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Spring 2012

Crossroads the communities’

TrueNorth’s mission is to be the communities’ crossroads where caring people come together to restore, reshape and enrich lives.

Welcome Have a Bowlapaloozing Good Time!

Bowlapalooza 2012

How to Contact TrueNorth

bowl for kids’ sake

Spare the excuses and strike up your friends, co-workers and relatives to team with you to bowl and help bring life-enriching mentors to local kids through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Bowl For Kids’ Sake “Bowlapalooza” brings teams of five bowlers together to have fun, but most importantly, to raise money that goes directly toward recruiting, enrolling and pairing volunteers with children needing them most. It’s all about the kids! The more donations you raise means more children will benefit by having a Big Brother or Big Sister in their lives. “Bowlapalooza” is the largest single fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Newaygo County and is among the largest such events in the county. Be a part of something “BIG”. Team up today and register to bowl! Your team can choose to bowl at Fremont Lanes on; •  April 20 – 4:00 – 6:00 pm, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, and 9:00 –11:00 pm •  April 21 – 1:00 –3:00 pm, 3:30 –5:30 pm, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, and 8:30 –10:30 pm •  April 27 – 5:15–7:15 pm; Fremont and Newaygo Schools and Friends Bowl, and 8:00 –10:00 pm; “Trades Bowling” (Builders, Electricians, etc.) Apart from the great feelings you’ll have for helping out a good cause, there are also some great incentives for teams, and individuals. For every $30 dollars in pledges raised, bowlers will receive a raffle ticket for great door prizes and all bowling fees are waived; for $60 raised in pledges, bowlers will receive a cool 2012 Bowlapalooza shirt; for $150 raised in pledges, bowlers will receive a handy BBBS folding camp chair; every bowler who raises at least $350 in pledges will receive a Blu-Ray Player! And the event’s top overall fundraiser will win a hot air balloon ride for two with Grand Traverse Balloons in Traverse City, an amazing value of nearly $600!! How cool is that? You can make a real difference in the lives of Newaygo County youth—and have a blast doing so. Teams can sign-up by contacting Lisa Schillaci at (231) 652-1184, or via email at lschillaci@truenorthservices.org. You can also register your team online at www.truenorthservices.org and create an online fundraising page at www.firstgiving.com/truenorth/event/bfks2012 Additional details are inside this publication on page 2.

TrueNorth Community Services 6308 S. Warner Avenue PO Box 149 Fremont, MI 49412

Phone (231) 924-0641 Fax (231) 924-5594 Email info@truenorthservices.org www.truenorthservices.org

Agency office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, however, please note many programs and services occur after hours, on the weekend, and off site. Be in the know! If you would like to be placed on the mailing list to receive information on our programs, services, and events, simply call to sign-up or email us at info@truenorthservices.org

Cómo contactar TrueNorth Su bienestar es principal interés de TrueNorth, y por eso nos esforzamos por ofrecer programas y servicios que afectan su calidad de vida en general. Los empleados y los voluntarios de TrueNorth a ofrecer soluciones en las áreas del abrigo, hambre, autosuficiencia de la familia, y el desarrollo de la juventud. Llama (231) 924-0641 para obtener más información con respecto a un programa o un servicio.

What You’ll Find Youth Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Community Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Become a Member! and Faith Thanks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Essential to You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Make a Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Mud Bowl Mania 2012 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8


Youth Connection TrueNorth Youth Development programs ensure that youth thrive. Through youth leadership development, family engagement, enhanced social/educational outcomes, and support of positive developmental assets, we enable our youth to reach their full potential. In other words, TrueNorth Youth Development programs empower youth to: • Grow Up (life-shaping character assets) • Reach Out (healthy relationships) • Give Back (socially-responsible civic involvement)

Big Brothers Big Sisters The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) philosophy is a simple one: create friendship with a child based on mutual trust and respect in a structured mentoring environment and the positive effects will “naturally” occur. The primary emphasis of this program is for the volunteer to be a positive influence and role model for the child with whom they mentor. Programs and Services • Community-Based Mentoring • Site-Based Mentoring Big Brothers or Big Sisters of Newaygo County Who: Individuals who enjoy working with children. What: Share common everyday activities as well as exciting new adventures with a child. When: As your schedule allows; meeting with the child for about 8 hours every month. Why: To provide a child with extra attention, special experiences and activities where selfesteem and self-confidence may flourish. How: To enroll or find out more information contact Lisa Schillaci at (231) 652-1184 or lschillaci@truenorthservices.org. Bowlapalooza The annual fundraising event where individuals ask friends, family and coworkers to financially support their bowling to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Newaygo County. Who: Youth supporters and bowlers What: Gain pledges and have fun bowling! When: April 20th, 21st, and 27th Where: Fremont Lanes How: To sign up a team or for more information, contact Lisa Schillaci at (231) 652-1184 or lschillaci@truenorthservices.org. Other Info: For every $30 dollars in pledges raised, bowlers will receive a raffle ticket for great door prizes and all bowling fees are waived; for $60 raised in pledges, bowlers will receive a cool 2012 Bowlapalooza shirt; for $150 raised in pledges, bowlers will receive a handy BBBS folding camp chair; every bowler who raises at least $350 in pledges will receive a Blu-Ray Player! And the event’s top overall fundraiser will win a hot air balloon ride for two with Grand Traverse Balloons in Traverse City, an amazing value of nearly $600!! How cool is that? Prizes and giveaways are based off donations turned in at time of bowl.

