MapleCreek Residents send backpacks to foster care students

by Megan Streng 21. August 2012 08:05

On August 15, 13 residents from The Lodge at MapleCreek packed backpacks to give to school-aged kids in Lutheran Social Services of Michigan (LSSM) Foster Care in Grand Rapids.

The backpacks were full of supplies including pens, pencils, pencil boxes, folders, notebooks, scissors, glue sticks and bottles, coloring supplies, rulers, snack packs, tote bags and a small piece of advice from the residents "Do your best at whatever you do!"

"The residents wanted to do something to reach out to others," said Christa Schwarz, activity director at the Lodge at MapleCreek. "Our goal was to have enough supplies to provide bags for 50 foster children, and we're happy to say we exceeded that goal."

Items were donated by MapleCreek family and staff as well as by Meijer, Elmer’s Glue, Wolverine, Sodexo and Walgreens. The residents were able to give back to the community, and enjoyed reminiscing about their school days while packing the bags.  We hope to make it an annual event!

Refugee School Impact Program expands

by Barbara Lewis 4. October 2011 15:21

Lutheran Social Services of Michigan is expanding its Refugee School Impact Program from Southeastern Michigan to Ingham and Kent counties. The State of Michigan has renewed Lutheran Social Services’ contract to provide the service in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and has granted the organization new contracts to serve Ingham and Kent. The contracts will be effective on November 1.

The Refugee School Impact Program helps students and their parents adjust to the American school system. The program also helps teachers and administrators understand the unique challenges faced by refugee families as they adjust to an unfamiliar culture. Program activities include English as a second language instruction, after-school tutorials, programs that encourage high school completion and full participation in school activities, after-school and/or summer clubs and activities, parent involvement programs, bilingual/bicultural counseling, interpreter services and more.

The Refugee School Impact Program is funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through grants to states serving refugees.

In addition to Refugee School Impact services, Lutheran Social Services also offers refugee resettlement services and refugee employment services. The organization served 4,675 refugees in fiscal 2011 through offices in Southfield, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Battle Creek, with satellite offices in Madison Heights, Sterling Heights and Dearborn.


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