborhood Center programs; families who have never been helped by the PNC Holiday Program; families who did not receive assistance in 2015; families who reside in Ann Arbor; all other families (who reside in Washtenaw County).

If you have questions or would like to register, please call Peace Neighborhood Center at: 734-662-3564

For anyone looking to save some money and give a thoughtful, hand-made gift, be sure to check out our many upcoming [:events/33766|craft programs!]

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Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights TEEN GROUP

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 11:16am


[|Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, or WICIR] has long been a champion for our immigrant community by providing advocacy, information and legal assistance. Recently this group has created a safe space for immigrant youth & allies. Meetings take place at [|Corner Health] every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. Upcoming meetings are December 12, and January 9, 2017. Contact Frania Mendoza for more information: 734-273-9109 or

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Home Repair and Energy Efficiency Programs

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 1:55pm

[img_assist|nid=351169|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=100][|Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley] has a limited number of openings in two programs for qualified homeowners in Washtenaw County. Both programs serve owner-occupied, detached, single-family households up to 80% AMI (area median income). Mobile homes, condominiums and rentals are not eligible.

- Furnace Replacement Program:
Homeowners whose furnaces are 80% efficient or less may qualify for a new furnace. Following enrollment in the program, Habitat will have an approved HVAC contractor schedule an initial visit to verify that your furnace is eligible for replacement. At this time, the contractor will also inspect your water heater, take measurements and note any out-of-the-ordinary circumstances that might affect the replacement. If your furnace or water heater matches the replacement criteria, you’ll meet with a Habitat representative to provide documentation and complete paperwork for the replacement. Must have DTE for gas and electric. Please contact with any questions or for more information.

- Critical Home Repairs for Veterans:
Households in which a Veteran resides may be eligible for up to $15,000 of repairs, focusing on health and safety, structural improvements, energy efficiency, and accessibility improvements. Do not need to have DTE for utility service, but must be able to provide proof of ownership of home and be current with mortgage, home-owners insurance and property taxes. Please contact with any questions or for more information.

A number of [|Tools] are available to check the efficiency of your home, including [|a thermal leak detector,] and this [|energy meter.]

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Warming Center Information Winter 2016-2017

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 4:25pm

The [|Shelter Association of Washtenaw County] has released the following information about Warming Centers, and you can find the full schedule posted at the Delonis Center.

For access to the Warming Center each client must call [|Housing Access of Washtenaw County] at 734-961-1999 and obtain a referral to the Delonis Center. From November 1st through November 11th, there will be in person HAWC screeners at the Delonis Center from 6:00-10:00 p.m. to help with intake.[img_assist|nid=350223|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=88]

The Day Warming Shelter will begin on December 5th 2016 and will continue until April 3rd.

The Night Winter Programs will begin on November 14th 2016, and the last night will be April 2nd 2017.

If you have any questions please e mail Ellen at

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Teens Using Drugs: Education Series

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 10:26am


The [|Dawn Farms Education Series], "Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" reconvenes in January, 2017. This is a free, two-part series that will be presented from 7:30-9:00 pm Tuesday, January 3rd (part one, "What to Know"), and Tuesday, January 10th, (part two, "What to Do"). The programs will be held in the "Exhibition Room" on the first floor of [|St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center] at 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. The sessions are presented by the Dawn Farm Youth & Family Services team. This program is targeted primarily to parents/caretakers of teens & young adults but is inclusive of other family members, teens, professionals, students, people who sponsor or support teens, and others interested. Please contact 734-485-8725 or or see the link to [|Dawn Farm] for further information.

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WCSO Community Education Series

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 9:59am

Please join the [|Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office] for the fourth installment of their community engagement and education series. This session will be presented in partnership with Friends of Restorative Justice and Community Mental Health. It will focus on the Seattle LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) program and TJC (The Jail to Community) programs in Maryland and their potential application here in Washtenaw County. You will have the opportunity to learn about these programs and site visits, ask questions, and provide feedback.

--Thursday, November 3rd--
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building
4800 E. Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, 48105

Please click [|here] to register or email:[img_assist|nid=348487|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=106]

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Washtenaw Matters: Election 2016!

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 12:01pm


The newsletter formerly known as CivCity EXTRA is now Washtenaw Matters: News You Can Use! The September edition is focused on the Nov. 8 election. It offers quality information about The Path to the Presidency as well as local elections and vocabulary definitions. If you have any questions or would like a copy of the Tutor Guide, please email Alison Austin, Washtenaw Literacy Program Manager, at

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Pain Medication Take-Back Day

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 10:42am

Please join the [|Division of Pain Research,] Anesthesiology and the Ann Arbor Police Department to battle the very frightening but real trend of prescription drug abuse in teens. They are hosting their 4th free take-back event in hopes of bringing awareness to the community while also making homes safer.

WHEN: October 8, 2016 from 10:00-2:00 PM
WHERE: Pioneer High School Parking lot
WHY: In Washtenaw County alone, unintentional or undetermined opioid pain reliever overdoses more than doubled from 2014 to 2015 for residents 21 or younger. Behind marijuana, [b:1429256|prescription drugs] are the second most abused substance among teens today. Many teens mistakenly view prescriptions as a medically safe way to get high. Prescription pain relievers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, are most commonly abused and teens can get these easily from our homes.

Acceptable items include: pills, capsules or patches for pain management, sedatives and sleeping aids, ADHD medication and veterinary medicines. Please do not bring syringes, needles, lancets or liquids.

Help us keep teens and children safe by disposing unwanted, expired or unused medications at this free event!

If you have questions, please contact Kristin Bennett at: 734-998-0455 or [img_assist|nid=348880|title=Pain Medication Take-Back Day|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=100]

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WCSO Community Education Series

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 12:39pm

[img_assist|nid=348487|title=WCSO Community Education Series|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=106]In a continued effort to build stronger relationships and trust with the community they serve, the [|Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office] will be hosting a three-part educational series consisting of six different topic areas. Each session will be facilitated/instructed by Sheriff Clayton and will consist of a 40 minute class room discussion of each topic area followed by a question and answer period. If you are interested in learning the specifics behind these topics please join us. Here is information about the upcoming Parts Two and Three:

- Session Two -
Topic area 3 - Evolution of Subject Control/Use of Force
Topic area 4 - Accountability Practices (processing service complaints/internal investigations)

Wednesday, September 28th, 6-8 p.m.
Ypsilanti Township Hall
7200 S. Huron River Dr.,Ypsilanti, MI
Register [|here] for Session Two.

- Session Three -
Topic area 5 - Veteran Employee Training and our new training series (Managing Interpersonal Interactions)
Topic area 6 - Corrections Operations

Wednesday, October 12th, 6-8 p.m.
Dexter Middle School (Mill Creek)
7305 Dexter-Ann Arbor Rd, Dexter, MI
Register [|here] for Session Three.

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826Michigan Open House

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 5:49pm

Prospective, new and returning [|826Michigan] students and families are invited to join staff, interns and tutors for an Open House on Monday, October 10th from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

You'll have a chance to learn about cost-free programs, sample writing activities, explore the space, enjoy snacks and more!

826Michigan is located at 115 E. Liberty St., inside the Liberty Street [|Robot Supply][img_assist|nid=348417|title=826Michigan Open House |desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=80] and Repair shop, where all proceeds go directly to 826MIchigan. Please call for more information: 734.761.3463