Camp Newaygo You don’t have to be a hundred miles from home to discover a new world at Camp Newaygo this summer! Thousands have enjoyed fun-filled summers at Camp Newaygo Girls’ Resident Camp, and co-ed Day Camp. Our 101-acre camp rests along Pickerel Lake, which is snuggled in the Manistee National Forest, near the town of Newaygo. If you like spending time in the outdoors, enjoying the sun and fresh air, having fun on the water, and making lifelong friendships, then Camp Newaygo is the place for you! Camp Newaygo is located at 5333 S. Centerline Road, Newaygo, MI 49337 Spring Volunteer Day Get out for an early spring clean up at Camp Newaygo. Adults and students needed, and families welcome. If you want to give back to your community and help get Camp off to a great start for 2012; this is a great day to get outside! Who: Everyone is invited When: Saturday, April 14. Work begins at 9:00 AM and wraps up around 4:00 PM Food: Lunch will be provided. Other Info: No particular skill required­—just a willingness to roll up your sleeves and help paint, clean, organize, and set-up camp after winter. Students: fulfill your volunteer hour requirements too. Please RSVP to Christa at (231) 652-1184 or csmalligan@campnewaygo.org. Horseplay: Live @ Camp Newaygo What: Help support Camp Newaygo’s continuing efforts to assist youth in the community. Local band Horseplay will perform live in Lang Lodge. Cash bar. Who: Anyone 18 and older When: Saturday, April 14, 8:00–11:00 p.m. Cost: $12 per person or $15 day of show. Call (231) 652-1184 to reserve. Open House How many times have you said “I have never been out to Camp Newaygo?” Now is your chance. Bring the family, pick up the grandkids and drive over and check us out. No need to sign-up for a program to take a tour and meet the staff. Registrations will be taken on site for those interested in upcoming programs. Who: Everyone is invited When: Sunday, April 15, noon–4:00 p.m. Other Info: Contact Christa at Camp for further details at (231) 652-1184 or csmalligan@ campnewaygo.org

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Spring Fashion Fling What: Enjoy an afternoon of fashion with a light lunch, silent auction, and runway show featuring ensembles from Elizabeth Halsey Boutique and local retailers. Who: Everyone is invited When: Sunday, May 6, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Cost: $12.00 per person Other Info: Contact Christa at Camp for further details at (231) 652-1184, or csmalligan@ campnewaygo.org. Dad & Me (grandpas and uncles too!) Head up to camp Friday night after work, move into your cabin and roast marshmallows around the campfire before nightfall. We have a great program planned. You and your “son or daughter” will be busy having fun trying archery, canoeing, games and enjoying the woods and water. Who: Dad (or grandpas or uncles) and the children in their lives When: One session only (for 4–8 year-olds), April 20–21 Cost: $125 for one adult and one child (+ $50 for each additional child and $75 for each additional adult) Other Info: Program starts Friday night with check-in at 6:30 p.m. (no dinner is provided Friday night) and ends with a cookout and swimming at the beach Saturday until 3:00 p.m. Summer Patio Dinner Series Come enjoy dinner and music on The Ridge, Camp’s garden patio overlooking Pickerel Lake. The events will feature gourmet menus of seasonal local foods, live entertainment, and amazing ambiance. Who: Dinner guests with a desire for good food, fellowship, and music! When: Saturday(s), June 16, July 21, and August 18. Seating begins at 6:00 p.m., and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $25.00 per person, per event—reservations only please. Other Info: For reservations or questions, please call Camp at (231) 652-1184. Mom & Me (grandmas and aunts too!) Singing around the campfire, canoeing on Lake Pickerel, catching their first fish or doing crafts are more fun together when all the planning and preparation is done for you. You can bring the little ones (girls or boys) and let us help you make the “best memories EVER!” And, no cooking—all weekend! Who: Mom (or grandmas or aunts) and the children in their lives When: Session I (3–6 year-olds), June 9–10, and Session II (for 5–10 year-olds), June 23–24. Cost: $152 for one adult and one child (+ $50 for each additional child and $75 for each additional adult) Other Info: Program starts Friday night with check-in at 6:30 p.m. (no dinner is provided Friday night) and ends with a cookout and swimming at the beach Saturday until 3:00 p.m. Girls Resident Camp Imagine the perfect day… you wake up for an early morning swim in the warm waters of Pickerel Lake with your friends and counselors. After breakfast you enjoy your daily classes; fencing on “Acorn Courts,” windsurfing across smooth water, and developing photos in the dark room. After dinner you and your cabin run through the woods battling against the other team to capture the flag. At night you sit with your new friends under the stars while your counselor teaches you special camp songs. As you fall asleep your head is full of laughter and your heart is filled with friendship. Sound perfect? It’s just another day at Camp Newaygo—so sign up now! Features sessions ranging from 4–14 days designed for girls ages 7–17. Each camper designs her own program of daytime activities. 2012 Resident Camp Schedule Session I (Mini Camp) Session II Session III Session IIIA Session IIIB Holdover Session IV Session IVA – 7yrs–7th Grade Only Session IVB – 7yrs–7th Grade Only

4 Days 6 Days 14 Days 7 Days 7 Days 1 Day 14 Days 7 Days 4 Days

June 27–June 30 July 1–July 7 July 8–July 21 July 8–July 14 July 15–July 21 July 21–July 22 July 22–August 4 July 22–July 28 July 29–August 1

$298 $485 $895 $485 $485 $85 $895 $485 $298

Specialty Programs (add-ons) • Creativity Plus – Session II, IIIA, and IVA, $40 • Science For Girls (4th Grade Only) – Session II, $40 • The Big Dig – Session IVA, $40 Day Camp For boys and girls to spend each day getting outside and having fun at camp. During week long sessions, counselors will provide activities and adventure from the many options available. Day-campers must bring their own lunch this year. Who: Boys and girls entering 1st–6th grades in fall 2012 are able to participate. For each session, campers will be divided in the morning into two groups by grades when enrollment allows, with everyone coming together in the afternoon. What: Day campers will spend the morning in activities centered around their chosen theme using the natural setting of camp. The afternoon will be spent doing typical camp activities like archery, hiking, games, nature, fishing, arts and crafts, and many others. Campers will also have an opportunity to swim every day! (Weather permitting) When: Day Camp runs each day from 8:30 am–4:30 pm. Parents can drop off their campers at the TrueNorth Service Center between 7:45 am–8:15 am. Parents can also drop off campers directly at camp between 7:45 am–8:30 am. Parents can pick up campers where they were dropped off in the morning at days end at camp from 4:30 pm–5:15 pm or at the TrueNorth Service Center from 4:45 pm–5:15 pm. There is an additional $12 per session fee for transportation from TrueNorth to Camp and back. Other Info: Call (231) 652-1184 with any questions.


(Co-Ed) Day Camp Session Dates $110 / Newaygo County Resident or $150 / Non-County Resident, Optional Overnight $25. Except for Session 9 – $298 Descriptions available online at www.campnewaygo.org Crazy Sports Session 1 – June 18–22 Survivor Camp Session 2 – June 25–29, Session 8 – August 6–10 Digging It Session 3 – July 2–6 Math Camp Session 4a – July 9–12 Arts Around Us Session 4b – July 9–12 Math Camp and Arts Around Us take place the same week but are separate programs. Campers will have lunch together and some of their “camp” activities will be together. Mad Science Session 5 – July 16–20 Medieval Kingdom Session 6 – July 23 –27 Winging It Session 7 – July 30–August 3 Overnight Adventure Session 9 – August 13–16 This is an overnight, co-ed camp program for students entering 5th and 6th grades. Conferences and Retreats Utilize camp’s beautiful scenery and rustic charm to make a unique spot for any organization. Camp’s qualified staff will work to ensure a memorable outdoor experience for your group. Staff can customize programs or you may organize your own activities. Staff can teach and supervise activities in a variety of areas, including: nature and environmental education, swimming, boating, arts and crafts, team building initiatives and adventure challenge course. Camp’s capacity is 300 and can customize programs based on your needs. Full food service is also available. Contact Christa Smalligan at Camp for further details at (231) 652-1184, or csmalligan@campnewaygo.org. Check out camp’s website at www.campnewaygo.org for additional information, including registration forms. If you would like a brochure mailed to you, email us at campbiz@ campnewaygo.org or call us at (231) 652-1184.

Cultural Enrichment The arts play a central role in the quality of life for people of all ages and backgrounds. TrueNorth’s Cultural Enrichment programs enhances area schools’ arts programs and provides Newaygo County families with affordable, accessible arts opportunities that they would not otherwise experience. Following are those for youth. Programs and Services • A.R.T.S. (Artists Reaching & Teaching Students) • Art-In • Art Scholarship Contest Music Enhancement • Music Specialists on Loan (S.O.L.O.) • Piano Initiatives/First Friday Showcase • Birthday Concert Series • Music Scholarship Contest Art Scholarship Contest Students may enter individual pieces of portfolios for a variety of recognition awards. Who: Middle School and High School art students Where: The TrueNorth Service Center – 6308 S. Warner Ave., Fremont, MI When: Judging on Thursday, May 3, with awards presentations Monday, May 7 at 7:00 pm Show Hours: Community members can view the artist’s work May 4–9 during regular business hours 8:00 am–5:00 pm and 5:00–7:00 pm on May 8, and 7:00–9:00 pm on May 9. Other Info: See your art teacher for details or contact Brenda at (231) 652-1184. First Friday Piano Showcase This monthly event showcases pianists receiving private instructions in a recital setting, and features our restored 1912 Steinway piano. The May showcase features ensembles. Who: Any piano students living in Newaygo County Where: Church of the Living Christ When: Friday, May 4 beginning at 4:00 pm Other Info: Contact Brenda at (231) 652-1184, or your piano teacher for further details.

Project FOCUS Project FOCUS is working to increase assets in our children through a comprehensive network of five community learning center programs that pool coordinated schedules, shared curriculum resources, mentoring, civic engagement, and high adventure and enrichment activities. The community learning centers are located in Baldwin Public Schools (elementary and middle), Hesperia Public Schools (combined elementary and middle), White Cloud Public Schools (elementary and middle), Hart Public Schools, and Walkerville Public Schools, and are for first through eighth grade students in those districts. Hesperia Elementary School Who: Grades 1–4 What: Project FOCUS offers a healthy snack, 45 minutes of homework help, and an enrichment activity daily. Activities include: arts & crafts, science exploration, fitness fun, reading activities, outdoor games, sports, character education, teamwork skills, and more! When: Monday–Thursday from 3:15–5:15 pm Other Info: Periodic special events will be scheduled. To register or for questions, contact Tami Crawford at (231) 854-6615 ext. 8613 (office) or tcrawford@truenorthservices.org

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Hesperia Middle School Who: 5th–8th graders What: Take advantage of homework help, hands-on enrichment activities, and occasional field trips. LEGO Mindstorms, remote controlled cars, mountain bike rides, hands-on science activities, engineering, technology, group games and art are just a few of the things that we are offering throughout the school year. Our “focus” will be on making learning fun. This is a great program to keep your kids on track with what is expected of them at school. Project FOCUS is also a great way to have fun while learning with plenty of friends that share common goals! Daily meal and transportation are also provided for free! When: Monday–Thursday, 3:10–5:15 pm, on every week that school is in session. Where: Hesperia Middle School: we meet right after school in the cafeteria. Other Info: Contact Dan Postema if you have any questions at (231) 854-6615, ext. 8720, or dpostema@truenorthservices.org White Cloud Jack D Jones and Upper Elementary Who: 1st–5th grade students What: Activities include a nutritious snack, 45 minutes of homework help, and daily enrichment activities including: reading, outdoor games, community service initiatives, physical education, arts and crafts and much more. When: Monday–Thursday, 3:15–5:15 pm, beginning September 19 Other Info: Summer programming starts June 18! Please call for more information Katie Mater at (231) 689-2306 or kmater@truenorthservices.org White Cloud Jr. High School Who: 6th–8th grade students What: Project FOCUS is an afterschool program that offers a nutritious snack, homework help, and enrichment activities. At Project FOCUS, students are encouraged to stay on top of their homework assignments and get extra help when they fall behind. Our enrichment activities provide students with opportunities to expand their learning, learn new talents and skills, and build their character. Periodic field trips and special events will be offered to Project FOCUS participants. Upcoming Highlights: Karaoke, Scrapbooking Club, Youth After School Awards, Archery, Cup Stacking Tournament, and Summer Registration Where: White Cloud Middle School, Room 123 When: Monday–Thursday, 3:10–5:15 pm Other Info: Open registration; bussing home available. Contact Samantha Dyga at (231) 689-3328 or sdyga@truenorthservices.org for more information! Big Brothers Big Sisters with Project FOCUS Who: Any high school student or community member who wants to be a mentor; the Littles are Project FOCUS participants What: Site-Based one-to-one mentoring Where: Hart, Hesperia, Walkerville, or White Cloud When: Matches meet weekly Other Info: Contact Lisa Schillaci at (231) 652-1184 or lschillaci@truenorthservices.org.

PACE PACE works to increase assets in our high school-aged students through a comprehensive network of five community learning center programs that pool coordinated schedules, shared curriculum resources, mentoring, civic engagement, and high adventure and enrichment activities. The community learning centers are located in Baldwin High School, Hesperia High School, White Cloud High School, Hart High School, and Walkerville High School. If you have a student that resides in the Baldwin, Hesperia, White Cloud, Hart or Walkerville school districts, fall within the grades noted, and would like to participate, you are encouraged to call to find out how to register your child. Hesperia High School Who: Grades 9–12 What: Need a place to work on homework while you wait for sports practice? Need extra help in a specific subject? Or want to be involved in more extra-curricular activities? Check out the PACE Program! We offer a variety of opportunities including math help, homework time, and many hands-on afterschool activities appealing to all Hesperia high school students. Hands-on enrichment activities include: college visits, community service, wii games, team building and more! When: Monday–Thursday, 3:10–5:15 pm Other Info: Stop in at the high school or contact Meaghan Bodrie, at (231) 854-6049 or mbodrie@truenorthservices.org White Cloud High School Who: Grades 9–12 Where: White Cloud High School When: Monday–Thursday, 3:10–5:30 pm Other Info: To register for the PACE program or questions, please contact Laurie Gill at (231) 689-3254 or at lgill@truenorthservices.org White Cloud Summer PACE Sign up NOW for 6 weeks of fun in the summer! Dates: June 18th–June 26th (Monday–Thursday) Times: 9:00 am–1:00 pm (Transportation provided) Upcoming Events: • Youth Expo – April 26, 2012 • Advanced Art Classes through the NCCA; The Arts Place • Nutrition & Culinary Club • Archery • Sewing • Karaoke • Scrapbooking • Safer Choices Curriculum II through Family Health Care • RC Cars • Youth Apprenticeship Program • Venturing Program through the Boy Scouts of America • College Visits Participants who have maintained a standard of excellence will be able to take part in many special events such as Speak Up (Leadership & Philanthropy Program), Educational Field Trips and College Visits.


Community Connection Since your well-being is our primary interest, TrueNorth strives to provide quality programs and services that impact the entire person. TrueNorth staff and volunteers offer solutions in the areas of housing, hunger, family self-sufficiency, and youth development. In addition, TrueNorth offers community enhancement services that improve the quality of life.

Retirement Apartments CNH owns and operates a ten-unit five duplex housing complex on Southwoods Avenue in the City of Fremont. The housing facility is adjacent to Arboretum Park and contains six carports, off-street parking, coin-operated laundry and storage space. Each unit is approximately 800 square feet with a full kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedroom. Heat, cooking and hot water are gas operated and individually controlled.

With Seniors in Mind

Homebuyer Assistance Program The Homebuyer Assistance Program (HAP) is designed to assist low to moderate income families purchase and renovate homes in Newaygo County. Individual counseling will be provided to help with credit/debt/affordability analysis and helping to build a credit history. Our goal at CNH is to help you become mortgage ready! CNH offers up to $10,000 for down payment assistance and closing costs, and up to $20,000 for renovations.

TrueNorth offers programs and services tailored to fit the needs of area senior adults. LifeLink and MD.2 TrueNorth has offered a personal emergency response system for over 20 years to Newaygo County elderly and other area residents who are subject to sudden, lifethreatening changes in their medical condition. The program’s main purpose has always been to provide an easy to use system that allows its subscribers to summon professional, medical help in the event of an emergency. The LifeLink program also offers the MedReady medication dispensing system to Newaygo County residents. The MedReady system is designed to help individuals who forget to take their medications, or take a large number of medications, with medication management. The MedReady system, coupled with the current LifeLink equipment, is another step in giving Newaygo County residents the ability to live at home, rather than be institutionalized due to medical issues. Contact Charlie Johnson at (231) 924-0641, ext. 136 or cjohnson@truenorthservices.org for more information. LifeLink is seeking volunteers to install units, clean units, and to sit on the advisory board. Donations, of any amount, would also be greatly appreciated to help low-income seniors and disabled individuals have LifeLink in their homes. 2012 Senior and Caregiver Expo will be an excellent source of information for seniors and their caregivers. There will be a vendor area where businesses, non-profits, and government agencies will provide information and health screenings. Classes will be offered providing information, gardening, legal matters, exercise, and other topics. There will be a raffle of items provided by the vendors. Additionally, the Expo will provide a free light breakfast and lunch to the seniors and their caregivers. Who: TrueNorth LifeLink Program and Newaygo County Senior Coordinating Council What: 2012 Senior and Caregiver Expo When: June 21st, from 9:00 am–1:00 pm Where: Providence Christian High School, 5479 W. 72nd St., Fremont, MI 49337 (on M-82 at the big curve between Newaygo and Fremont.) Other Info: Contact Charlie Johnson at (231) 924-0641, ext. 136 for further information. Congregate Meal Site TrueNorth serves as a lunch site for senior adults Monday through Thursday through a partnership with Newaygo County Commission on Aging. Sites are designed to maintain or improve the physical and social well-being of mobile older adults through appropriate nutrition services in a group setting. If you are interested in coming for lunch or have any questions, call Commission on Aging at (231) 689-2100. The Center for Nonprofit Housing (CNH) is a supporting organization of TrueNorth committed to assuring all members of our community have access to quality affordable housing, one home at a time.

Center for Nonprofit Housing Programs and Services • Homebuyer Education Classes • Financial Literacy Classes • Home Maintenance Classes • Foreclosure Prevention Classes • Homebuyer Assistance • Rental Apartments • Retirement Apartments • Housing Choice Vouchers • Home Ownership Counseling

Homebuyer Education, Financial Management, Pre-Ownership, Foreclosure Prevention, and Home Maintenance Classes Providing this service to applicants, especially those who do not immediately qualify for mortgage financing helps broaden the pool of prospective homebuyers by allowing families access to the information necessary for them to purchase on their own or utilize our services once their financial situation has improved. CNH provides confidential counseling at no cost to families who are facing foreclosure or experiencing a financial hardship that may lead to foreclosure. CNH works with families facing this crisis to help them understand all available options to prevent the foreclosure from occurring. CNH offers these services at no cost to the homeowner. Homeowners need to attend the class (one time only) and schedule a confidential and private appointment to meet with a housing counselor. CNH is certified by HUD and MSHDA. Call to register for a class and schedule an appointment. CNH Financial Literacy Class Who: Anyone who may want to consider purchasing a home in the future. What: You will learn about building a solid financial foundation necessary to avoid any financial pitfalls. Basic and advanced budgeting methods including money management, debt management, savings and credit will be shared. When: Saturday, April 14, and Saturday, June 9 Time: 9:00 am–1:00 pm Where: TrueNorth Service Center Other Info: This is a free class! Call Veronica at (231) 924-0641, ext.132 to register CNH Homebuyer Education Class Who: Open to everyone What: Credit Scores, mortgages and home shopping…oh my! You don’t have to be a first time homebuyer to come to this fun class to learn all you need to know when buying a home! When: Saturday, May 12 Time: 9:00 am–4:00 pm Where: TrueNorth Service Center Other Info: This is a free class! Call Veronica at (231) 924-0641, ext.132 to register You are encouraged to pre-register for all CNH classes. If you have any questions concerning any CNH program or service, you are encouraged to call (231) 924-0641 for more information.

Collaborations I.A.C. (InterAgency Committee) Who: All Case Workers who provide services and programs within Newaygo County. What: Designed to improve client and agency communication and streamline services When: The second Wednesday of each month at 8:30 am – April 10, May 9, and June 13 Where: The TrueNorth Service Center

TrueNorth Through The Years 1972–Present Our Food Pantry provides a five day supply of food staples to local residents in need.

1991–Present Coats For Kids began after a local resident turned tragedy into social activism. After his wife passed away, Max Dietz brought in her collection of coats with this challenge: "Get them to children who need them."

2009–Present Our Homeless Duplexes address issues of Rural Homelessness head-on by providing eight 3-bedroom housing units in Newaygo and Lake Counties. 4


Stability Self-Sufficiency Enrichment Opportunity Inspiring words, without a doubt. They embody our tireless commitment to improving the lives of people in Newaygo County and neighboring communities. These words encompass the heart and soul of our work, by reflecting who we are and our ability to assist our communities. Here’s how: We ATTACK POVERTY by providing food and shelter, homeless prevention services, health and nutrition support, homeowner education, heat and energy assistance, and adult literacy skills training. We partner with those in need to help them navigate along life’s most challenging paths. We BUILD-UP YOUTH through mentoring, after-school programs, a topnotch resident camp, along with environmental, and leadership programs. All the while, we’re helping our community’s youth thrive by attaining important life-building skills as they make their way to adulthood. We FOSTER VIBRANT COMMUNITIES by encouraging citizen involvement; attracting and engaging volunteers; creating opportunities and programs for arts and culture; and by collaborating with rural organizations to ensure healthy and vital communities. We develop CREATIVE NON-PROFIT LEADERSHIP so that organizations and people can organize, become more self-sufficient and develop a coordinated network. Through a strong board of directors and staff, well-trained volunteers, quality improvement initiatives, research, and evaluation, we address the rapidly changing needs of our communities.

Thank You to the Faith Community for Energy and Food Gifts TrueNorth would like to graciously thank the following churches for their gifts of money and/or food to the Food Pantry from December 1, 2011 through March 5, 2012. Their gifts helped an average of 784 households each month receive the most basic of needs—food. Fremont • All Saints Church / St. Joseph Catholic Church • Church of the Living Christ • First Congregational Church • First Reformed Church • Fremont Christian Church • Fremont United Methodist Church • Fremont Wesleyan Church • Redeemer Lutheran Church • Reeman Christian Reformed Church • Saint John's Episcopal Church Hesperia • Christ the King Church Through their generosity, $2,718.60 was given monetarily in support of the Food Pantry. In addition to the monetary gifts, 1,630 pounds of food was donated, which has an estimated value of $3,573.07. Also, thank you to Church of the Living Christ in Fremont for the $375 donation and Lighthouse Community Church in Hesperia for the $400 donation to help those in need with heat and energy assistance.

Together, all of these result in a better life for the individuals and families who call our communities home. And through your membership, we can continue to provide the stability, self-sufficiency, enrichment and opportunities that make a powerful impact in the lives of our children and families in need. Membership is at the very foundation of our organization which provides TrueNorth Community Services with the financial support to implement our programs and services to our children, our families, our senior citizens, and our communities. Please join us by becoming a member today and, know that through your membership, you help provide the essential support necessary to operate our much needed programs and services. Please join us today! Please detach and return your completed giving form to: TrueNorth Community Services, PO Box 149, Fremont, MI 49412. You can also donate online at www.truenorthservices.org and click “Donate Now”. Any questions please call Darci David at (231) 924-0641, ext. 111.

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Essential to You TrueNorth believes that every person living in Newaygo County should have food, heat, safe and affordable housing, and other basic necessities for their households. Unfortunately many families are in crisis, struggling to make ends meet due to job loss, low wages, fixed incomes, an injury or illness, or lack of affordable housing. TrueNorth’s Housing and Family Services strive to restore families to a condition that is not dominated by crisis and stress by meeting immediate, basic needs. Further, TrueNorth case managers routinely collaborate with other local human service agencies to help families create long-term solutions that prevent future crises and lead to greater self-sufficiency. Programs and Services Hunger Initiatives TrueNorth works to ensure our children, families and our seniors have consistent, dependable access to enough food for active, health living through food provisions, a healthful diet and nutrition education. Our continuum of food programs include: • Food Pantry • Mobile Food Trucks • Staples Food Program

Family Support Services • Client Advocacy, Counseling, Referral • Family Emergency Needs • Life Skills and Self-Sufficiency • Student Loans • Project Literacy (Adult Literacy Services) • Medical Equipment Loan Project Literacy The goal of Project Literacy is to ensure that all Newaygo County adults with literacy needs have access to services that will help them gain basic skills necessary for success in the workplace, family, and community. Who: Adults who want to improve their literacy skills and volunteers to be trained as tutors What: Confidential one-on-one tutoring in basic reading and writing When: Once a week for 1-2 hours as arranged between student and tutor Where: At a public location convenient to both student and tutor (Ex. TrueNorth or a public library) Why: To improve literacy skills and enhance personal success How: Potential students and tutors can contact Lora Stevens at (231) 9240641, ext. 119 or lstevens@truenorthservices.org.

Mobile Food Trucks Sponsored by the Fremont Area Community Foundation Who: Anyone in need of food—there are no income guidelines. What: Food Distribution Where: The parking lot of the TrueNorth Service Center When: Wednesday, April 25, May 23, June 27 at 10:00 am Other Info: Registration begins at 9:30 am. Contact Tammy Arnold for more information at (231) 924-0641, ext. 124 or tarnold@truenorthservices. org. Please bring a container that will hold up to 50 pounds of food, and wagons or wheeled carts are recommended. Meal: FREE Community Breakfast available to anyone on days of Food Truck Distribution at the TrueNorth Service Center. Breakfast served and provided by Reeman Christian Reformed Church. Homeless Prevention • Heat & Utility Payment Assistance • Emergency Shelter Stay and/or Motel Vouchers • Rent & Mortgage Arrearages Assistance • Transitional Supportive Housing Case Management • Family Self Sufficiency Wraparound Services • Long Term Case Management • Emergency Fire Assistance • Landlord/Tenant Advocacy Services for Children • Children’s Christmas Programs • Coats for Kids (& Adults) • Children’s Car Seats and Special Needs • Medical/Dental Assistance • Tools for School Tools for School Referral forms will be given to the schools the first week in May. Referral forms must be turned back into the school no later than May 31. Who: Kids K–12 from qualifying, low-income families. What: A “back-to-school” event allowing students from qualifying, low-income families to enter school a truenorth community service on a level playing field by providing needed school supplies. Where: TrueNorth Service Center When: Event is on August 9th Other Info: Please contact TrueNorth Community Services for more information at (231) 924-0641 or check www.truenorthservices.org

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Make a Difference *We would like to extend a special thank you to all of our volunteers. Your dedication and generosity helps us serve those who need it most.* Our agency strives to enhance the quality of life in Newaygo County by promoting and supporting volunteerism. We are conveners for the community, catalysts for social action and key local resources for volunteer involvement. Matching your interests and skills is a service that we are pleased to provide through our Volunteer Resource Center. All volunteer opportunities are posted online at www. truenorthservices.org and www.volunteermatch.com. TrueNorth Volunteer Resource Center The Volunteer Resource Center works to help area organizations and agencies with their volunteer needs. Online resources for volunteer coordinators are available on our website at www.truenorthservices.org as well as a section for area nonprofits to post their volunteer opportunities. If your agency is in need of volunteers or if you would like to know more about the resources we offer, please contact Lora Stevens at (231) 924-0641, ext. 119, or lstevens@truenorthservices.org. Food Pantry Meet & Greet Meet & Greet volunteers check-in families before they access the food pantry. These volunteers also enter important, confidential information into a computer database, so office skills are necessary. Volunteers are trained on the job and a background check is required before volunteering. Who: Individuals with a passion to help those in need What: Greet families as they access the food pantry and enter information into a computer database When: A four-hour morning or afternoon shift weekly (or bi-weekly) Where: TrueNorth Food Pantry Why: To provide food for families in need How: Potential Food Program volunteers can contact Lora Stevens at (231) 924-0641, ext. 119 or lstevens@truenorthservices.org. Food Pantry Client Care This is a key position in the food pantry because volunteers in this position distribute food to low income families in the community. These volunteers also collect food in the pantry from those who donate it. Who: Individuals with a passion to help those in need What: Respectfully assist families in choosing food and restock shelves as needed When: A four-hour morning or afternoon shift weekly (or bi-weekly) Where: TrueNorth Food Pantry Why: To provide food for families in need How: Potential Food Program volunteers can contact Lora Stevens at (231) 924-0641, ext. 119 or lstevens@truenorthservices.org. Mobile Food Pantry (Food Truck) The Mobile Food Pantry is a monthly food truck at TrueNorth that provides food for individuals and families in need in Newaygo County. Volunteers are needed to help distribute food and help carry food to their cars. Who: Individuals who would like to volunteer once a month What: Distribute food to families and help carry the food to their cars When: Last Wednesday of every month (except December) from 9:30 am-11:00 am Where: TrueNorth Parking Lot How: Potential Mobile Food Pantry volunteers can contact Lora Stevens at (231) 9240641, ext. 119 or lstevens@truenorthservices.org. Housing & Family Services Filing Assistant The Housing & Family Services (HFS) department provides a variety of services to address rural poverty. Volunteers will assist caseworkers in the department by maintaining the file room and providing other office support. Who: Individuals who are 18+, have organizational skills, and are detail-oriented What: Help maintain the file room and provide office support to HFS When: 5–10 hours per week depending on department needs Where: TrueNorth Service Center Why: Volunteers are needed in the HFS Department to support staff so they can provide more services to families in need How: To volunteer, please contact Lora Stevens at (231) 924-0641 or lstevens@ truenorthservices.org. Big Brothers Big Sisters The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) philosophy is a simple one: create friendship with a child based on mutual trust and respect in a structured mentoring environment and the positive effects will “naturally” occur. Who: Individuals who enjoy working with children What: Share everyday activities as well as exciting new adventures with a child When: As your schedule allows; meeting with the child for approx. 8 hours/month Where: Throughout Newaygo County Why: To provide a child with extra attention, special experiences and activities where self-esteem and self-confidence may flourish. How: To enroll or find out more information contact Lisa Schillaci at (231) 652-1184 or lschillaci@truenorthservices.org.

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Gardening Guru TrueNorth has several gardens outside of the agency building in Fremont. The gardens need regular attention from a volunteer who enjoys gardening (a.k.a. “Gardening Guru”). If you have never gardened before but would like to learn how, this could be a great opportunity for you as well. Who: Individuals who enjoy gardening What: Help maintain the gardens at TrueNorth When: Bi-weekly throughout the gardening season or as needed Where: TrueNorth Service Center Why: To make our building more inviting to those who may need to use our services How: To volunteer, please contact Lora Stevens at (231) 924-0641 or lstevens@ truenorthservices.org. Warm Hearts Blanket Bee The cold winter weather is an especially challenging time for low-income families who cannot afford to heat their homes adequately. Often, the only thing that separates cold people from comfort is a warm blanket. Warm Hearts Blankets are made using the no-sew method of knotting two pieces of fleece together, which ensures that almost anyone can do it because no sewing experience is necessary! Who: Anyone who would like to join together and make blankets What: Make a no-sew fleece blanket When: Monday, May 21 from 5:30–7:30 pm Where: TrueNorth Service Center Why: To make blankets for those in need of extra warmth How: To RSVP for the event, please contact Lora Stevens at (231) 924-0641, ext. 119, or lstevens@truenorthservices.org. Camp Spring Volunteer Day Join the Camp Newaygo staff in fun clean up projects and a little spring cleaning to get ready for summer. Lunch will also be provided. Who: Individuals who want to spend a day doing spring cleaning. What: Clean up projects such as raking leaves, organizing, power washing, preparing cabins for new beds, painting cabins, gardening and more! When: April 14 from 9 am–4 pm Where: Camp Newaygo How: To volunteer, please contact Camp Newaygo at (231) 652-1184 or campbiz@ campnewaygo.org. RSVP required. Spring Fashion Fling & Ridge Dinner Series Camp Newaygo has a Spring Fashion event and three community dinners with local chefs and live entertainment. Volunteers are needed at these events for a variety of tasks to make guests feel welcome. This opportunity is great for middle or high school students who are looking to gain skills as restaurant servers! Who: Adults who enjoy helping with community events or youth who would like to gain skills as restaurant servers What: Polish silverware, set the tables, serve food, clear tables, and help clean the kitchen afterward When: Spring Fashion Fling – May 6 from 12 pm–4 pm Ridge Dinners – June 16, July 21, and August 18 from 4 pm–11 pm Where: Camp Newaygo How: To volunteer, please contact Camp Newaygo at (231) 652-1184 or email csmalligan@campnewaygo.org. Camper Arrival & Departure Days The busiest days at Camp Newaygo are arrival and departure days for campers. Extra volunteers are needed on these days to greet campers for each session and help campers depart, so staff members can answer any questions that parents may have. Coming to camp can be an intimidating experience for children as well as parents, so it is important to make them feel as welcome as possible. Who: Individuals who would like to support the mission of Camp Newaygo What: Volunteer for a variety of positions including check-in/out, parking attendants, nurse, nurse greeter to check paperwork, office assistants, and a golf cart driver When: Day Camp Arrival – 7:30 am–9 am on June 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug 6, 13 Resident Camp Arrival – 2:30 pm–5 pm on June 27 and July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Resident Camp Departure – 9:30 am–12 pm on June 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; and Aug 1, 4 Where: Camp Newaygo How: To volunteer, please contact Camp Newaygo at (231) 652-1184 or csmalligan@ campnewaygo.org. Camp Newaygo Volunteers The mission of Camp Newaygo is to foster exploration, creativity and cooperation among individuals and communities in the natural environment. Volunteers are particularly needed in the summer months to help fulfill that mission. Who: Individuals who would like to volunteer during the summer on a weekly basis What: Volunteer for a variety of positions including gardening (starting in spring), office assistant, running errands, delivering camper mail, van drivers, or boat drivers When: Must be available from 8 am–3 pm one day per week June–August 2012 Where: Camp Newaygo, 5333 Centerline Rd., Newaygo How: To volunteer, please contact Camp Newaygo at (231) 652-1184 or csmalligan@ campnewaygo.org.


Spring 2012

Crossroads the communities’

TrueNorth’s mission is to be the communities’ crossroads where caring people come together to restore, reshape and enrich lives.

Dive In! Mud Bowl Mania 2012 Bump, Set, Spike and Get Muddy! – SATURDAY, JULY 14 It’s time to Dive In (to the mud) and get your team registered now! Teams may consist of up to 8 players; up to 6 allowed on the court at one time; at least 2 must be of the opposite sex. There are two divisions of play this year: 18 & Under and Adult Open. Younger players may be a part of team in the Adult Open division, but those over 18 may not play in the 18 and Under division.

OPTION I: Register online at www.mudbowlmania.com. Payments may be made through PayPal. OPTION II: Print registration form and mail with check made payable to: “TrueNorth Community Services” with “Mud Bowl Mania” on the Memo line and mail to: TrueNorth Community Services, P.O. Box 149 Fremont, MI 49412.

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Crossroads: Spring 2012  

TrueNorth's mission is to be the communities' crossroads where caring people come together to restore, reshape and enrich lives.

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